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.

Waiting for the Dominoes to Fall

Uncertainty reigns in Washington, DC these days. The surprise election of Donald Trump and the resulting one-party control of the legislative and executive branches makes substantial changes in federal policy over the next two years nearly inevitable. Jon Fansmith looks at what this could mean for federal financial aid.

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.

What Can Higher Education Expect From the Trump Administration?

The stunning election of Republican Donald J. Trump as the 45th president of the United States on Nov. 8 reverberated across campuses and here in Washington. Immediately people began to ask, “What does a Trump presidency mean for me and my institution?” ACE’s Jon Fansmith looks at the available evidence to see what the next four years might bring.

Legacy

As the new president takes office, it’s reasonable to assess the Obama administration’s higher education record and to ask what its legacy will be and how long it will last. In a preview of the Winter 2016 edition of The Presidency, ACE Senior Vice President Terry W. Hartle outlines five fundamental ways federal higher education policy has changed over the last eight years.

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 »

From Foster Care to College to Career, Western Michigan Provides Pipeline of Support

For students aging out of the foster care system and going to college, the unknowns often outnumber the knowns. Western Michigan University (WMU) has set out to answer these uncertainties by providing a network of support on campus, in Michigan and across the nation.

Vouchers, Food Pantries, Completion Scholarships Among Campus Emergency Aid Programs

A new report from NASPA: Student Affairs Professionals in Higher Education gives a comprehensive look at colleges’ use of emergency aid to address a variety of student needs.

DREAMers Dream Big with Out-of-State Aid

Delaware State University (DSU), a historically black university, and Eastern Connecticut State University (Eastern) announced this month a partnership with TheDream.US that will provide scholarships to undocumented students who face barriers to attending college in their own states.

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.

Northwestern Broadens Opportunities for Transfer Students

Set just north of the urban powerhouse it calls home, Northwestern University (IL) is emphasizing a vital element of its demographic landscape—community college transfer students.

West Chester University Lends a Hand to Its Homeless Students

Imagine you are a college student. Imagine a day of classes, meetings, assignments and work. Now imagine going home to sleep in your car, your friend’s couch, or even the local bus station. This is the unfortunate reality for many homeless college and university students—and why West Chester University is taking proactive steps to help reduce the burden some of its students are facing.