Publication | February 10, 2013

Aligning the Means and the Ends: How to Improve Federal Student Aid and Increase College Access and Success

March 2016 Update: Please see this page for the most recent version of proposal for risk sharing and rewards

This white paper calls for major changes to federal student aid, including Pell Grants, student loans, and tax benefits, with the goals of increasing college affordability and completion. More than two dozen recommendations would simplify the financial aid system, from applying for aid to repaying student loans; better target resources; reduce waste and fraud; and align incentives for colleges with better outcomes for students.

Read the white paper

Read the press release

Read the executive summary


One-page summaries of white paper recommendations: