Students Are on the Move. Their Financial Aid Is Not
Juana Sánchez and Lara Couturier, Tackling Transfer
Research shows that 38 percent of first-time students change institutions within their first six years, and nearly half of all bachelor’s degree holders complete some credits in community colleges. In addition, 34 percent of all students earn some college credits in high school, and another 35 percent of students earn credits online, likely transferring these credits as they advance in their educational journeys.
As promising as recent federal policy developments have been, proposals for massive boosts in federal aid for students won't address an underlying problem: Most financial aid money isn't mobile, and transfer students struggle to qualify for and find it.