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Back, Christine J.; Hsin, JD S. – Congressional Research Service, 2019
The last several years have seen renewed debate over the role that race plays in higher education--a debate over "affirmative action." The report first considers "affirmative action" in its original sense: the "mandatory" race-conscious measures that the federal courts have imposed on "de jure" segregated…
Descriptors: Affirmative Action, Equal Protection, Higher Education, Federal Courts
Hegji, Alexandra – Congressional Research Service, 2019
The recent closure of multiple large, proprietary (or private, for-profit) institutions of higher education (IHEs) has brought into focus the extent to which a postsecondary student's education may be disrupted by a school closure. However, even in instances of a small IHE's closure, student concerns remain the same. Concerns include the…
Descriptors: School Closing, Colleges, College Students, Student Loan Programs
Fletcher, Carla; Klepfer, Kasey – Trellis Company, 2019
The State of Student Aid and Higher Education in Texas (SOSA) annual report from Trellis Research provides information helpful in informing policy and programs for higher education student financial aid. The report serves as a reference for colleges, universities, and policymakers, and provides a comparison of Texas state and federal student aid…
Descriptors: Student Financial Aid, Higher Education, Student Loan Programs, Federal Aid
Peters, Eleanor Eckerson; Roberson, Amanda Janice; Voight, Mamie – Institute for Higher Education Policy, 2019
This report shares the perspectives and aspirations of 17 low-income and working-class students based on interviews the Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP) conducted over two semesters of their college journeys. The report identifies opportunities for policymakers and institutional leaders to support all students through completion,…
Descriptors: College Students, Paying for College, Tuition, Student Loan Programs
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Stephens, Jason M. – Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, 2019
Epidemic is an apt adjective for describing the problem of academic dishonesty. When asked if they have cheated in the past year, a "disproportionately large number" (i.e., the majority) of secondary and tertiary students in the United States (and in every other country in which it's been studied) report having done so. The problem of…
Descriptors: Ethics, Cheating, Incidence, Moral Development
Pingel, Sarah; Sponsler, Brian A.; Holly, Neal – Education Commission of the States, 2018
This Special Report examines four principles for state leaders to consider as they develop or evaluate financial aid redesign reform efforts. The financial aid redesign principles, identified through a Thinkers Meeting that included experts from across the country, fall into four areas: Financial aid programs should be student-centered,…
Descriptors: State Aid, Educational Policy, Postsecondary Education, Paying for College
MDRC, 2018
Low-income students in college face many challenges, including the cost of postsecondary education and competing demands on their time from work or family obligations. They may not be prepared for college academically. They may also lack the skills and experiences other students rely on to help them navigate college, or the social support that can…
Descriptors: Low Income Students, Postsecondary Education, College Students, Graduation Rate
Excelencia in Education, 2018
Every year, "Excelencia" in Education receives submissions for Examples of "Excelencia" from across the country. Our criteria for recognition are focused on a program's success backed by evidence that shows its effectiveness in serving Latino students in higher education. Since 2005, we have recognized over 280 different…
Descriptors: Hispanic American Students, College Students, Program Effectiveness, Student Needs
Fountain, Joselynn H. – Congressional Research Service, 2018
Three Higher Education Act (HEA) student financial aid programs--the Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) program, the Federal Work-Study (FWS) program, and the Federal Perkins Loan program--collectively are referred to as the campus-based programs. Under the campus-based programs, federal funding is provided to institutions…
Descriptors: Student Financial Aid, Federal Aid, Student Loan Programs, Grants
Hegji, Alexandra; Smole, David P.; Heisler, Elayne J. – Congressional Research Service, 2018
This report identifies and describes federal student loan forgiveness and loan repayment programs that are currently authorized by federal law. It provides brief, summary descriptions of identified programs. These program descriptions are intended to provide policymakers with general information about the purpose of existing programs and how they…
Descriptors: Student Loan Programs, Loan Repayment, Federal Legislation, Incentives
Crandall-Hollick, Margot L. – Congressional Research Service, 2018
Families may choose to save for college or elementary and secondary education expenses using tax-advantaged qualified tuition programs (QTPs), also known as 529 plans. 529 plans, named for the section of the tax code which dictates their tax treatment, are tax-advantaged investment trusts used to pay for education expenses. The specific tax…
Descriptors: Paying for College, Taxes, Tuition, Tax Credits
Crandall-Hollick, Margot L. – Congressional Research Service, 2018
This report provides a brief overview of the higher education tax benefits that are currently available to students and their families. The report: (1) contrasts higher education tax benefits with traditional student aid; (2) presents a brief history of higher education tax policy over the past 60 years, including recent legislative proposals to…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Taxes, Tax Credits, College Students
Hegji, Alexandra; Fountain, Joselynn H.; Collins, Benjamin; Kuenzi, Jeffrey J.; Dortch, Cassandria; Smole, David P. – Congressional Research Service, 2018
The Higher Education Act of 1965 (HEA; P.L. 89-329, as amended) authorizes programs and activities that make federal financial assistance available to individuals who are pursuing a postsecondary education and to institutions of higher education (IHEs). It also authorizes a number of other activities and functions related to postsecondary…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Educational Legislation, Federal Legislation, Federal Aid
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
Education Trust-West, 2017
Educational opportunities and outcomes for California's Latino students have improved over the last half century. Even so, Latino students continue to face barriers in opportunity that make it harder for them to achieve college, career, and future success. The goal of this report is to describe what Latino students currently experience in…
Descriptors: Hispanic American Students, Access to Education, Equal Education, Educational Quality
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