Former Morgan State University student gives $20M for scholarships

Financial struggles forced Calvin E. Tyler Jr. to drop out of Morgan State University in 1963. Almost six decades later, he and his wife are giving the historically Black university $20 million for scholarships to ensure that low-income students can complete their education.

Common App sounds alarm about dip in first-gen, low-income applicants

New information from the Common Application offers another glimpse at the pandemic’s implications for equity in higher education, showing a decline in applicants who requested fee waivers and those who would be the first in their family to earn a college degree.

More college students now qualify for SNAP benefits

The latest federal spending and stimulus package temporarily eases the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program’s work and eligibility requirements for low-income college students in hopes of increasing participation and curbing food insecurity.

Pandemic relief bill simplifies FAFSA, broadens access to financial aid

The omnibus spending and stimulus package passed by Congress on December 21 not only provides another round of dedicated funding for higher education institutions but also includes significant changes for student financial aid—shortening the FAFSA, allowing incarcerated students to access Pell grants, and replacing the “expected family contribution” with a new index.