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Posted October 17, 2015 by

Grueling FAFSA application process leaves money on the table, hurts students

directly above photograph of a grant application

Directly above photograph of a grant application. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

As the cost of college tuitions skyrocket, the world of academia is constantly growing more competitive, which is causing a large number of students to second guess their options for college. Today, a college education can be financially intimidating, especially when your main form of payment is through some sort of government aid, student loan, or the hope for a potential scholarship. With college costing an average student more than $30,000 per year, students are actively seeking any monetary help possible to ensure they are not haunted by a mountain of debt after graduation. (more…)

Posted December 02, 2013 by

5 tips to acquire a good deal on student loans

Young female graduate holding money from a student loan

Young female graduate holding money from a student loan. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

Attending college can be very expensive. With the price of tuition constantly on the rise, students find that attending college is increasingly expensive. Most students do not qualify for Pell grants so loans are their only option. It is very important for students to receive the best deal possible on student loans so that payments are both low and easy to accomplish. However, most students have no idea where to start. Below are a few tips on how to acquire a good deal on student loans without breaking the bank. (more…)

Posted June 13, 2013 by

Invest in the Success of Low-Income Students

Michelle Asha Cooper

Michelle Asha Cooper, Ph.D., President of the Institute for Higher Education Policy

For several years, I have watched the higher education community engage in hand-wringing over strategies for improving the educational outcomes for low- and moderate-income students. At present, low-income students remain less likely to enroll and complete college, when compared to their higher-income peers. Given these trends, the attention being dedicated to these students is certainly warranted. However, long-standing efforts designed to improve the outcomes for low- and moderate-income students, such as the federal Pell grants and TRIO programs, are constantly being thrashed and called ineffective. This chorus of opposition is growing more and more audible. While there is a need to enhance these programs to effectively serve more deserving students, I do believe that it is not in our best interest to scrutinize the outputs of these programs, without simultaneously scrutinizing the inputs. (more…)

Posted October 30, 2012 by

The Types of Financial Aid Available to College Students

Prospective and current college students should be aware of all financial aid options to further their educations.  The following infographic provides information about the types of assistance available to these students. (more…)

Posted September 04, 2012 by

Study Reveals that African-American Males Most Likely to Lose Academic Scholarships

College student retention and low graduation rates are the most significant problems associated with state-provided financial aid. Now, a University of Missouri researcher has found that African-American males are the most likely to lose state lottery-funded scholarships with academic stipulations. Charles Menifield, a professor in the Truman School of Public Affairs at MU, found that more than 50 percent of African-American males lost state-funded scholarships over the course of a four-year academic career. (more…)

Posted November 18, 2011 by

Survey Finds Large Majorities Concerned about Student Debt, Opposed to Cutting Pell Grants and Loan Subsidies

While they believe that higher education is more important today than it was for their parents’ generation, most U.S. adults age 18 to 34 also view college as harder to afford than just five years ago. They feel that people are leaving school with too much debt, and they oppose proposals to cut federal student aid, according to a survey released by three national policy organizations.  Lake Research Partners and Bellwether Research and Consulting conducted the bi-partisan national survey, which was commissioned by The Institute for College Access & Success (TICAS), Demos, and Young Invincibles. Among the survey’s key findings and themes:

Higher Education: More Important, Less Affordable, Too Much Debt
More than three in four (76%) young adults say that college has become harder to afford in the past five years, and nearly as many (73%) say that graduates have more student debt than they can manage.  When asked about the importance of college and other education and training after high school, about eight in 10 say it is more important than a generation ago. Whether or not they have a college degree or student debt, most young people share these views and concerns. (more…)