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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
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
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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
Dortch, Cassadria; James, Nathan – Congressional Research Service, 2019
In 1994, Congress passed and President Clinton signed the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994 (P.L. 103-322), which, among other things, made prisoners ineligible for Pell Grants. However, concerns about the financial and social costs of the growing prison population combined with concerns about the recidivism rate of released…
Descriptors: Federal Aid, Grants, Institutionalized Persons, Eligibility
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
Daugherty, Lindsay; Davis, Van L.; Miller, Trey – RAND Corporation, 2015
Higher-education institutions in Texas are increasingly exploring innovative approaches to structuring and delivering degree programs. Several institutions have developed competency-based degree programs, which aim to offer new pathways for students to obtain postsecondary credentials and to reduce higher-education costs for students by focusing…
Descriptors: Competency Based Education, Educational Innovation, Higher Education, Academic Degrees