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Siddiqi, Javaid E.; Mikolowsky, James – Education Commission of the States, 2020
The transition from high school to postsecondary education is one of the most important points in a student's educational journey. Yet, as students attempt to navigate the many steps involved in accessing postsecondary education, it is also a juncture where students are most at risk of falling off track. The responses to the COVID-19 pandemic --…
Descriptors: Student Financial Aid, College Bound Students, Paying for College, Access to Information
Hansen, Kiese; Shaw, Tim – Aspen Institute, 2020
Student debt balances are ballooning, posing a serious threat to the financial security of millions of borrowers across the country. In the last 15 years, total outstanding student debt has grown six-fold and now hovers at over $1.5 trillion. Student debt has significant short- and long-term impacts on individuals, their communities, and the…
Descriptors: Student Financial Aid, Debt (Financial), Loan Repayment, State Policy
Godin, Eric – State Higher Education Executive Officers, 2020
State postsecondary education data systems are vital information assets for policymakers, researchers, and the public. The Communities of Practice project (funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation) at the State Higher Education Executive Officers Association (SHEEO) builds upon SHEEO's ongoing efforts to measure the capacity and effective…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Student Financial Aid, Data Use, Postsecondary Education
Newman, Elizabeth; Sipes, Laurel – John W. Gardner Center for Youth and Their Communities, 2020
Many students face unique and significant obstacles as they pursue postsecondary degrees, including the navigation of two complex systems: higher education and financial aid. Given the importance and complexity of the issues, multiple stakeholders, including philanthropists and researchers, have dedicated resources to understanding and improving…
Descriptors: Barriers, Access to Education, Higher Education, Student Financial Aid
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Yeung, Ryan; Nguyen-Hoang, Phuong – Journal of Research on Technology in Education, 2020
This study investigates how a network of New York City public schools use texting to increase enrollment and persistence in college. Text messages include tips and reminders to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid as well as college tips. Our multiple regression results suggest that although when the texting began did not appear…
Descriptors: Computer Mediated Communication, Telecommunications, Information Dissemination, Prompting
Anderson, Drew M. – RAND Corporation, 2020
State policies to promote postsecondary education historically have been devoted to funding and operating public colleges and universities. Increasingly, states are funding direct aid to their residents to attend public and private colleges within state borders. The majority of state aid is targeted based on the student's family income. States are…
Descriptors: State Aid, Student Needs, Low Income Students, Program Effectiveness
Fesler, Lily – Stanford Center for Education Policy Analysis, 2020
Although many programs remotely disseminate information to students about the college application process, there is little evidence as to how students experience these programs. This paper examines a large-scale remote counseling program in which college counselors initiated interactions with 15,000 high school seniors via text message to support…
Descriptors: High School Seniors, College Faculty, Telecommunications, College Applicants
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Taylor, Z. W.; Bicak, Ibrahim – College Student Affairs Journal, 2020
This study assessed prospective first-generation college students' knowledge of federal student aid. The research team surveyed 752 prospective first-generation college students to assess what financial aid jargon terms were unfamiliar. Students often reported "FAFSA," "master promissory note," "entrance counseling,"…
Descriptors: First Generation College Students, Student Financial Aid, Knowledge Level, Jargon
Keller, MorraLee; DeBaun, Bill – National College Attainment Network, 2020
Even before the COVID-19 pandemic upended the U.S. education system in spring 2020, another persistent, pernicious pathogen had long plagued American society: inequitable educational outcomes on the basis of income, race, and ethnicity. This is especially true for postsecondary access and attainment. Research shows the benefits of postsecondary…
Descriptors: High School Graduates, Post High School Guidance, Academic Aspiration, Postsecondary Education
National College Attainment Network, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic is putting immense strain on districts, schools, students, families, and all the stakeholders connected to them. During the Great Recession, many people enrolled in a postsecondary pathway based on the job market's weakness. Those without any postsecondary education fared particularly poorly after the Great Recession.…
Descriptors: High School Seniors, Transitional Programs, Postsecondary Education, Student Certification
Thrash, Courtney; Heard, Holly; Kennedy, Camila Cigarroa; Hanson, Vansa Shewakramani – Houston Education Research Consortium, 2020
This study examines the relationship between Cycle 1 of the Houston Independent School District (HISD) College Success Initiative and students' preparation for, enrollment in, and persistence in college. Rates of FAFSA submission, two-year applications, four-year applications, and on-time college enrollment all significantly increased during Cycle…
Descriptors: Correlation, School Districts, Program Effectiveness, College Readiness
Holzman, Brian; Hanson, Vansa Shewakramani – Houston Education Research Consortium, 2020
Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) verification and its role in summer melt is examined in this brief. "Summer melt" is when high school seniors who appear ready to go to college the fall following graduation do not enroll. The study revealed one-third of Houston Independent School District (HISD) college-intending students…
Descriptors: Federal Aid, Student Financial Aid, College Attendance, Intention
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Hanasono, Lisa K. – Communication Teacher, 2020
Courses: This unit-level teaching assignment was designed for courses on rhetoric, persuasion, professional communication, public speaking, and business communication. Objectives: By completing this activity, students should be able to: (1) identify and research a specific job, scholarship, or award they'd like to pursue within the next six…
Descriptors: Letters (Correspondence), Job Applicants, Advocacy, Rhetoric
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Britton, Tolani; Spencer, George – Teachers College Record, 2020
Background/Context: Policies featuring individualized learning plans (ILPs) have become increasingly popular among states seeking to improve college and career readiness through early postsecondary planning. Although ILPs are featured in legislation for more than 35 states, limited work has been done on measuring their effectiveness to ensure that…
Descriptors: Individualized Education Programs, Program Effectiveness, College Readiness, Career Readiness
Emrey-Arras, Melissa – US Government Accountability Office, 2019
The Department of Education's (Education) process for obtaining Temporary Expanded Public Service Loan Forgiveness (TEPSLF) is not clear to borrowers. Established in 2007, the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program forgives federal student loans for borrowers who work for certain public service employers for at least 10 years while making…
Descriptors: Student Loan Programs, Loan Repayment, Federal Programs, Eligibility
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