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Duke-Benfield, Amy Ellen; Saunders, Katherine – Center for Postsecondary and Economic Success, 2016
This report analyzes how students were served by Benefits Access for College Completion (BACC), a 2.5-year initiative designed to increase access to public benefits (such as SNAP or Medicaid) for eligible low-income students. These crucial supports reduce students' unmet financial needs and help them finish school. Launched in 2011, BACC funded…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Access to Education, Low Income Groups, Social Services
Saunders, Katherine; Lower-Basch, Elizabeth – Center for Postsecondary and Economic Success, 2015
Half of all non-loan federal student aid is now offered as tax benefits for educational costs in the form of credits, deductions, and college savings accounts. These benefits help students and families offset the costs of their postsecondary education with tax savings. Yet, as explained in the 2013 report, "Reforming Student Aid: How to…
Descriptors: Tax Credits, Low Income Groups, Student Financial Aid, Federal Aid
Kenefick, Elizabeth – Center for Postsecondary and Economic Success, 2015
Low-income students must increasingly rely on work and loans to meet the high costs of college. Too often, though, the jobs they take are not in their field of study, which can impair the potential for career exploration and improved employment outcomes in the future. Despite the need to combine work and school in a meaningful way, only a limited…
Descriptors: Low Income Groups, Work Study Programs, Federal Programs, College Students
Harmon, Tim; Cielinski, Anna – Center for Postsecondary and Economic Success, 2014
In an economy that increasingly demands postsecondary credentials to access high-paying jobs with the potential for career advancement, students need comprehensive and reliable information to make better college and career choices. This need has prompted a vigorous national dialogue about the best way to provide information on the performance of…
Descriptors: Accountability, Postsecondary Education, Rating Scales, Student Empowerment
Kashen, Julie – Center for Postsecondary and Economic Success, 2014
The Benefits Access for College Completion (BACC) initiative funds innovative approaches to increase the number of students earning postsecondary credentials by connecting students to public benefits in seven community and technical colleges across the country. BACC was launched in September 2011 to help colleges develop and institutionalize…
Descriptors: Guides, Student Financial Aid, College Students, Colleges
Center for Postsecondary and Economic Success, 2014
This White Paper presents the work of the Consortium for Higher Education Tax Reform, a partnership funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation as part of the second phase of its Reimagining Aid Design and Delivery (RADD) initiative. Consortium partners are the Center for Postsecondary and Economic Success at CLASP, the Education Trust, New…
Descriptors: Finance Reform, Taxes, Higher Education, Paying for College
Ganzglass, Evelyn – Center for Postsecondary and Economic Success, 2014
Postsecondary education and credentials are key to economic mobility for individuals and economic competitiveness for our nation. Although the economic return to credentials varies significantly by field of study, generally workers with higher levels of education have higher wages, work more hours, and suffer lower rates and shorter durations of…
Descriptors: Postsecondary Education, Credentials, Program Implementation, Educational Policy
Harmon, Tim; Ridley, Neil – Center for Postsecondary and Economic Success, 2014
At a time of sustained unemployment and sluggish job growth, students and policymakers are increasingly asking tough questions about postsecondary education and training outcomes. Do graduates find jobs? What are they paid? What will they earn in the future? Despite growing national interest in this information, good answers are not widely…
Descriptors: Outcomes of Education, Postsecondary Education, Employment Level, Employment Qualifications
Center for Postsecondary and Economic Success, 2014
Benefits Access for College Completion (BACC) was designed to help colleges develop new policies that increase low-income students' access to public benefits, easing their financial burden to allow them to finish school and earn postsecondary credentials. Colleges participating in BACC have developed and institutionalized scalable, sustainable…
Descriptors: Graduation, Low Income Groups, Access to Education, Student Financial Aid
Mohan, Lavanya – Center for Postsecondary and Economic Success, 2014
Nebraska's Employment First (EF) program allows parents who receive TANF cash assistance to pursue education and training that improves their ability to secure employment and long-term economic success. A parent must negotiate and sign an Employment First contract, facilitated by a case worker, between the participating parent and the state of…
Descriptors: Welfare Services, Welfare Recipients, State Programs, Adult Education