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Making College Affordable

Providing Low-Income Students with the Knowledge and Resources Needed to Pay for College

November 8, 2017

The report examines the numerous barriers preventing low-income students from enrolling and persisting in college, including concerns over high tuition and fees, lack of clarity on award amounts and duration, and a limited understanding of how financial aid works. "Making College Affordable" offers 11 best practices to institutions to help students pay for college and stay in school.

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A Benchmark for Making College Affordable

The Rule of 10

October 31, 2017

College affordability. Two simple words; two critically important, yet distressingly hollow words. Policymakers, college administrators, and student advocates all use this term, but no one seems to precisely define what it means or what achieving it would look like. Without a clear definition, it’s hard to measure progress toward this goal.

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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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The Affordability Conundrum

Value, Price, and Choice in Higher Education

April 11, 2017

A new report from The Manhattan Institute, American Enterprise Institute, and New America examines how much families pay for college and how they are financing those expenses, broken out by income level, race, and type of college. The findings suggest that 77 percent of undergraduates overpaid, on average, twice the recommended amount for college.

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Limited Means, Limited Options

College Remains Unaffordable for Many Americans

March 21, 2017

A report from the Institute for Higher Education Policy shows that college affordability varies dramatically between students with different family incomes, enabling wealthy students to attend essentially any college while effectively shutting out many of their peers. The study offers five recommendations for federal, state, and institutional policymakers to level the playing field and jointly tackle the affordability issue together.

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