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Institute for College Access & Success, 2021
Most colleges and universities help millions of Americans earn a degree or diploma to lead to economic security and a better life. In the wake of the Great Recession, it was revealed that too many for-profit colleges -- by enrolling hundreds of thousands of students -- sought to take advantage of the federal financial aid system to make windfall…
Descriptors: Proprietary Schools, Colleges, Deception, Debt (Financial)
Institute for College Access & Success, 2021
Increasing college attainment offers tremendous promise for increasing social mobility, tackling poverty, and reducing racial and income inequality, aspirations that are more vital than ever as the devastating impact of the pandemic has fallen disproportionately on people of color. Yet for too many policymakers and practitioners, the path to…
Descriptors: School Counseling, Program Effectiveness, Academic Persistence, College Students
Institute for College Access & Success, 2021
Most colleges and universities help millions of Americans earn a degree or diploma to lead to economic security and a better life. In the wake of the Great Recession, it was revealed that too many for-profit colleges -- by enrolling hundreds of thousands of students -- sought to take advantage of the federal financial aid system to make windfall…
Descriptors: Proprietary Schools, Colleges, Federal Regulation, Vocational Education
Ahlman, Lindsay – Institute for College Access & Success, 2020
Millions of college students, across the nation and in California, benefit from financial aid that reduces the amount students and families must pay for tuition and fees, supplies, and living expenses like food, housing, and transportation while enrolled. In California, concerns about college costs and affordability have in recent years expanded…
Descriptors: Student Financial Aid, Paying for College, Higher Education, State Aid
Robertson, Brett – Institute for College Access & Success, 2020
One lasting legacy of the COVID-19 pandemic may be more students attending online classes at both traditional and fully online colleges. The efficacy of online education remains unproven, especially for students with academic or other challenges. And yet, both students and policymakers lack the data they need to assess whether online classes are…
Descriptors: Online Courses, Electronic Learning, Distance Education, Educational Quality
Perry, Angela – Institute for College Access & Success, 2020
States invest heavily in education, providing funding either directly or in the form of financial aid from preschool through college, with positive outcomes from those impacting nearly every other area of public policy, particularly the workforce. To understand and assess results, states collect and analyze information about these investments at…
Descriptors: Student Financial Aid, State Legislation, State Programs, Databases
Institute for College Access & Success, 2020
Due to the impact of COVID-19, current and incoming students will be facing unprecedented struggles when starting the new academic year -- and, likely, for years to come -- and many students will need significant additional support to pay for college. It is critical to protect and strengthen the Pell Grant program to reduce students' need to…
Descriptors: Paying for College, Federal Aid, Grants, Student Financial Aid
Szabo-Kubitz, Laura; Fung, Ana – Institute for College Access & Success, 2020
Analysis finds that out-of-pocket college costs are unaffordable for low-income Californians, and often more so at the state's community colleges where tuition is low. This analysis is the third in a series, and is the first to look at affordability challenges of students in different living arrangements. [Debbie Cochrane and Oliver Schak made…
Descriptors: Low Income Students, Undergraduate Students, Tuition, Student Financial Aid
Institute for College Access & Success, 2020
This brief illustrates that while many borrowers in IDR [income-driven repayment] will repay their loans in full, those who do receive a discharge of remaining debt after 20 or 25 years of responsible payments may face an unaffordable tax liability because these discharged amounts are treated as taxable income under current law.
Descriptors: Taxes, Income Contingent Loans, Loan Repayment, Student Loan Programs
Perry, Angela – Institute for College Access & Success, 2020
Complaints are an essential tool not only to resolve student problems but also to identify patterns of widespread misconduct and take action to prevent ongoing harm to students and taxpayers. However, the current complaint landscape is complex and not well designed to serve students' needs. "Unheard Voices: The Case for Improving Higher…
Descriptors: Grievance Procedures, Higher Education, College Students, State Programs
Brown, Catherine; Wong, Nancy – Institute for College Access & Success, 2020
High tuition makes headlines and may dissuade students from pursuing college or excluding what appear to be high-cost colleges. However, a college's "sticker price" can be misleading because it does not reflect any grant or scholarship aid that reduces the price students actually pay. As the costs of attending college have risen, the…
Descriptors: Student Costs, College Students, Access to Information, Usability
Ahlman, Lindsay – Institute for College Access & Success, 2019
The Pell Grant program helps low- and middle-income students earn degrees and certificates from a wide variety of postsecondary schools, including community colleges, vocational schools, liberal arts colleges, religious colleges, research universities, and many more. However, in order for students to use their Pell Grant, the programs must be…
Descriptors: Federal Aid, Grants, College Programs, Program Length
Dalal, Neha – Institute for College Access & Success, 2019
Schools are increasingly finding ways to improve administrative decision-making and student success through data, experimentation, and evidence, but they face clear and persistent obstacles. This leads to a key question: how can colleges and universities best drive student success through data and evidence? To begin to answer this question, focus…
Descriptors: Data Use, Educational Improvement, College Students, Outcomes of Education
Ahlman, Lindsay – Institute for College Access & Success, 2019
"Casualties of College Debt" uses the latest federal data on delinquency and default to better understand who student loan defaulters are, explores key themes of who defaults and why that emerged across over 20 in-depth conversations with a diverse group of experts, and lifts up the lived experience of default through voices of borrowers…
Descriptors: College Students, Student Financial Aid, Debt (Financial), Loan Default
Robertson, Brett; Stein, Beth – Institute for College Access & Success, 2019
College choices are among the most consequential decisions individuals make in their lifetimes. Students are entitled to information that meets five principles: simple, salient, comparable, timely, and trusted. "Consumer Information in Higher Education" describes how research informs these five key principles and recommends improvements…
Descriptors: Consumer Economics, Information Dissemination, Credibility, College Choice
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