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ERIC Number: ED568834
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Oct
Pages: 272
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-6125-0715-6
Reinventing Financial Aid: Charting a New Course to College Affordability
Kelly, Andrew P., Ed.; Goldrick-Rab, Sara, Ed.
Harvard Education Press
In this provocative volume, two experts with very different points of view address the growing concern that student loan programs are not a sustainable solution to the problem of mounting college costs. They argue that the time has come to reform the financial aid system so that it is more effective in promoting college affordability, access, and completion. "Reinventing Financial Aid" provides a thorough critique of the existing financial aid system and identifies the challenges of reform. It presents a host of innovations designed to improve grant and loan programs and the processes by which students access them. Pushing past current debates, it also challenges leaders to think more boldly about policy design, examine the assumptions and incentives embedded in the current system, and lay the groundwork for a fundamental rethinking of student aid programs. While the editors agree that bold new thinking on financial aid policy is needed, they do not aim for consensus. Instead, they have leveraged their differences to flesh out important tensions, trade-offs, and areas of common ground that emerge from innovative approaches to reform. The result is a volume that serves as a counterpoint to the incremental approach to financial aid reform that has led to record tuition levels, growing student debt, and increasing doubts about the value of a college education. Following a Foreword (Martha J. Kanter) and Introduction (Andrew P. Kelly and Sara Goldrick-Rab) the following chapters are included: (1) Designing Research to Provide the "Actionable Knowledge" Needed to Improve Student Aid Program Performance (David S. Mundel); (2) The Politics of Student Aid (Daniel Madzelan); (3) The Promise of "Promise" Programs (Rodney J. Andrews); (4) From FAFSA to Facebook: The Role of Technology in Navigating the Financial Aid Process (Regina Deil-Amen and Cecilia Rios-Aguilar); (5) Incentivizing Success: Lessons from Experimenting with Incentive-Based Grants (Lashawn Richburg-Hayes); (6) Reforming Repayment: Using Income-Related Loans to Reduce Default (Nicholas W. Hillman); (7) Rethinking Institutional Aid: Implications for Affordability, Access, and the Effectiveness of Federal Student Aid (Lesley J. Turner); (8) Managing Risk, Reaping Reward: The Case for a Comprehensive Income-Based Student Loan System (Stephen Crawford and Robert Sheets); and (9) Making College Affordable: The Case for an Institution-Focused Approach to Federal Student Aid (Sara Goldrick-Rab, Lauren Schudde, and Jacob Stampen). Following a Conclusion (Andrew P. Kelly and Sara Goldrick-Rab), the following are included at the end: Notes; Acknowledgments; About the Editors; About the Contributors; and Index.
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Publication Type: Books; Collected Works - General
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Harvard University, Graduate School of Education