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Reports

At What Cost? Community Colleges & Federal Student Loans

Nearly 1 million community college students do not have access to federal student loans because their schools choose not to offer them, says this report from the Institute for College Access & Success. Without access to these loans, the report concludes that students may not be able to stay enrolled without turning to more costly and risky forms of borrowing such as credit cards or private loans, or reducing their chances of graduating by working longer hours or cutting back on classes. More »

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Reports

Breaking with Tradition

Breaking with Tradition from the New America Foundation makes the case for why federal student grant programs need to be better tailored to the increasingly large group of students who are older, balancing family and work commitments with academics, and likely to be at a greater risk of non-completion due to attending part time, being academically underprepared, or other issues. More »

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Policy

Lumina Foundation issues statement of federal policy priorities

A 21st Century federal higher education policy should encourage and reward innovation, help manage affordability in partnership with states, and objectively measure success based on student achievement. Lumina’s federal policy priorities are detailed in a 12-page report issued today. A two-page summary is also available. Read now »

News release

Paper series funded by Lumina Foundation explores new models of student financial support

Today Lumina Foundation releases a group of 15 expert papers that explore new models of student financial support. These papers are all aimed at addressing one of the biggest barriers to college completion: the amount of money students are required to pay to complete a postsecondary degree or certificate. More »

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Live event

Series of white papers explores new models of student financial support

The Lumina Ideas Summit was held in Washington D.C. on April 14 to exchange ideas about increasing attainment through new models of student financial support. A series of independently-produced papers around paying for college in a 21st century higher education system was released by the authors and discussed in a panel. Download the papers and see a video rebroadcast of the event. »

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 »

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Blog | Jamie Merisotis

Tackling the Urgent National Challenge of College Affordability

Jamie Merisotis’ latest op-ed in the Huffington Post outlines criteria for system redesign centered on increasing college affordability and incentivizing completion to help close the Nation’s talent gap. More »

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