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College Affordability
A New Approach for Curbing College Tuition Inflation

Four possible demand-side explanations for tuition increases are discussed

Aug. 25, 2020
Over the last two decades, prices in higher education have grown more quickly than prices in almost any other sector of the economy. Tuition inflation has been extensively examined. The examinations, however, have focused on a narrow set of explanations, none of which has revealed obvious opportunities for policy interventions that would slow this trend…
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What College Costs for Low-Income Californians: 2020
Aug. 3, 2020
Despite facing the lowest tuition in the nation, a new report from The Institute for College Access & Success says low-income students attending a California community college typically pay more for college than students at the state’s costlier university systems. The study examines out-of-pocket costs faced by low-income students attending public colleges and universities across…
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Should States Make the FAFSA Mandatory?
July 29, 2020
Three states have now enacted “Mandatory FAFSA” policies, which require 12th graders to either apply for federal student aid or expressly opt out before they graduate. With another 13 states considering enacting their own policy, it is one of the fastest-moving movements in college access policy, but its outcomes and nuances are not yet well…
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How America Pays for College
July 24, 2020
Despite concerns about the ongoing health pandemic, families remain optimistic about higher education and aren’t changing plans for the next academic year, says a report from Sallie Mae. The study includes statistics and trends on families’ attitudes toward the value of a college education, key considerations about what school to attend and how to pay…
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Disparate Debts

How Student Loans Drive Racial Inequality Across Cities

June 29, 2020
The report finds student borrower distress is heavily concentrated in majority-Black and majority-Latinx neighborhoods, and offers stark new evidence of the role of student debt in exacerbating the nation’s vicious cycle of inequality and racial wealth gap.
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Beyond the College Bill

The Hidden Hurdles of Indirect Expenses

June 15, 2020
Indirect expenses are rarely taken into account when considering the cost of college. With the focus on tuition and fees, students and families are often left unaware of the additional expenses they will encounter beyond the college bill. These indirect expenses encompass school supplies, laptops, off-campus housing, transportation, food outside of a meal plan, and…
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A Broken “Promise”?

How College Promise Programs Can Impact High-Achieving, Middle-Income Students

April 14, 2020
Community college promise programs have broad political appeal because they satisfy concerns related to both equity and cost: They target financial benefits at disadvantaged students and offer relatively low program costs. This report from Third Way and the Community College Research Center looks at the unintended consequences of college promise programs for the economic mobility…
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Leveling Up for Student Financial Success

Student Sentiment Regarding Financial Decisions in Higher Education

March 9, 2020
As college tuition and student debt continue to rise, more and more people are faced with the mounting stress that comes with it. Too often students feel as though their only option is to drop out of school, leaving them with debt but no degree. But what are the trends behind this crisis? What are…
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Democrats Overwhelmingly Favor Free College Tuition

While Republicans Are Divided by Age, Education

Feb. 21, 2020
Among all U.S. adults, 63% favor making tuition at public colleges free, including 37% who strongly favor the proposal. Slightly more than a third oppose tuition-free college (36%), with 21% strongly opposed, according to a Pew Research Center conducted in January.
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Income-Driven Repayment Plans for Student Loans

Budgetary Costs and Policy Options

Feb. 12, 2020
As of 2017, approximately half of student debt is being repaid through income-driven plans, according to this report from the Congressional Budget Office. The report examines the budgetary costs and policy options of income-driven student loan repayment plans, which tie the amount of payments to a borrower’s income and allow for forgiveness after 20 to…
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