To Celebrate #PellTurns50, Let’s #DOUBLEPELL!

June 23, 2022

From 1972 to today, the federal Pell Grant program has provided need-based grant aid to 80 million low- and moderate-income students to help them achieve the dream of a college degree. Fifty years in, Pell Grants remain the federal government’s most effective investment in college affordability — but the share of college costs covered by the grant is at an all-time low.


Gainful Employment: Using Data to Examine Potential Effects of a High School Earnings Threshold

June 8, 2022

Issued in 2014, the Education Department implemented the Gainful Employment (GE) Rule to protect students from low-quality postsecondary programs that often left them with unaffordable student debts and non-transferrable credits. Unfortunately, the last administration halted the 2014 GE Rule upon taking office, and then officially rescinded the rule in 2019.


Bearing the Burdens of College Costs: A Look at College Affordability by Student Race and Income at California’s Public Two- and Four-Year Colleges and Universities

June 2, 2022

Fact sheet highlights the extent to which California’s public two- and four-year college students’ total college costs are covered by financial aid, how much of their annual family income is required to pay college costs, and the financial aid reforms policymakers must prioritize to better serve students.