ERIC Number: EJ1033091
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
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Should Pell Grants Target the College-Ready?
Sawhill, Isabel; Goldrick-Rab, Sara
Education Next, v14 n2 p58-64 Spr 2014
Ensuring college access amid rising tuition costs has hovered near the top of the nation's education agenda for years. Facing heightened concern about the student debt burden and disappointing college graduation rates, policymakers are hungry for fresh ideas. Federal Pell Grants, the primary means for subsidizing college tuition for low-income students, meanwhile, cover only a small fraction of students' costs at most institutions. In her contribution, "Target Aid to Students Most Likely to Succeed," Isabel Sawhill, co-director of the Center on Children and Families and the Budgeting for National Priorities Project at the Brookings Institution, calls for conditioning Pell Grants on both financial need and the likelihood of college completion. In her contribution, "Conditional Pell Dollars Miss Students Who Need Them Most," Sara Goldrick-Rab, associate professor of educational policy studies and sociology at the University of Wisconsin, offers a critical take on Sawhill's proposal.
Descriptors: College Readiness, Grants, Federal Aid, Educational Policy, Eligibility, Finance Reform, Financial Needs, Paying for College, Graduation Rate, Program Proposals, Low Income Groups, Performance Based Assessment, Enrollment Management, School Holding Power, Academic Persistence, Politics of Education, Access to Education
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Postsecondary Education; Higher Education
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