ERIC Number: ED481864
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002-Sep
Creating Financial Aid Programs That Work for Distance Learners.
Southern Regional Education Board, Atlanta, GA.
While billions of dollars of financial aid is made available from federal and state governments annually, little of this is available to the distance learner. Financial aid mechanisms often limit aid for students who are not of traditional age, full-time, or learning on-campus. This report outlines and defines the problem of financial aid for distance education, traces the historical record of aid programs, describes real barriers for distance learners, and suggests alternative strategies that policymakers at the federal, state, and institutional levels might consider to address financial aid issues. Also discussed are a number of alternative state approaches that might serve as models for other states. Finally, a regional financial aid clearinghouse concept is proposed and described in some detail. Six principles of financial aid to support distance learners are presented that guide nine recommendations for increased financial assistance to part-time distance learners. These call for greater flexibility, changes in existing statutes, new policies and initiatives, and the inclusion in the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act of provisions for distance learners. Appendixes list some distance education consortia in the Southern Regional Education Board Area and outline the structure and elements of a regional clearinghouse. (SLD)
Descriptors: Distance Education, Higher Education, State Programs, Student Financial Aid
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Southern Regional Education Board, Atlanta, GA.
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A
Note: Support also provided by Stranahan Foundation. For related documents on distance education, see HE 036 296 and HE 036 298-299.