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Fixing the Federal Student Lending System

Options for Policymakers in 2021

Nov. 23, 2020
This brief from the Urban Institute highlights potential changes a new administration and Congress might make to the federal student loan system, focusing on repayment plans, loan limits, public service loan forgiveness, and relief for current borrowers.
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Equitable Funding and Financing

Higher Ed Policy in the COVID Era

Nov. 10, 2020
While funding cuts are often necessary during economic downturns, reducing state investments in higher education will hamper recovery. If cuts are inevitable, a one-size-fits-all approach will undermine states’ ability to meet future talent needs and ensure equitable opportunity. State leaders should evaluate funding decisions based on their impact on low-income students and students of color,…
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The Dollars and Sense of Free College

Federal and State Roles in Free-College Financing

Oct. 29, 2020
A national free-college program that covers all students’ tuition could cost $58.2 billion in the first year and would reach a total of $799.7 billion after 10 more years, according to a new report from the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce.
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Trends in College Pricing and Student Aid 2020

Trends in Higher Education Series

Oct. 23, 2020
The coronavirus pandemic has forced U.S. colleges and universities to close their campuses, move classes online, and take on the responsibility of testing, quarantining, and protecting students. Some have wondered if the pandemic would also force schools to lower their prices. A new report from the College Board suggests that may be the case—at least temporarily.
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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

How Can Lower Tuition Colleges Have Higher Net Prices?

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?

Policy Design Features

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

Conducted by Ipsos

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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