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Merit Scholarships MS Word PDF - This ECS StateNote provides information on the 17 states that currently offer merit scholarships. The report offers descriptions of each state's scholarship eligibility requirements, funding source, maintenance obligations, duration of the scholarship, and amount and use. (Carl Krueger, ECS, May 2005)...

38th Annual Survey Report on State-Sponsored Student Financial Aid 2005-2006 Academic Year National Association of State Student Grant and Aid Programs - The National Association of State Student Grant and Aid Programs' 38th annual report shows that while total state aid (including loans) was up about 10 percent for 2006-07, the proportion of need-based grants relative to merit-based grants was unchanged from 2005-06. (National Association of State Student Grant and Aid Programs, June 2008)...

Green Lights/Red Tape: Improving Access to Financial Aid at California's Community Colleges - This report examines wide variations in financial aid policies and practices at California's community colleges, which can have a major impact on studentsí access to available aid. (Deborah Cochrane and Hilda Hernandez-Gravelle, The Institute for College Access & Success, December 2007)...

State Grant Aid and Its Effects on Students' College Choices - This report describes how various states have designed their respective financial aid programs. The authors demonstrate how different policy goals and objectives have led to different approaches to financial aid, with likely variations in consequences for student participation and success. (Patricia McDonough, Shannon Calderone and William Purdy, Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, June 2007) ...

The Wisconsin Covenant - Wisconsin Governor Doyle recently proposed the Wisconsin Covenant to make college more accessible to low-income residents. This policy brief explains why this is an important goal and how the proposal should be designed to best achieve its objectives -- and at a reasonable cost. The authors offer three guiding principles for designing the Covenant to address the current system's problems and discuss specific strategies to increase the success of the policy. (Sara Goldrick-Rab and Douglas Harris, The Wisconsin Center for the Advancement of Postsecondary Education, May 2007)...

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