ERIC Number: ED483842
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Apr-26
Refocusing Higher Education Aid on Those Who Need It. Backgrounder. No. 1753
This document raises several points of discussion concerning higher education aid and its recipients. Increasing use of federal higher education aid by middle-class and wealthy students is costly to taxpayers, contributes to student indebtedness, and fosters greater individual and institutional dependency. The document recommends Congress restore the Higher Education Act's (HEA) original intent by awarding taxpayer subsidies and grants to those who cannot otherwise afford higher education. Furthermore, it suggests Congress significantly reform the HEA during this reauthorization by ending outdated and duplicative programs, eliminating subsidies to middle-class and wealthy families, and creating a public database to encourage smart consumer decision making. Appended is: A Primer on Higher Education Aid. (Contains 50 footnotes.)
Descriptors: Higher Education, Student Financial Aid, Federal Legislation, Federal Aid, Educational Policy, Databases, Middle Class, Advantaged, Social Class, Disadvantaged
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Heritage Foundation, Washington, DC.