IHEP Report Reveals College Remains Unaffordable for Many Americans

A recent report by the Institute for Higher Education Policy, with support from the Lumina Foundation, seeks to address college affordability.

Temple University-APLU Completion Grants Will Help Low-Income Students Graduate

A nearly $4 million Department of Education grant will enable Temple University, in collaboration with the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities, to undertake an initiative focused on small-dollar grants to help cash-strapped, low-income students complete their degrees.

Between Scylla and Charybdis: Navigating the Cost of College

Even with its long-term benefits understood, the challenges for many households to afford college make it clear that the current model cannot simply continue without strategic innovation, writes Geoffrey Brackett, executive vice president of Marist College.

Richmond Joins Effort to Recruit, Graduate More Lower-income Students

The University of Richmond is among the growing number of ACE member institutions participating in the American Talent Initiative, a program dedicated to substantially expanding opportunity and access for low- and moderate-income students. President Ronald Crutcher discusses the importance of committing to the ATI.

New Report Looks at State and Local Tuition- and Debt-Free College Plans

A new report released this week looks at 11 plans that reduce or eliminate the cost of tuition or the need to borrow to cover it, including five at the state and two at the local level. The study summarizes the work of the Task Force on Assessing Tuition- and Debt-Free Higher Education, convened last July by the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators.

College Board Releases 2016 Reports on College Pricing, Student Aid

The College Board today released its annual Trends in Higher Education reports, one focusing on student aid and the other on tuition and fees. The reports showed moderate increases in published tuition and fees, ranging from 2.2 percent to 3.6 percent across all sectors between 2015-16 and 2016-17. However, that still exceeded the growth in… Read more »

#PublicUValues: Average Cost of Public Universities Is $3,980 for In-state Students

On average, in-state students at public four-year institutions paid just $3,980 in tuition and fees during the 2015–16 academic year. This cost, known as the average net price, reflects the actual cost of tuition after scholarships, grants and tax benefits have been taken into consideration.

To Boost Retention, GSU Gives “Just-In-Time” Grants to At-Risk Students

Nearly a decade ago, Georgia State University (GSU) had an institutional graduation rate of just 32 percent. And low-income students receiving Pell Grants fared even worse, with rates around 15 percent. Instead of accepting these low retention rates, GSU began to investigate ways to help the students being left behind.

The Price We Pay for Bad Data on College Costs

Matthew Soldner of the American Institutes for Research writes about three things senior leaders need to know as they navigate the challenges facing their campuses: institutional spending, and how spending relates to cost and student outcomes. The first post in a series introducing three background papers prepared for a roundtable on financial data in higher education.

Private Institutions Are Lowering Tuition and Increasing Student Aid

In The 2014 NACUBO Tuition Discounting Study, the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO) finds that private colleges and universities continue to lower tuition and fees for undergraduates. The study also reveals that schools have given out more financial aid than in previous years.

VIDEO: Exploring Indirect College Costs

This video accompanies the newly released Quick Hit brief, “Exploring the Topic of Indirect Costs to Today’s Higher Education Students.”

Public Research Universities Are Improving Access and Affordability

The American Academy of Arts & Sciences examines how public research universities are increasing access and affordability in its report “Public Research Universities: Why They Matter.”