Tag Archives: financial aid

5 ways the proposed PROSPER Act could impact students

5 ways the proposed PROSPER Act could impact students

For the first time in nearly a decade, the United States Congress is about to take up legislation to upgrade the Higher Education Act – the federal law that governs how the federal government supports and regulates higher education institutions. The process began earlier this month, when U.S. Rep. Virginia Foxx, a Republican from North […] … learn more→

The troubling use of ‘merit aid’ at public flagships and research universities

The troubling use of ‘merit aid’ at public flagships and research universities

On average, $1 out of every $3 that public research universities and land-grant institutions spent on financial aid in the 2014-15 academic year went to students without financial need, according to a new analysis of institutional aid data that I conducted. This analysis focused on public universities represented by the Association of Public and Land-grant […] … learn more→

Good reads—Higher Education: No. 1

A cluster of recent articles has addressed the growing issue of access to higher education for students from poor and working-class backgrounds. Published in The Atlantic, Jordan Weissmann’s “How Colleges Are Selling Out the Poor to Court the Rich” opens with an assertion that is absolutely true but will come as a major surprise to […] … learn more→

College completion report part II: College aid and affordability

Last week, we reported on the College Completion Agenda and the dismal rate of progress being made regarding progress in improving graduation rates utilizing a set of recommendations recommended by the College Board Advocacy and Policy Center Advisory Board. This week, we’re going to look at the Board’s findings regarding college affordability.  Although the economic […] … learn more→