ERIC Number: ED471503
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002-Dec
Accounting for State Student Aid: How State Policy and Student Aid Connect.
This study examines the structures of state funding and describes the ways 11 states govern, administer, and pay for student aid, including eligibility criteria and accountability strategies. Eleven states that are currently making some of the biggest investments in state funding for student aid are featured in this report: California, Florida, Illinois, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Virginia, and Texas. These states place more emphasis than ever on funding for student aid, and yet it has not been truly integrated into their overall strategies for higher education. Instead, state aid programs typically are managed as supplemental, categorical programs, separated from other aspects of higher education policy and finance. Programs also suffer from a lack of public transparency with regard to their purposes and performance. Evaluations of state aid tend to be narrowly constructed accountings of fund use, rather than analyses of the relative effectiveness of state aid in ensuring access, and evaluations of student aid are often compartmentalized from other state funding assessments. The report calls on states to develop coordinated, statewide policies for administering funding and evaluating student aid. Appendixes contain summaries of the student aid programs in each of the featured states. (SLD)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Education Resources Inst., Boston, MA.; Ford Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Institute for Higher Education Policy, Washington, DC.
Note: Prepared for The New Millennium Project on Higher Education Costs, Pricing, and Productivity.