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College Bound with the What Works Clearinghouse - College application deadlines are looming so here are tips on successful college application and enrollment from a trustworthy source. States could promote these practice guides to inspire counselors and help college-bound students and their families navigate financial aid, exams, applications, and remain enrolled in high school.(What Works Clearinghouse, November 2013)...

A Small Percentage of Families Save in 529 Plans - This GAO report finds that less than 3% of U.S. families saved for college in a 529 plan or Coverdell Education Savings Account in 2010. Those who did save had 25 times the median financial assets and 3 times the median income of those who didn't have these accounts. (GAO, December 2012)...

Federal Education Tax Benefits: Who Receives Them and to What Extent Do They Shape the Price of College Attendance? - This "Statistics in Brief" applies IRS rules and data to a nationally representative sample of 200708 undergraduates to estimate who received education tax benefits and looks at the extent to which these benefits shaped their price of college attendance. (Alexandria Radford and Lutz Berkner, U.S. Department of Education, November 2011)...

Debt to Degree: A New Way of Measuring College Success - Education Sector has created a new, comprehensive measure, the "borrowing-to-credential ratio." For each college, authors Kevin Carey and Erin Dillon have taken newly available U.S. Department of Education data showing the total amount of money borrowed by undergraduates and divided that sum by the total number of degrees awarded. The results are revealing. (Education Sector, August 2011)...

Postsecondary Institutions and Price of Attendance in the United States: Fall 2009, Degrees and Other Awards Conferred: 2008-09, and 12-Month Enrollment: 2008-09 - This report is based on the collection of data from more than 6,700 postsecondary education institutions that participate in the Title IV federal student financial aid programs. The purpose of the report is to introduce new data through the presentation of tables containing descriptive information. Only selected findings are presented rather than a discussion of all of the observed differences, and they are not meant to emphasize any particular issue. (Laura Knapp, Janice Kellly-Reid and Scott Ginder, National Center for Education Statistics, August 2010)...

Student Financing of Undergraduate Education: 2003-04 - This report provides detailed information about undergraduate tuition and total price of attendance at various types of institutions, the percentage of students receiving various types of financial aid and the average amounts that they received. Selected finding include: (1) in 2003-04, 75% of all full-time undergraduates received some type of financial aid, with 50% taking out student loans ($6,200 average), and 62% receiving grants ($5,600 average); (2) the average tuition and fees for full-time undergraduates in 2003-04 were $2,000 at public 2-year, $5,400 at public 4-year and $18,400 at private not-for-profit 4-year institutions; (3) the total price of attendance for full-time undergraduates was $10,500 at public 2-year, $15,200 at public 4-year, and $28,300 at private not-for-profit 4-year institutions; and (4) after subtracting all financial aid (including loans), the average out-of-pocket net price of attendance for full-time low-income dependent undergraduates was $6,000 at public 2-year, $5,600 at public 4-year and $9,200 at private nonprofit 4-year institutions. (Lutz Berkner and Christina Chang Wei, National Center for Education Statistics, August 2006) ...

Course Corrections: Experts Offer Solutions to the College Cost Crisis - As tuition rises across the country, the affordability of postsecondary education is of growing concern in the states. Produced by the Lumina Foundation, this report provides both state examples and ideas for cutting college costs and making higher education more accessible to students who are currently priced out of the system. A collection of policy experts and authors examine a variety of new solutions for making college affordable, including outsourcing, redesign, preparation and controlling textbook costs. (Lumina Foundation for Education, 2005)...


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