Colleges and universities with differential tuition policies, in which students pay more for certain majors, are working to ensure they don’t create unintended barriers for students of color and first-generation, low-income college students.
After announcing that colleges may not receive students’ Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) data until early March, Education Department officials said they are providing additional resources to help under-resourced schools and students manage the compressed financial aid process.
A new policy brief calls on colleges to use readily available financial aid data to inform students of their potential eligibility for government assistance, including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and subsidized health insurance.
U.S. colleges and universities are working to boost the socioeconomic diversity of their incoming classes by strengthening pathways to college success for small-town and rural students.
With support from a network, four-year colleges and universities are launching two-year colleges that create an alternative, affordable pathway for low-income students to earn an associate degree and transfer to a four-year program with little to no debt.
Experts say that making students’ federal financial aid conditional on “satisfactory academic progress” punishes students who have the fewest resources to help them complete their degree. State and federal lawmakers are working to create more student-friendly policies.
A New York Times story exploring students’ SAT results by income level shines a light on “the deep inequality at the heart of American education”—economic disparities that leave children from the most underserved neighborhoods without the tools they need to succeed.
California community colleges are offering bachelor’s degree programs that allow students to attend college closer to home at more affordable rates.
The New York Times has released data on trends in the enrollment of low-income students at top colleges across the country. While some selective colleges and universities have enrolled more economically disadvantaged students, others are backsliding.
A new report finds that Minority-Serving Institutions offer a quick return on investment for low-income students by providing an education they can afford and focusing on completion, equity, and economic outcomes.
Meeting with professors can boost a student’s academic performance and career readiness, but students are hesitant to show up. Professors are investigating the source of the problem and ways to promote this untapped opportunity to students who need it the most.
A new analysis reveals that most families struggle to cover college costs, with students from low-income households and underrepresented groups facing the largest gaps between what they can afford and how much they have to pay to attend college.