Beyond Financial Aid

Beyond Financial Aid

How colleges can strengthen the financial stability of
low-income students and improve outcomes

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Action Planning Guide Facilitator Guide

Beyond Financial Aid is a toolkit designed to help two- and four-year institutions close attainment gaps for low-income students.  BFA expands the concept of “financial supports” for college beyond grants, scholarships and loans and describes six college-tested strategies for helping low-income students overcome the significant challenges created by limited resources.  BFA features a self-assessment that college teams can use to analyze their service capacities and an interpretation guide to help map out their first steps toward strengthening these capacities.

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BFA Action Planning Guide

BFA Facilitator Guide

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Executive Summary | 2 pgs.
Info Sheet | 2 pgs.
Self-assessment Guide | 10 pgs.
Full Document | 47 pgs.


Introductory webinar

Q&A webinar

Beginning the Beyond Financial Aid Institutional Self Assessment

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Student Affairs Live discussion with BFA authors
Student Affairs Live discussion with BFA authors
September 9, 2015

Streamed live on Sep 9, 2015 In Part 2 of a two-week series on serving low-income and first-generation college students, contributors to the new Lumina Foundation guidebook Beyond Financial Aid will join Student Affairs Live co-host Heather Shea Gasser for a discussion about student access, retention, and success. According to the Lumina Foundation website, “Beyond Financial Aid is a toolkit designed to help two- and four-year institutions close attainment gaps for low-income students.” The document provides six proven strategies that campuses can implement to help low-income students overcome the challenges created by limited financial resources. In addition, a comprehensive self-assessment tool will provide campus administrators with information and data about their own campuses as they work to understand the current status of low-income students. Joining Heather for this episode are Thomas Major, Jr., Priyadarshini Chaplot, and Robert Johnstone. Detailed bios of the three guests are below.

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