Strengthening the Federal Role in the Federal-State Partnership for Funding Higher Education
The Current Federal-State Partnership
Dec. 28, 2020
Author(s): Sandy Baum and Michael McPherson
Organization(s): Urban Institute
A new report contends that a federal-state partnership to fund higher education could also help address ongoing equity gaps, but whether such a program achieves policymakers’ goals depends on the details. The study specifically looks at college affordability proposals—including those for free or debt-free college—and examines who would benefit from different plans and how the distribution of benefits changes based on program design decisions.