In an effort to reduce student debt and increase postsecondary attainment rates, state leaders are focused on making postsecondary education affordable. Over the past few years, we’ve seen states develop and deploy many different strategies to address postsecondary affordability, ranging from free college to financial aid. Explore the resources below to learn more about varying approaches from state to state.
How all states approach postsecondary affordability policies.
Legislative trends and other news with implications for postsecondary affordability.
After months of speculation, President Joe Biden announced his administration’s plan for student loan forgiveness. Although many reactions focused on how the plan cancels student debt for tens of millions of borrowers, the notice contained significant changes to income-driven repayment plans (IDR) in recent memory.
In January 2022, the Biden Administration announced nearly $200 million from the American Rescue Plan to fund basic needs supports for college students at community colleges and rural institutions. These basic needs supports include housing and food assistance, child care for student parents...
In response to evidence from federal pilot programs in the last five years and increasing awareness about significant justice issues associated with incarceration, lawmakers recently ended a nearly three decade ban on Pell Grant receipt for students impacted by the justice system.
State Information Requests
Brief issue scans, typically provided within 48 hours, that provide top-level information on postsecondary affordability.