A Benchmark for Making College Affordable

The Rule of 10

August 19, 2015

The Affordability Benchmark for Higher Education helps to define a clear and common understanding of what “affordable” means to students and families.

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Moving Beyond College

Rethinking Higher Education Regulation for an Unbundled World

August 18, 2015

Report discussing a series of reforms to the federal approach to quality assurance: increased transparency, a chartering model, and an outcomes-based accountability framework. Also proposes a couple of ways that policymakers could rely on private financing to bear some of the risk in quality assurance.

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Good Jobs are Back

College Graduates are First in Line

August 14, 2015

The findings show that since 2010, the economy has produced 6.6 million employment opportunities. Out of these career opportunities, 2.9 million are considered good jobs. The key finding revealed that 2.8 million good jobs went to college graduates.

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Familiarity with Financial Aid

2015 College Decisions Survey: Part III

July 29, 2015

What forms of financial aid are prospective students familiar with? And what sorts of student aid do they expect to get? This policy brief attempts to answer these questions using new survey data. It looks at students’ familiarity with various types of student aid, such as scholarships, grants, loans, and tax credits. It also analyzes prospective students’ expectations about which types of aid they believe they’ll receive.

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Rethinking Credentialing

Quick Hits

July 28, 2015

A new, less confusing postsecondary education credentialing system could provide tangible benefits for students, workers, and employers, contends this working paper from the Center for Education Attainment and Innovation.

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Fact Sheet: Focusing Higher Education on Student Success

State-by-state data

July 27, 2015

Students who take out college loans but don’t graduate are three times more likely to default than borrowers who complete their degree, according to new state-by-state data from the U.S. Department of Education.

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FAFSA Simplification

Nasfaa Fafsa Working Group Report

July 27, 2015

As Congress and the higher education community work toward the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act, broad themes are beginning to emerge. While the specifics are yet to be determined, draft bills, hearings, and conversations have signaled that the upcoming reauthorization will have a strong focus on college cost and affordability, transparency and accountability, and simplification. Of these themes, the concept of simplification has been most pervasive, with a particular focus on the federal student aid application process.

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Race, Class & College Access

Achieving Diversity in a Shifting Legal Landscape

July 24, 2015

A recent study from the American Council on Education takes an in-depth look at how legal challenges to race-conscious admissions are influencing admissions practices at selective colleges and universities around the country.

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The Path Least Taken II

Preparing non-college goers for success

July 23, 2015

The knowledge and skills that students acquire in high school are just as important for non-college goers as for college goers, says this report from the Center for Public Education. According to the study, training that leads to a professional license along with a strong academic high school program can translate into positive economic and social outcomes for young adults.

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Delivering Early Information About College Financial Aid

Exploring the Options for Middle School Students

July 15, 2015

A report from Urban Institute urges policymakers to find better ways of getting the word out about financial aid, to make contact with families while their children are young, and to personalize the information being provided.

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