We advocate for more accessible and effective Pell Grants and Cal Grants, more affordable student loans, greater and more equitable state funding, and better information to help students make good financial decisions.
Report analyzing select state- and system-level data on short-term programs under consideration for expanded Pell Grant eligibility. Our analysis finds a diverse landscape of short-term programs focused on a wide range of fields with different program costs and a range of success rates for students. Methodological challenges encountered underscore the need for better data and improved data systems capable of assessing the quality and payoff of short-term workforce training programs not currently eligible for the Pell Grant.
This brief reviews the details of major proposals from policy makers and policy organizations to streamline and reform income-driven repayment of federal student loans. The brief identifies encouraging consensus on a number of important details, as well as some areas of remaining divergence.
Students of color disproportionately attend underfunded colleges where they are less likely to graduate. These days, there are too many free college plans to count. Presidential candidates and members of Congress need to make sure that their plans address the inequalities in college finance that drive the inequalities in college completion.