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States Move to Require the FAFSA for High School Graduation

High school students in three states — IllinoisLouisiana and Texas — already or will soon face a new graduation requirement: completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Lawmakers in at least another five states plus the District of Columbia are currently considering similar legislation. On this webinar, Louisiana Office of Student Financial Assistance shares their experience implementing this policy. Any interested states considering a similar policy could benefit as this webinar discusses governance, access, finance, and outcomes as it pertains to requiring the FAFSA for High School graduation.

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Higher Education Policy and the States: A Review of the 2019 Legislative Sessions
Experts from the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, Education Commission of the States, National Conference of State Legislatures and State Higher Education Executive Officers discuss higher education policy developments that occurred in the states during the 2019 legislative sessions, major state policy trends in higher education and the policy outlook in statehouses next year. Click here to download the PPT. (recorded September 24, 2019)

Trends in State Financial Aid Policy
Every year, Education Commission of the States tracks hundreds of pieces of legislation related to state financial aid programs. On this webinar, we share the trends from the 2017-2018 legislative sessions. Additionally, we introduce two possible ways to compare states’ college affordability environments: by tuition and aid expenditures, and by net price by income. Finally, we discuss ECS’ four principles of state financial aid redesign. Please contact Sarah Pingel at spingel@ecs.org with any questions.

Video Interview Series
Hear what five state chiefs of education and Education Commission of the States President Jeremy Anderson say about the opportunities and challenges for states during the implementation of ESSA in the new interview series Opportunities and Challenges in a New Policy Environment: A Conversation with State Chiefs.

Higher Education Policy and the States: A review of the 2017 legislative sessions
This webinar, co-hosted by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, Education Commission of the States and the National Conference of State Legislatures, discusses the policy trends for higher education in the 2017 state legislative sessions and look ahead to the challenges facing states in 2018.  Policy experts from the three associations analyze key state higher education issues, including:

  • Appropriations and financial aid.
  • Tuition and the free college movement.
  • Economic and workforce development.
  • Guns on campus.
  • Campus safety.
  • Undocumented students.
  • Free speech.

Serving Low-Income Adult Students with State Financial Aid on Jan. 26, 2017
The Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) and Education Commission of the States held a special webinar event to hear representatives from CLASP, the Indiana Commission for Higher Education, and the Minnesota Office of Higher Education as they address challenges and discuss opportunities around state financial aid programs and their accessibility to adult students. To view a recording of the webinar, click here.

Legislative Developments on Campus Sexual Violence: The architecture and momentum of state action live webcast on Feb. 19, 2016
Education Commission of the States and NASPA hosted a webcast to examine state legislative developments on campus sexual violence and present findings of their policy brief. The event included a panel discussion with state leaders who are working to address this important issue.

Higher Education Accountability Policies and Metrics on July 23, 2015
This webinar focused on efforts to hold postsecondary institutions and systems more accountable for student outcomes and meeting state goals. Archie Cubarrubia, Vice Provost for Institutional Effectiveness, Miami Dade College and David Gardner, Deputy Commissioner of Academic Planning/Chief Academic Officer, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, provided information and insights about federal, state, and institutional accountability systems and measures.

P20 Datasharing and Reporting on May 28, 2015
This webinar reviewed national trends and uncovered state models for sharing student-level data across state agencies and using the data to report student outcomes more accurately. Jean Osumi, Hawai’i DXP Project Director for the Hawai’i P-20 Partnerships for Education, and Brian Prescott, the Director of Policy Research for WICHE, provided participants with a deeper look at how states are sharing data with one another to account for student mobility.