Public calls for affordable higher education

Many Americans find themselves living lives of constant economic struggle and worry whether they’ll keep a middle-class life in the long term, according to a recent report. And, when it comes to what might be “very effective” in helping more people become economically secure, the public is betting on higher education and job training. Slip-Sliding Away, from Public Agenda found that 63 percent of Americans believes a key policy solution to spur economic vitality is to make higher education more affordable. More »

Financial Aid

Cracking the Student Aid Code: Parent and Student Perspectives on Paying for College

A knowledge deficit continues to exist when it comes to paying for college and navigating the financial aid process – and that deficit is most prevalent for Latino and low-income students. This report, from the College Board Advocacy and Policy More »


Californians and Higher Education

A depressed economy and an ongoing state budget deficit are taking a toll on Californians’ views about state funding for public higher education. According to this statewide survey from the Public Policy Institute of California, 57 percent of parents with More »


25 Ways to Reduce the Cost of College

Encouraging more students to attend community colleges, FAFSA reform, moving more classes online, and three-year bachelor’s degrees are among the suggestions found in this report, from the Center for College Affordability and Productivity. The study details how colleges and universities More »


Grading Higher Education: Giving Consumers the Information They Need

Students and families need more information on the benefits and value that students get from their degree, according to this report, from the Brookings Institution. The report calls on the federal government to be the source for accurate consumer information More »


Lumina Foundation Focus: Fall 2010

College costs are going up, but so are the stakes for postsecondary attainment. This Lumina Foundation publication examines the financial challenges facing 21st century students and the programs and policies that are helping them achieve their higher education goals.


Trends in College Pricing 2010

In this publication, the College Board reports that in-state tuition and fees at public four-year institutions averaged $7,605 in 2010-11, 7.9 percent higher than in 2009-10. Tuition and fees went up 6 percent for public two-year colleges and 4.5 percent More »

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