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Recession, Retrenchment and Recovery: State Higher Education Funding & Student Financial Aid Volume II - This report examines 25 years of data regarding financial access to higher education. In a state-by-state comparison, the report details higher education financial access during recessions and policy strategies for the states that maintained access. Also included are suggestions for improvement and success extrapolated from the data and policymaker interviews. (Allison S. Ambrose, Edward R. Hines, Ross A. Hodel, Kathleen F. Kelly, Christopher E. Mushrush, Sheila J. Pruden, W. Paul Vogt, Center for the Study of Education Policy, Illinois State University National Association of State Student Grant Aid Programs, State Higher Education Executive Officers, October 2006)...

2003-04 National Postsecondary Student Aid Study (NPSAS:04): Undergraduate Financial Aid Estimates for 12 States: 2003–04 - This report presents selected findings about the price of attendance and the types and amounts of financial aid received by in-state undergraduates enrolled in public 2-year, public 4-year, and private not-for-profit 4-year institutions during the 2003-04 academic year in 12 selected states. (Lutz Berkner and Christina Chang Wei, National Center for Education Statistics, October 2006) ...

Recession, Retrenchment, and Recovery: State Higher Education Funding & Student Financial Aid - As the nation emerges from the first recession of the 21st century, states need to assess the consequences, take stock of their challenges and resources and do what they can to prepare for the inevitable next fiscal crisis. The goal of this report is to identify and disseminate successful state-level strategies and policy tools to protect students’ access to postsecondary education through recession, retrenchment and recovery, and to identify strategies to help bridge these cycles. Of particular concern was the effect of recessions on access to college for students, particularly low-income students. (College of Education, Illinois State University, October 2006) ...

Trends in Student Aid - This report presents annual data on the amount of financial assistance – grants, loans, work-study and education tax benefits – distributed to students to help them pay for postsecondary education. (College Board, 2006) ...

Easy Money: How Congress Could Increase Federal Student Aid Funding at No Additional Cost to Taxpayers - By enticing colleges to participate in the direct-lending program instead of the guaranteed-loan program, the federal government could provide low-income students with an additional $300 billion a year, according to this report. The authors argue that the maximum Pell Grant award could increase by $600 next year by passing legislation that redirects subsidies currently going to student-loan companies to needy students instead. The report also claims the proposed "Student Aid Reward Act" could generate $4.4 billion in new federal money next year if colleges and universities switched to the more cost-effective Direct Loan program. A section that details state-by-state savings is included. (American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers, State Public Interest Research Groups’ Higher Education Project, U.S. Student Association, May 2005)...

Show Us the Money: Low-Income Students, Families and Financial Aid - One of the greatest obstacles facing low-income students as they apply for college is a lack of information about financial aid programs. According to this study conducted by the University of Southern California, many urban high schools are unable to disseminate even basic financial aid information to their students, including the types of programs available and how to apply. In addition to listing the challenges high school students face, this report also features an overview of financial aid programs and services, as well as information on college preparation programs. (Paz M. Oliverez and William G. Tierney, University of Southern California, 2005)...

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