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Document Number: 6005

Affordability of Postsecondary Education: Equity and Adequacy Across the 50 States - As the cost of college continues to rise in state after state, policymakers are increasingly concerned with the affordability of a postsecondary education. This report from the Center for American Progress argues that decreases in the purchasing power of the federal Pell Grant, the institution of financial aid policies that benefit middle and upper-income students and the rising cost of higher education in the United States have created disparities in access and financial equity across the country. The report measures these disparities across the states, paying special attention to tuition increases and the availability of need-based financial aid. Despite claims to the contrary, the author concludes that steep tuition hikes have not been adequately offset by a corresponding increase in financial aid for low-income students. Numerous data tables explaining enrollment and funding patterns are also included. (Edward P. St. John, Center for American Progress and Institute for America's Future, 2005)...

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