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Baum, Sandy – Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, 2018
Tuition prices, as well as the living expenses students must cover, have risen rapidly while household incomes have grown slowly or even declined except for those at or near the top of the income distribution. As incomes have stagnated and the savings rate has declined, students have come to depend more and more on financial aid from federal and…
Descriptors: Paying for College, Student Financial Aid, Tuition, Grants
Ma, Jennifer; Baum, Sandy; Pender, Matea; Welch, Meredith – College Board, 2017
Both the published tuition and fee prices of colleges and universities and the net prices students pay after subtracting grant aid and tax credits and deductions continued to rise between 2016-17 and 2017-18, even after adjusting for inflation. Average net prices in 2017-18 remain lower at public two-year and private nonprofit four-year…
Descriptors: Trend Analysis, Tuition, Fees, College Students
Baum, Sandy; Harris, Douglas N.; Kelly, Andrew; Mitchell, Ted – Urban Institute, 2017
The federal role in higher education has grown over the past two decades, and now a new administration has the opportunity to chart the direction of the country's colleges and universities. To help inform these decisions, the Urban Institute convened a bipartisan group of scholars and policy advisers to write a series of memos highlighting the…
Descriptors: Educational Policy, Higher Education, Federal Government, Government Role
Baum, Sandy; Chingos, Matthew – Urban Institute, 2017
The federal role in higher education has grown over the past two decades, and now a new administration has the opportunity to strengthen policies that support students and their colleges and universities. To help inform these decisions, the Urban Institute convened a bipartisan group of scholars and policy advisers to write a series of memos…
Descriptors: Student Loan Programs, Loan Repayment, Federal Programs, Federal Aid
Baum, Sandy; Ma, Jennifer; Pender, Matea; Welch, Meredith – College Board, 2017
This report provides a detailed look at the sources and distribution of grants, loans, and other student aid for the most recent academic year and how this funding has changed over time. The federal government provided two-thirds of all student aid in 2016-17, but only one-third of the grant aid. In the context of uncertainty about the timing of…
Descriptors: Student Financial Aid, Federal Aid, Grants, Student Loan Programs
Baum, Sandy – Midwestern Higher Education Compact, 2017
In most states and in the nation as a whole, the combination of constrained resources and rapid enrollment growth during the Great Recession left a legacy of significantly diminished per-student funding for higher education. Adequate funding is a necessary component of supporting college access and success and meeting state goals for educational…
Descriptors: Educational Finance, College Students, Access to Education, Resource Allocation
Steele, Patricia; Baum, Sandy – National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators, 2017
In April, 2015 the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) joined a collaboration to assist students whose college or career school closed while they were attending or shortly after they withdrew. This collaboration, a response to the closure of Corinthian College, received hundreds of student inquiries in the first…
Descriptors: Student Financial Aid, Student Loan Programs, Financial Aid Applicants, School Closing
Baime, David; Baum, Sandy – Urban Institute, 2016
The national commitment to increasing postsecondary educational attainment, combined with growing economic anxiety, has made community colleges the focus of many federal and state policy initiatives. There is good reason for this: by virtue of their nature and reach, community colleges--public institutions of higher education that predominantly…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Institutional Mission, Educational Objectives, Educational Finance
Baum, Sandy; Ma, Jennifer; Pender, Matea; Welch, Meredith – College Board, 2016
Data on student aid for 2015-16 confirm that the dramatic increases in aid awarded in 2009-10 and 2010-11 were products of extreme economic circumstances, not harbingers of long-run changes in financing for postsecondary education. Both total federal education loans and federal loans per full-time equivalent (FTE) student declined for the fifth…
Descriptors: Student Financial Aid, Federal Aid, Grants, Student Loan Programs
Ma, Jennifer; Baum, Sandy; Pender, Matea; Welch, Meredith – College Board, 2016
In 2016-17, published tuition and fee prices rose slightly less than the year before. The rapid price growth observed during the Great Recession has abated, as typically happens when the economy recovers, but the rate of increase in tuition and fees continues to exceed inflation. More notable, however, is the pattern of the net prices students…
Descriptors: Trend Analysis, Tuition, Fees, College Students
Baum, Sandy – Palgrave Macmillan Ltd., 2016
This book analyzes reliable evidence to tell the true story of student debt in America. One of the nation's foremost experts on college finance, Sandy Baum exposes how misleading the widely accepted narrative on student debt is. Baum combines data, research, and analysis to show how the current discourse obscures serious problems, risks…
Descriptors: Debt (Financial), Student Loan Programs, Student Financial Aid, College Students
Baum, Sandy – Urban Institute, 2015
In recent years, concerns have emerged both about declines in entrepreneurial activity, and about increases in the amount students borrow to finance postsecondary education--in the aggregate as well as on average. Because the financial obligations associated with student debt could limit access to credit for individuals seeking to start…
Descriptors: Debt (Financial), Loan Repayment, Student Financial Aid, Entrepreneurship
Baum, Sandy – Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges, 2015
This white paper encourages board members to take a step back and think about long-term strategies for ensuring that financial aid policies are consistent with institutional mission at the same time that they serve fiscal and enrollment goals. While board members can determine financial aid and enrollment policies only at the broadest level, it is…
Descriptors: Student Financial Aid, Enrollment, Correlation, Institutional Mission
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Baum, Sandy; Cunningham, Alisa; Tanenbaum, Courtney – Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, 2015
The level of educational attainment in the United States is a central focus of public policy. The Obama administration, some states, large national foundations, and other organizations have set near-term goals to increase the number of Americans with college degrees. Achieving these goals is likely to involve a combination of increasing…
Descriptors: Educational Attainment, Higher Education, Educational Policy, Goal Orientation
Ma, Jennifer; Baum, Sandy; Pender, Matea; Bell, D'Wayne – College Board, 2015
The increases in tuition and fee prices in 2015-16 were, like the increases in the two preceding years, relatively small by historical standards. However, the very low rate of general inflation makes this year's increases in college prices larger in real terms than those of 2014-15 and 2013-14. Significantly, and perhaps counter to public…
Descriptors: Trend Analysis, Tuition, Fees, College Students
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