Need-Based State Financial Aid

Policy Snapshot

May 23, 2017

This Policy Snapshot explores need-based financial aid programs across the country and highlights state program examples, grant and scholarship expenditure amounts, and recent legislative activity.

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Illinois Postsecondary Investments

May 4, 2017

In recent years, political gridlock in Illinois has taken a toll on funding for public higher education. This brief sheds light on how past policies and funding patterns impact the current environment in Illinois, including changes in state support, spending patterns, tuition, and financial aid over the last decade. The report concludes with incisive analysis that could inform a durable policy and investment framework to help Illinois meet the state attainment goal and the real needs of local communities and employers.

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The 20% Solution

Selective Colleges Can Afford to Admit More Pell Grant Recipients

May 2, 2017

Low-income students have rarely had much success on college campuses. Although college enrollment rates generally have been rising for all population groups, enrollments have risen the least for low-income students.

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Lumina Fact Sheet

April 28, 2017

Lumina Foundation is an independent, private foundation committed to making opportunities for learning beyond high school available to all. We envision a system that is easy to navigate, delivers fair results, and meets the nation’s need for talent through a broad range of credentials. Our goal is to prepare people for informed citizenship and success in a global economy.

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Degrees With Less Debt

Effective Higher Education Strategies for Underrepresented Student Populations

April 28, 2017

A report commissioned by St. Louis Graduates and released by the Illinois Education Research Council identifies higher education institutions that are more successful in supporting and graduating underrepresented students from the St. Louis region and with less debt. One of the strategies cited in the report’s findings: the importance of university leadership committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

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Completing College: A National View of Student Attainment Rates by Race and Ethnicity

Signature 12 Supplement | Fall 2010 Cohort

April 26, 2017

Supplement to National Student Clearinghouse's Signature 12 report provides six-year completion rates, including degree and certificate completion, disaggregated by race and ethnicity for students who began postsecondary education in fall 2010.

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College Costs in Context

A State-by-State Look at College (Un)affordability

April 26, 2017

A report from The Institute for College Access & Success finds “striking inequities” in college affordability at two- and four-year public institutions, both within and across states. While college costs are high relative to family incomes for most students in most states, the lowest income students face the most extreme and unrealistic financial expectations, the report notes.

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Common Cause

Community-Based Organizations and Community Colleges Partner for Student Success

April 25, 2017

This report from Jobs for the Future examines a promising approach to improving persistence and completion rates of students: partnerships between community colleges and local community organizations and agencies that have a track record of working effectively with young people struggling to better their lives.

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Indicators of Higher Education Equity in the United States

2017 Historical Trend Report

April 20, 2017

Students from all races, ethnicities, and economic backgrounds are attending college at higher rates, but wealthier students are significantly more likely than low-income students to complete a bachelor’s degree on time, according to this report from the Pell Institute for the Study of Opportunity in Higher Education and PennAHEAD—Alliance for Higher Education and Democracy.

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Guided Pathways to College Completion

Policy Snapshot, April 2017

April 20, 2017

A new policy brief from the Education Commission of the States provides a snapshot of information related to guided pathways, 2016 and 2017 legislative activities, and legislation and board policies from previous years.

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