Reports tagged affordability

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Higher Education Tax Reform

A white paper from the Consortium for Higher Education Tax Reform examines how federal higher education tax benefits can work better for students and families to increase affordability, access and success. Four additional issue briefs by the Consortium’s partner members analyze in greater depth specific aspects of the policy recommendations outlined in the Consortium’s paper. More »

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Higher Education Pays: But a lot more for some graduates than for others

What you study matters more than where you study, concludes this report from American Institutes for Research and College Measures. The study says that prospective college students can save money and make better academic decisions with more information about where their educational choices are likely to lead. More »

Student success

Economic Diversity Among Selective Colleges

Many high-achieving low-income students do not attempt to attend highly selective U.S. colleges and institutions because of perceived price barriers, says this report from the Institute for Higher Education Policy. The report explores the use of no-loan programs as a way to influence students’ ability to succeed in college. More »


Update on the Federal Maintenance of Effort Provision: Reinforcing the State Role in Public Higher Education Financing

This brief from the American Association of State Colleges and Universities looks at recent trends concerning federal maintenance of effort (MOE) provisions and their impact on state support for higher education. The report concludes that MOE provisions can be an effective incentive for getting states to strengthen their financial commitment to higher education and help keep tuition costs down. More »


Improving College Readiness: Perspectives for Research, Policy, and Practice

Since 2005, the Midwestern Higher Education Compact (MHEC) has held an annual policy summit exploring a timely issue or challenge with implications for higher education research, policy, and practice. The summit brings together a diverse range of stakeholders to engage in cross-sector dialogue and collaboration related to the given theme. Past summits have addressed topics including the education to workforce connection, the Spellings Commission on the Future of Higher Education, the “Difficult Dialogues” needed to achieve college attainment goals while containing costs, and the contribution of higher education to economic development and community revitalization. The 7th annual MHEC policy summit, Ready or Not Here They Come: Ensuring the College Success of All Students, held November 14-15, 2011, brought over 200 participants from the K-12, higher education, government, business, and non-profi t sectors to Iowa City, Iowa to discuss issues surrounding college readiness and success. More »


Aid and Innovation

Financial aid is an effective and necessary policy lever to promote college-completion pathways, says this report from Jobs for the Future. The report examines how state policy leaders and financial aid experts are overcoming financial aid rules and regulations with innovative solutions that help more students, especially low-income student, progress toward a postsecondary credential. More »


Left Out. Forgotten? Recent High School Graduates and the Great Recession

The cost of a higher education remains an obstacle for many young high school graduates. Despite a widespread recognition that they will need further education, only 38 percent say they definitely plan to attend college in the next few years, according to this report by the John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development. More »

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