ERIC Number: ED400910
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Jul-10
Reference Count: N/A
Community College Students and Federal Student Financial Aid: A Policy Framework for the Next Administration. AACC White Paper.
The Pell Grants, loan programs, and campus-based aid provided by Title IV of the Higher Education Act now provide almost 80% of all aid awarded to college students in the United States. Although the programs have helped increase the number of Americans attaining higher education, much more needs to be done. In 1993, the college completion rate was 88.4% for individuals aged 18-24 with a high school diploma and from the top family income quartile, but only 48.7% for those from the bottom quartile. The Pell Grant program remains the most utilized source of funding for community college students, with one out of five credit students receiving Pell assistance in 1994. Although less critical, the three campus-based programs (i.e., Supplemental Education Opportunity Grants, Work Study, and Perkins Loans) are also important to community college students. These programs enable individuals to gain or enhance skills to participate productively in the workforce. Therefore, students who use Title IV to enroll in vocational training should be treated no differently than those in transfer programs and proposals to add new graduation or placement requirements to these programs should not be adopted. Priorities for community colleges in the spring 1997 reauthorization of the Higher Education Act include maintaining the essential structure of the Pell Grant program; improving the eligibility of single, independent students; and greater discretion for student loan officers to deny loans. (HAA)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Community Colleges, Educational Legislation, Eligibility, Federal Aid, Grants, Paying for College, Program Effectiveness, Student Financial Aid, Two Year Colleges
World Wide Web: http://www.aacc.nche.edu/govtrel/legisu/fintro/fin[underscore]aid/ FIN[underscore]AID.htm
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Association of Community Colleges, Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Higher Education Act Title IV