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Redesigning State Financial Aid: Principles to Guide State Aid Policymaking - Changing demographics and shifting expectations for higher education create fertile ground for states to redesign and re-conceptualize financial aid programs. This paper advances the idea that such a redesign should be student centered, goal driven and data informed, timely and flexible, and broadly inclusive of all students' educational pathways. (Sarah Pingel and Brian Sponsler, ECS, April 2015) ...

Exploring the Topic of Indirect Costs to Today's Higher Education Students - Indirect costs make up the majority of the cost of attendance for more than half of American college students. Such costs include books and supplies, room and board; they may include transportation, health insurance, a computer, laundry, recreation and clothing. The author asserts that as Higher Education Act reauthorization is discussed, more research needs to be conducted on the topic with attention paid to best practices setting indirect cost budgets and how to best account for the varying needs of individual students. (Robert Kelchen, ACE and CEAI, August 2015)...

Tuition and Fees in the West 2014-15 - Average resident undergraduate tuition and fees for the academic year 2014-15 at public two-year institutions in the WICHE region (excluding California) increased by 2 percent ($67) from the previous year, while published prices at public four-year institutions grew by 2.3 percent ($180). By comparison, nationally, the one-year increase was 3.1 percent for two-year and four-year institutions. (Peace Bransberger, WICHE, May 2015)...

High Costs, Uncertain Benefits: What Do Americans Without a College Degree Think About Postsecondary Education? - A survey indicates that many adults without a college degree aspire to a higher education credential, but most overestimate the cost of higher education, which could deter them from pursuing that goal. Many are uncertain about the wage returns of a credential and don't see the value of returning to school. Efforts to encourage education and training should point out the cost benefits. (Andrew P. Kelly, American Enterprise Institute, April 2015)...

Top 10 Higher Education State Policy Issues for 2015 - Look for these issues to provoke considerable activity in state legislatures in 2015: tuition policy, state appropriations for higher education, campus sexual assault, veterans education benefits, undocumented students, guns on campus, secondary-postsecondary alignment, state student aid programs, performance-based funding and free community college. Do not look for Congressional passage of reauthorization of the Higher Education Act. (AASCU, January 2015)...

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)...

Financing Postsecondary Education in the United States - In 2011, the federal government provided $146 billion in student financial aid in grants and loans. The total amount disbursed to students as loans increased almost fourfold, from $10 billion in 2000 to $38 billion in 2010. The total amount disbursed to students as loans increased 2 1/2 times from $43 billion in 2000 to $109 billion in 2010. Participation in postsecondary education in the United States has expanded over the last decade. Students are increasingly relying on loans as a funding sources. (NCES, May 2013) (National Center for Education Statistics, May 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)...

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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