ERIC Number: EJ705206
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Reference Count: N/A
Missed Opportunities: Has College Opportunity Fallen Victim to Policy Drift?
Fitzgerald, Brian K.
Change, v36 n4 p10 Jul-Aug 2004
Despite federal investments in student aid--plus tax credits exceeding $70 billion and state expenditures for institutions and students exceeding $65 billion--record high financial barriers erected by recent changes in tuition and financial aid have prevented hundreds of thousands of college-qualified high school graduates from enrolling in college. These losses will balloon into the millions by 2010 as the number of high school graduates skyrockets. How could this historic vision of opportunity have diverged so far from the reality of college access today? In this article, I describe several contributing factors: rising financial barriers that now limit college opportunity for low- and moderate-income families, the policy drift that has produced these barriers, the implications of these trends for our economy and society, and what we might do to address these problems.
Descriptors: Paying for College, Economically Disadvantaged, High School Graduates, Higher Education, High Schools, Tuition, State Aid, College Attendance, Public Policy, Educational Opportunities
Heldref Publications, Helen Dwight Reid Educational Foundation, 1319 Eighteenth Street, NW, Washington, DC 20036-1802. Web site: http://www.heldref.org.
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Identifiers - Location: Illinois; Massachusetts; Washington
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Pell Grant Program