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Fincher, Mark; Cruse, Terry Dale – Community College Journal of Research and Practice, 2019
The financial challenges facing college students in the U.S. are daunting. The majority of these students are incurring substantial debt during their studies. For many this likely debt level is sufficient to cause them to forgo college, while for others it leads them to drop out before completing a degree. This financial strain places a premium on…
Descriptors: Student Financial Aid, Consortia, Best Practices, Community Colleges
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
Online Learning Consortium, 2019
Regular and substantive interaction (RSI) between instructors and students is a core component distinguishing distance education from correspondence education. In contrast to correspondence education where students are not in regular and substantive interaction with instructors, distance education is eligible for Title IV financial aid because of…
Descriptors: Interaction, Teacher Student Relationship, Distance Education, Student Financial Aid
Online Learning Consortium, 2019
Current Title IV financial aid eligibility is limited to students enrolled in eligible programs as defined in 34 C.F.R. §668.8. Historically, eligibility requirements revolved around several factors including whether the programs were tied to a credential, the length of the program, and whether a student made satisfactory academic progress (SAP).…
Descriptors: Competency Based Education, College Students, Student Financial Aid, Student Loan Programs
Harney, John O. – New England Journal of Higher Education, 2018
From 2012 to 2017, nearly 15,000 New England residents participated in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. DACA students are ineligible for federal financial aid programs, but state and institutional aid can flow to undocumented students. As of March 2017, 20 states, including Connecticut and Rhode Island, offered in-state…
Descriptors: Undocumented Immigrants, Student Financial Aid, State Aid, Tuition
Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, 2018
Given the changing landscape of higher education, the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education (OSRHE) established the Task Force on the Future of Higher Education in March 2017 to conduct a systematic review of higher education; examine existing initiatives and best practices; and report findings and recommendations on strategies that best…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Educational Trends, Trend Analysis, Educational Change
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
Price, Derek V.; Lincoln, Carol – Achieving the Dream, 2018
In the summer of 2017, Achieving the Dream hosted The National Financial Security Convening, a meeting attended by a diverse group of researchers, practitioners, postsecondary leaders, advocates, and funders who are engaged in work aimed at addressing the financial needs of low-income students in college and thereafter. The group reflected on the…
Descriptors: Academic Persistence, College Students, Low Income Students, Leadership Responsibility
Wozniak, Abigail – Hamilton Project, 2018
Geography is an important part of economic opportunity. This is increasingly true in the labor market for skilled workers. Due to monetary and nonmonetary costs of migration, college attendance is less likely for those who live farther from postsecondary institutions. The college educated have also become increasingly concentrated in larger labor…
Descriptors: Student Mobility, Access to Education, Relocation, Grants
Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education, 2018
Financial literacy, or understanding how money is made, spent, and saved in order to make informed decisions, is particularly important during the transition to and through college. Students who have a deeper understanding of finances and how they work are better positioned to make decisions regarding the college or university they attend, what to…
Descriptors: Money Management, Knowledge Level, Consumer Education, Public Colleges
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Custer, Bradley D. – Journal of College Access, 2018
Student affairs professionals are concerned about the access and success of diverse groups of students in U.S. higher education, but systematic barriers continue to confront one understudied population of college students. Justice-involved people--those who have experienced the criminal justice system--face unique challenges on our campuses but…
Descriptors: Barriers, College Students, Delinquency, Crime
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Mathuews, Katy – College and University, 2018
At more than one hundred questions, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) has often been the source of sharp criticism. Indeed, the length, complexity, and timing of the FAFSA have left many students, parents, and institutions frustrated, prompting policy makers to demand reform. The urgency to reform is especially salient when…
Descriptors: Financial Aid Applicants, Student Financial Aid, Financial Needs, Student Needs
Federal Student Aid, US Department of Education, 2018
The "2018-19 Counselors and Mentors Handbook on Federal Student Aid" provides useful information to help high school counselors, TRIO and Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) staff, and other mentors advise students about financial aid for postsecondary education. This book focuses on the federal…
Descriptors: Student Financial Aid, Federal Aid, Postsecondary Education, Grants
Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education, 2018
Research shows that the more courses students take and complete, especially early in their postsecondary programs, the more likely they are to graduate. In particular, students who take 15 credits per semester or 30 credits a year have a higher likelihood to complete associate and baccalaureate degrees than students enrolling in fewer hours, even…
Descriptors: College Students, College Credits, Graduation, Associate Degrees
Blagg, Kristin; Blom, Erica – Urban Institute, 2018
The growing availability of new data has pushed state policymakers to increasingly consider the return on investment of higher education. In this brief, we highlight key components of the return to higher education investments for both individual students and state taxpayers. By synthesizing research on how the value of education is realized at…
Descriptors: Outcomes of Education, Higher Education, College Students, Paying for College
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