A History of Federal Student Aid

A film series documenting the policy and the political origins of federal financial aid programs

 

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17 Cities Designated as Talent Hubs

Nearly $6 million in grants will support local efforts to increase
attainment beyond high school

 

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America Needs DREAMers to Fuel the 21st Century Economy

Abandoning these immigrants would fail a moral test

By Jamie Merisotis

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Rethinking College

PBS NewsHour's continuing series on innovative ideas in higher education returns for a month of reports on the future of higher education

 

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Back to School

The Twelve Most Innovative Colleges for Adult Learners

College isn’t designed for students over twenty-five. These schools are working to fix that.

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Latest Stories

In Support of a Clear, Shared Definition of College Affordability

Nov 16, 2017

College affordability—two simple words. Two critically important, yet distressingly hollow words. Policymakers, college administrators, and student advocates all use this term, but no one seems to precisely define what it means or what achieving it would look like.

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Competency-based education could benefit veterans by recognizing their military skills

Nov 10, 2017

Ask about anybody leaving the service what they’d like next, and the answer is usually, “a good job.”

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Amazon Should Look to Talent Hubs for HQ2

Oct 19, 2017

Speculating which city is most likely to land this prize has become a popular parlor game in many media outlets.

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More About Lumina Foundation

Our Mission and How to Get Involved

What You Can Do

Every American has a role in helping us reach Goal 2025, and we all benefit when we get there. Everyone–from employers to instructors to families–has clear steps to take. And no matter how small, each step toward the goal is essential. Find out how you can contribute to building a stronger nation through higher education.

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What Needs to be Redesigned

Lumina's priority is to fundamentally rethink how higher education is delivered, and what outcomes can be expected from postsecondary completion. Lumina Foundation is leading a national conversation about the disruptive innovations helping to design and build a 21st century system that meets the needs of all students.

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Facts & Figures

Read some key facts on how we can increase levels of educational attainment equitably, through the use of quality data to improve student performance, identify problems, measure progress toward the goal and inform policy and decision making at all levels.

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