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Driving Postsecondary Success with Impact Investing

Executive Briefing Investment opportunities in the postsecondary access and success ecosystem

May 30, 2017

A "landscape scan" conducted by Avivar Capital found that continued innovation is needed to address persistent and emerging barriers to postsecondary access and attainment. Further, it found that there are capital gaps in advancing the postsecondary education revolution where foundations can play a catalytic role and where impact investing can help to advance promising solutions.

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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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Deeper in Debt

Women and Student Loans

May 23, 2017

Women carry roughly two-thirds of the nation’s $1.3 trillion student debt load, says a report from the American Association of University Women. According to the study, women are burdened with $833 billion in debt, compared to men with $477 billion in debt.

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Designing Higher Education Risk-Sharing Proposals

Evaluating Choices and Tradeoffs

May 22, 2017

Risk sharing ensures that institutions—not just students and taxpayers—share the burden when students default on loans. The Center for American Progress offers a series of white papers on the topic of higher education risk-sharing.

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Examining the Federal-State Partnership in Higher Education

May 16, 2017

This brief from the Urban Institute suggests strategies for meeting national goals for postsecondary education while preserving and enhancing states’ roles.

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Is It Really Cheaper to Start at a Community College?

The Consequences of Inefficient Transfer for Community College Students Seeking Bachelor’s Degrees

May 15, 2017

A working paper from the Community College Research Center explores whether it is more efficient for students to start at a two-year or four-year college if their intent is to complete a bachelor’s degree.

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Varying Degrees

In Depth

May 11, 2017

Americans believe in the tremendous potential of higher education—but they also feel that higher education is falling short of that promise, suggests a survey from New America. The inaugural survey shows both unifying themes and differences across age, gender, generation, region, and socioeconomic status when it comes to the value of a college education, who is responsible for student success, the ideal role of government, and the goal of higher education.

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Improving Oversight and Transparency at the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Federal Student Aid

NASFAA Recommendations

May 10, 2017

A report from the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators makes recommendations for improving the Education Department’s Office of Federal Student Aid. One of the recommendations offered: the creation of a robust customer satisfaction system, publicizing the results, and incorporating them into the FSA’s performance metrics.

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On The Chopping Block

Rising State Pension Costs Lead to Cuts in Higher Education

May 9, 2017

Increases in state spending on pension funds is driving disinvestment in public colleges and universities, says this report from the Manhattan Institute.

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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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