Michael Bloomberg’s gift, which brings his lifetime giving to Hopkins to $3.3 billion, will allow the school to establish need-blind admissions and eliminate loans from financial aid packages. But it also raises questions about the role of private philanthropy in addressing college access and affordability.
Five states are piloting free-college programs designed to encourage degree attainment among students over age 25 by addressing key financial and lifestyle barriers to enrollment and graduation.
Two new reports suggest that tuition-free college programs fail to meet the needs of low-income students, but advocates of free-college policies challenge that conclusion.
It’s widely accepted that students who consistently take more credits are more likely to graduate on time, but states are still searching for the best way to encourage full course loads.
Advocacy organizations have seen growth in scholarship applications from DACA students, who also are persevering to stay enrolled in school, “often at higher rates than their U.S.-citizen counterparts,” according to The Hechinger Report