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What financial aid offices need to know about legislative changes ahead

Higher Ed. Dive

February 19, 2021   Student Success, Value and Affordability

The government spending package passed at the end of 2020 included several provisions intended to extend federal financial support to more college students. Financial aid changes include simplifying the FAFSA, expanding eligibility for Pell grants, rebranding the EFC (expected family contribution), and bringing more predictability overall to financial aid awards.

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‘Alarm Bells’ on First-Generation, Low-Income Applicants

Inside Higher Ed.

January 26, 2021   Enrollment Management Trends, Student Success, Value and Affordability

The Common Application is the most widely used college application, with more than 900 institutions participating. Newly released data shows that larger and more competitive colleges are receiving many applications, but smaller and less competitive colleges are not. Additionally, first-generation and fee waiver students are not applying at the same rates as they used to, with application numbers declining by three and two percentage points, respectively.

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How to Survive the Enrollment Bust

The Chronicle of Higher Education

January 13, 2021   Enrollment Management Trends, Student Success

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, colleges were already dreading a “great enrollment crash”. The pandemic then induced a 13% decline in first-time undergraduate enrollment, lying outside any projection model. Institutions of higher education must use lessons learned from 2020 and develop innovative enrollment strategies to survive the approaching demographic reversal of 2026.

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Fall Semester Was Not a Wash For All

Inside Higher Ed.

December 16, 2020   Student Success

A poll released by Gallup and the Lumina Foundation, a nonprofit advocate organization for equity in postsecondary education, found that about three-quarters of students rated the quality of their education to be “excellent” or “very good” despite disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The Real Covid-19 Enrollment Crisis: Fewer Low-Income Students Went Straight to College

The Chronicle of Higher Education

December 10, 2020   Student Success, Value and Affordability

This year, 21.7% fewer high school graduates enrolled directly into college compared to 2019 as reported by the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center. The reflects a huge year-to-year change, and when comparing students from different socioeconomic backgrounds, it becomes clear that the pandemic has hit low-income students, especially those from urban high schools, the hardest.

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The Federal Government Is Verifying Fewer FAFSA Filers. Here’s Why That Matters.

The Chronicle of Higher Education

December 02, 2020   Student Success, Value and Affordability

In previous years, the federal government verified around 30% of all FAFSA applicants for each enrollment cycle; however this year the U.S. Education Department announced it reduced the percentage to 18%. The verification process is widely seen as a barrier for low income students to gain access to government grants, scholarships, and loans that would offset the financial burden of attending college.

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The Latest College Scorecard Is Out. Here’s What It Says About How Much Parents Borrow for Higher Ed.

The Chronicle of Higher Education

December 03, 2020   Student Success, Value and Affordability

The College Scorecard is a website designed to give prospective students and their families information about how much debt students at individual institutions incur, and how much they would earn in certain fields after graduation. At nearly 130 four-year institutions awarding bachelor’s degrees, the median amount parents borrowed was $50,000 or higher. The data reflect the loans parents received through the PLUS program on behalf of undergraduate students who earned their degrees in the 2017-18 and 2018-19 academic years.

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How can student success initiatives scale?

Education Dive

November 09, 2020   Student Success

The National Bureau of Economic Research reviews eight programs that aid students on their college journey to graduation. The report examines methods to help programs scale, both in terms of their methodology and operational finances.

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What does Biden’s anticipated win mean for colleges?

Education Dive

November 07, 2020   Enrollment Management Trends, Student Success, Value and Affordability

Joe Biden’s anticipated win for presidential office will not be official until the Electoral College vote in December, but his promises for higher education are included and explained in this article. Some of those promises include expanding free college, undoing Trump-era initiatives such as changing immigration policies and oversight of Title IX, and investing more into minority-serving institutions.

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How colleges can help vulnerable students in their pandemic response

Education Dive

August 26, 2020   Enrollment Management Trends, Research, Student Success

The American College Health Association (ACHA) has offered recommendations relating to vulnerable campus populations and the disproportionate impact the pandemic has had on people of color. The ACHA encourages universities and colleges to remain mindful of the social and racial biases that may appear in college branded messaging, as well as the impact the pandemic may have on those with disabilities.

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