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Redesigning the Pell Grant Program

A comprehensive overhaul of the Pell Grant program is needed to fit the needs of a 21st-century economy and student population, argues this policy brief from the Hamilton Project. The brief proposes three major structural reforms, one of which focuses More »


The Game Changers – Strategies to Improve College Completion

A new report from Complete College America outlines a number of promising strategies—including efforts tying state funding to student progression through programs and completion of degrees and certificates—that states are using to boost college completion rates. More » More »

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Report | First Generation Students

The Condition of College & Career Readiness 2013

There is considerable room for improvement in preparing first-generation students for college and careers, says a report from ACT. About a quarter of high-school graduates who took the ACT in 2013 met all four of its college-readiness benchmarks, in English, reading, mathematics, and science, while only 9 percent of students whose parents did not go to college achieved all four benchmarks, according to the report. More » More »

Barriers to Need-Based Financial Aid: Predictors of Timely FAFSA

Barriers to Need-Based Financial Aid: Predictors of Timely FAFSA Completion Among Low-Income Students

Students with the greatest need for financial aid are the least likely to meet deadlines for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), according to a study by the University of Illinois at Chicago. More » More »

Report | Latino Student Success

The State of Latinos in Higher Education in California

The Latino population in California may be on its way to attaining majority status by 2050, but college degree attainment remains low despite significant increases in college-going rates, says a new report from the Campaign for College Opportunity. The report includes several recommendations to close the education gap and grow the state’s future workforce. More » More »

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