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A Federal Work Study Reform Agenda to Better Serve Low-Income Students

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A new report from Young Invincibles, A Federal Work Study Reform Agenda to Better Serve Low Income Students, highlights the new reality for college graduates: 79% of employers expect real world experience when they evaluate potential hires.

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article | August 22, 2014 | Postsecondary National Policy Institute

NASFAA Consumer Information Task Force Report

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A recent report from The National Association of Student Financial aid Administrators (NASFAA) argues that consumer information requirements for postsecondary institutions could be enhanced, streamlined or eliminated to limit regulatory burden on institutional officials. The report details 15 recommendations ranging from improving the Department of Education’s College Navigator to repealing the ban on the federal-level student unit record system.

article | July 18, 2014 | Postsecondary National Policy Institute

Snapshot Report: Postsecondary Student Mobility Rate: 2011-2013

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Nicholas Brock

A new report from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center examined student mobility rates from 2011-2013. The student-mobility rate is the percentage of students across all levels of study who enrolled in more than one postsecondary institution during an academic year. The report shows that students 20 years or younger ...

article | July 18, 2014 | Postsecondary National Policy Institute

The 2013 Tuition Discounting Study

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The tuition discount rate for first year students at private, non-profit, four-year institutions has increased to 44.8% for the 2012-2013 academic year and is predicted to rise to over 46% in 2013-14, according to a recent report from the National Association of College and University Business Officers. Colleges and universities use tuition discounting strategies as a way to aid students who might otherwise be unable to pay the “sticker price” to attend. Tuition discounting is also a strategy that is used to increase enrollment and attract talented students.

article | June 14, 2014 | Postsecondary National Policy Institute

Access to what and for whom? A closer look at federal Parent PLUS loans

A recent report from AEI considers the federal Parent PLUS loan program: the types of institutions that benefit from the program, the types of families that are borrowing from the program, where PLUS loan borrowing is most common, and how the graduation rates of PLUS institutions compare to others. The report also contemplates whether PLUS receiving institutions are making or have made an effort to keep tuition prices under control.

article | May 21, 2014 | Postsecondary National Policy Institute

Is It Still Worth Going to College?

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A recent Economic Letter from the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco examines the value of attending college by comparing annual earnings of college graduates with earnings of individuals with only a high school diploma. The letter concludes that college is, in fact, “worth it”, considering that for the average student, tuition costs can be recouped by age 40 and lifetime earnings for a four-year degree are roughly $800,000 more than for nongraduates.

article | May 15, 2014 | Postsecondary National Policy Institute

What We Know About Accelerated Developmental Education

A recent Economic Letter from the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco examines the value of attending college by comparing annual earnings of college graduates with earnings of individuals with only a high school diploma. The letter concludes that college is, in fact, “worth it”, considering that for the average student, tuition costs can be recouped by age 40 and lifetime earnings for a four-year degree are roughly $800,000 more than for nongraduates.

article | May 02, 2014 | Postsecondary National Policy Institute

The American Freshman: National Norms Fall 2013

The annual Freshmen survey, a report from the Cooperative Institutional Research Program at UCLA, recently released findings based on survey responses from over 165,000 first-time, full-time freshmen enrolled at over 200 four-year colleges. The report reveals that college cost and financial aid have become even more relevant in a student’s college choice process than ever before, though academic reputation and job prospects continue to rank as the top reasons a student chooses to attend a particular college.