Reports tagged state financial aid

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Readiness

Can Financial Aid Improve a Student’s Success at Louisiana’s Community Colleges?

Academic preparation may be a stronger predictor of college success than financial aid, according to a study by the American Institutes for Research. Findings from this report contend the amount of financial aid that students receive has no real impact on their academic success. Instead, preparation is a better forecaster. More »

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Insight

Simplifying Student Aid: What it Would Mean for States

According to this College Board study that examined whether simplifying the Free Application for Federal Student Aid might affect student eligibility for state need-based grant programs, little change would result in the way federal and state grants are awarded and the general integrity of aid programs would be kept intact. More »

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Policy

Beyond Need and Merit: Strengthening State Grant Programs

This publication, from the Brown Center on Education Policy at Brookings, suggests that states re-examine their state grant programs to more effectively support the goal of boosting educational attainment. Among the report’s recommendations: Design programs that encourage timely degree completion and target aid dollars to students whose potential to succeed is most constrained by limited resources. An online map shows how states approach higher education funding. More »

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Affordability

41st Annual Survey Report on State-Sponsored Financial Aid

The 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico spent a total of $10.8 billion on student financial aid in 2009-2010, a 3.8 percent increase from the prior year. Some states cut back on their state awards, including Ohio, with a 66 percent decrease. For more financial aid findings, read the 41st Annual Survey Report on State-Sponsored Financial Aid, from the National Association of State Student Grant and Aid Programs. More »

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The State Higher Education Finance FY2010

How might colleges and universities use available resources to increase productivity without impairing the quality of services? This report from the State Higher Education Executive Officers provides a review of higher education trends to help inform this and other public More »