Preparing for a dramatic expansion in the number of incarcerated students eligible for Pell Grants, the U.S. Department of Education has released new regulations to guide higher education institutions offering prison education programs.
The National College Attainment Network finds that two- and four-year colleges are becoming more unaffordable for the average Pell Grant recipient.
As more students face basic needs insecurity, colleges and universities are hiring benefits navigators to connect them to crucial aid and support.
Free Application for Federal Student Aid completions were up 4.6% as of July 1 compared to last year—gains partly attributed to a rebound in FAFSA filings among low-income students and students of color.
In the decades since its implementation, the Pell Grant program has supported 80 million students, but its purchasing power has not kept pace with college costs.
The amount private colleges discount their tuition and fees reached record highs of 49% for all undergraduates and 54.5% for first-time, full-time undergraduates.
State scholarship programs that award aid based on academic achievement have been touted as a way to increase opportunity for students from all backgrounds. Years later, they are perpetuating racial gaps.
The number of FAFSA filings for 2022-23 fell by nearly 9% compared to a year ago, even as the number of new filings increased.
Uncertainty about college costs can deter low-income students from considering elite institutions, even those offering extensive aid. New research shows the power of early assurances.
The institution says it is the first U.S. college to do so and hopes its “all-grant” approach will enable more students to fully participate in the college experience.
Several states now require high school students to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Their FAFSA filings have increased—but so have concerns about sapping scarce resources from other college-access efforts.
The recently passed fiscal year 2022 budget includes $3 billion for higher education, an additional $25 billion for federal student aid, and the largest increase to the maximum Pell Grant in more than a decade.