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Tax Benefits viewing guide

The Other Side of the Ledger

June 9, 2016

The Other Side of the Ledger: Student Aid Through Tax Benefits explains the history of tax benefits such as tax credits, tax deductions, and qualified tuition programs used to pay for higher education related expenses. In an effort to make college more affordable, federal lawmakers have proposed several approaches to make tax benefits—primarily aimed at the middle class—a viable way to supplement the direct student aid programs traditionally targeted at low-income students. Although these efforts began over half a century ago, it was not until the late 1990s that tax benefits for college expenses were written into the tax code. This 14-minute film details important legislative milestones and describes the growth of these benefits.

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Student Loans: How Did We Get Here?

Growth of Federal Student Loans

December 8, 2015

Viewing guide for part 1 of the documentary film series Looking Back to Move Forward: A History of Federal Student Aid.

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Form & Formula

How the Federal Government Distributes Aid to Students

November 9, 2015

Viewing guide to accompany part 4 of the documentary film series Looking Back to Move Forward: A History of Federal Student Aid.

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Building Block of Student-Based Aid

Looking Back to Move Forward viewing guide part 3

June 17, 2015

Chronicles the history of the program from its bipartisan legislative origins through its various selected subsequent iterations. This 14-minute film documents several key changes to the Pell Grant program including efforts to broaden and limit student eligibility, ebbs and flows in funding, increases in the maximum award levels, and the creation of supplemental programs for Pell recipients.

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Where Financial Aid Began

Partnering with Campuses and States

June 16, 2015

Where Financial Aid Began: Partnering with Campuses and States documents a history of these partnerships and the policies that shaped them—from the introduction of the original campus-based programs and state partnerships through their growth or decline over the years.

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