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Author(s):De La Rosa, M.L. and Tierney, W.G
Title:Breaking through the barriers to college: Empowering low-income communities, schools, and families for college opportunity and student financial aid
Organization:Center for Higher Education Policy Analysis
Short Description:This report from the USC Center for Higher Education Policy Analysis (CHEPA) identifies six challenges facing low-income students and their families when applying for college and financial aid and strategies for overcoming them.
Annotation:This report from the USC Center for Higher Education Policy Analysis (CHEPA) identifies six challenges facing low-income students and their families when applying for college and financial aid and strategies for overcoming them. The challenges include: (1) Students make college decisions in part based on their perceptions of aid availability; (2) A high school's culture of preparation makes a difference in student's access to information about college and financial aid; (3) Students need accurate and timely information; (4) Group seminars on financial aid can be helpful, but cannot supplant one-on-one support; (5) Even after applying, students need sustained support; and (6) Parents also require information on college and aid.
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College and Career Planning (for Parents)
College and Career Planning (for Students)
Financial Aid, Affordability, Tuition, and Costs
Low-Income Students

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Pressure points in student financial assistance: Exploring the “Making Ends Meet” database
Is university education in Canada more affordable than in the United States?: A Review of the Argument Presented in The affordability of university education: A perspective from both sides of the 49th parallel
The impact of bursaries: Debt and student persistence in post-secondary education
Funding university education in Ontario: Ontario University applicant survey report
Report on the meta-analysis of post-secondary institutional graduate surveys
Post-secondary access and student financial aid in Canada: Current knowledge and research gaps
ACE Online Information Center
Latinos and education: Explaining the attainment gap
Getting with the program: Community college students need access to federal loans
Achieving the Dream Data Notes: Characteristics of students who stop out
Working learners: Educating our entire workforce for success in the 21st century
A clear and present danger to institutional and student success: A training model for embedding student loan default aversion within strategic enrollment management
The price of knowledge: Access and student finance in Canada -- Third edition
Parent and caregiver activities to create a college-going culture
Trends in student aid 2009
Community colleges as gateway and gatekeeper: Moving beyond the access "saga" to outcome equity
College readiness issue brief: Early commitment of financial aid: Individual development accounts (IDAs) for higher education
Higher education performance funding 2.0 - Funding degrees (tip sheet)
Benchmarks: WICHE Region 2009
Lowering student loan default rates: What one consortium of historically black institutions did to succeed
Indiana's guide to paying for college: Step-by-step tips to help high school seniors apply for financial aid
Squeeze play 2010: Continued public anxiety on cost, harsher judgements on how colleges are run
Promising practices: What works in the midwest: A report from the Wisconsin Center for the Advancement of Postsecondary Education (WISCAPE)
La Plaza's scholarship and financial aid guide for Latino's in Indiana - Fall 2009
La Plaza's scholarship and financial aid guide for Latino's in Indiana - Fall 2009 (Spanish language version)
Assessing the use and impact of ECMC Foundation's Realizing the College Dream curriculum
In-state tuition for undocumented immigrants: States' rights and educational opportunity
Voces (Voices): A profile of today's Latino college students
Tips for parents with high school teens: Countdown to college
Getting students to meet challenging academic and career goals: Involving school mentors, parents, and community leaders
Black college dollars: 2007-2008 Directory of scholarships for African-American students
Green lights and red tape: Improving access to financial aid at California's community colleges
The Sallie Mae Fund
2007-08 Directory of colleges cooperating with the SAT program fee-waiver service
2007 Guide to applying for financial aid and scholarships
Transfer access to elite colleges and universities in the United States: Threading the needle of the American dream
The study of economic, informational, and cultural barriers to community college student transfer access at selective institutions: National estimates of transfer access and baccalaureate degree attainment at four-year colleges and universities
Student charges and financial aid: 2006-07
State grant aid and it's effects on students' college choices
In-state tuition for undocumented immigrants
Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) Scholarship Program
GEAR UP Resources Clearinghouse Homepage
The connection strategy: Preparing young people to succeed in college and beyond
National Center for Learning Disabilities
Course-taking patterns and preparation for postsecondary education in California's public university systems among minority youth
What every college access practitioner should know about: Economic diversity in Indiana and U.S. colleges and universities
The growing imbalance: Recent trends in U.S. postsecondary education finance
Consider college now! A handbook for students in middle school and junior high school
Colleges and universities expand efforts to improve access and affordability
Project stepping stone: A college preparation program for Hispanic youth
Transfer students: Planning your successful college transfer
AB 540 is a change in the law: Higher education is now more affordable for California's immigrant students
Financial aid glossary: Some terms you may enounter on the road
Hidden in plain sight: Adult learners forge a new tradition in higher education
Costs, prices, and affordability
The (un)changing face of the Ivy League
Access to college: The role of tuition, financial aid, scholastic preparation and college supply in public college enrollments
Childcare and early childhood education: More information sharing and program review by HHS could enhance access for families with limited English proficiency
Straight from the source: What works for first-generation college students
The campus-based financial aid programs: A review and analysis of the allocation of funds to institutions and the distribution of aid to students
Federal student aid need analysis: Background and selected simplification issues
Income and financial aid effects on persistence and degree attainment in public colleges
Student debt: Bigger and bigger
Going to the source: A practical way to simplify the FAFSA
Financing graduate education: A guide for prospective students
Education watch Alabama: Key education facts and figures 2006
Alabama: Featured facts from the SREB Fact Book on higher education
Education watch Florida: Key education facts and figures 2004
Education watch Florida: Key education facts and figures 2006
Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans Website and Secondary School Toolkit - Spanish Version
Mission: Possible!
College: Making It Happen
Opening doors to earning credentials: Impressions of community college access and retention from low-wage workers
Post-secondary education options for low-income students
Policy recommendations for reauthorization of NCLB and HEA
Break down the bill: What's it going to cost?
Who should we help? The negative social consequences of merit aid scholarships
Debt burden: Repaying student debt
The role of finances in the persistence process.: A structural model
Unequal opportunity: Disparities in college access among the 50 states
The access challenge: Rethinking the causes of the new inequality
Policy for progress: Reaffirming California higher education accessibility, affordability, and accountability into the 21st century
Getting ready to pay for college: What students and their parents know about the cost of college tuition and what they are doing to find out
State financial aid: Policies to enhance articulation and transfer
Basic facts about in-state tuition for undocumented immigrant students
An overview of higher education in the United States: Diversity, access, and the role of the marketplace
Education as crime prevention: Reinstating Pell Grant eligibility for the incarcerated
How Latino students pay for college: Patterns of financial aid in 2003-04
2006-2007 NASFAA financial aid night and counselor's materials
A step toward college success: Assessing attainment among Indiana's Twenty-first Century Scholars
What students pay for college: Changes in net price of college attendance between 1992-93 and 1999-2000
The ABC's of early awareness: A resource guide and toolkit for helping students achieve a higher education
With diploma in hand: Hispanic high school seniors talk about their future
Lumina Foundation focus: Dreams detoured: Rising college costs alter plans and threaten futures
Fixing the formula: A new approach to determining independent students' ability to pay for college
Working their way through college: Student employment and its impact on the college experience
Diversity and persistence in Indiana higher education: The impact of preparation, major choices, and financial aid
Access and persistence: Fall 2005
Life after high school: Young people talk about their hopes and prospects
NDSFA: The financial aid partnership
College access: From the inside out
California trends in student aid: 1994-95 to 2003-04
NDSFA: Fundamental assumptions and aims underlying the principles of federal financial aid to students
Federal student aid for counselors
Postsecondary Education English Spanish Glossary
Financial aid issues for students from low income families
Lottery funded merit scholarships: Some lessons from the Florida Bright Futures Scholarship program
Recession, retrenchment, and recovery: State higher education funding and student financial aid volume II
Trip to college
Indiana family college savings program
Profiles of Indiana and US colleges and universities
College Board online college planning resources
American higher education: How does it measure up for the twenty-first century
Federal financial aid
Mapping your future
Grants for students: What they do, why they work
Turning college and career planning into family communication
Promise abandoned: How policy choices and institutional practices restrict college opportunity
Measuring up 2006
Cashing in on the GI bill
Publications by Sean-Michael Green
GI bill education benefits
GI bill: A reality check
Debunking the myth
Education: Solving the GI bill mystery
National association of state approving agencies
Documenting the shift to merit
Evaluation summary: Montgomery GI bill program, Montgomery GI bill - selected reserve program, survivors' and dependents' educational assistance program
GI blues
The Montgomery GI bill: Less than meets the eye
Mortgaging our future: How financial barriers to college undercut America's global competitiveness
Scholarship Help
FinAid! financial aid website
Project on student debt.org
Financial aid and postsecondary opportunity for nontraditional age pre-college students: The roles of information and education delivery systems
Taxing matters
Early college cost estimator
FINAID - Family Contribution Estimator
Sallie Mae financial aid calculators
College choice website
College Prep 101
The Princeton Review
Talbot's student planning book
U Links
Family affiliation scholarships
Learn More financial aid information
College Planning Network
Internet inequalities: Financial aid, the internet, and low-income students
Merit aid and college access
Institutional grants and baccalaureate degree attainment
Midwest PERL: Postsecondary education resource library
Dealing with debt: 1992-93 bachelor's degree recipients 10 years later
College Compass
The Education Network college planning site
Federal requirements for homeschoolers seeking college admission and financial aid
Study of the effect of the Talent Search program on secondary and postsecondary outcomes in Florida, Indiana and Texas
National Urban League Scholarships
Catching the Dream
American Indian Education Foundation: Tools for success scholarship handbook
The money manual: A personal finance guide from the Hispanic Scholarship Fund
No way out: Student loans, financial distress, and the need for policy reform
Critical postsecondary education issues in Indiana
Grappling with the access problem
NDSFA: Recommendations for improving federal aid delivery
Creating college opportunity for all: Prepared students and affordable colleges
State of decline? Gaps in college access and achievement call for renewed commitment to educating Californians
Engines of inequality: Diminishing equity in the nation's premier public universities
Reclaiming the American dream
A test of leadership: Charting the future of U.S. higher education
American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian education in the states
Diversity, school, family, and community connections
The seventh generation: Native students speak about finding the good path
Position paper on the reauthorization of higher education act
Higher education for undocumented students: The case for open admission and in-state tuition rates for students without lawful immigration status
The Navigator
Education Planner
Educational needs index
Global debt patterns: An international comparison of student loan burdens and repayment conditions
The impact of demographic changes on higher education
Persistence among first-generation college students in Indiana: The impact of precollege preparation, college experiences, and financial aid
State higher education finance: FY 2003
Student aid and tax benefits: Better research and guidance will facilitate comparison of effectiveness and student use
The affordability of university education: A perspective from both sides of the 49th parallel
Undocumented immigrant students: A very brief overview of access to higher education in California
Questions that matter: Setting the research agenda on access and success in postsecondary education
Transitions to college: From theory to practice
USA Funds
Thinking college early
A closer look at the President's proposal for changes in student assistance
Financial aid and scholarships for undocumented students
Reorienting the HEA reauthorization to reflect what research-based knowledge says about what works
Private loans and choice in financing higher education
Equal access to postsecondary education? The case of undocumented immigrant students
Policies in sync: Appropriations, tuition, and financial aid in higher education
Financing higher education
2003-04 National postsecondary student aid study: Undergraduate financial aid estimates for 2003-04 by type of institution
College access in Indiana and the United States: A 2005 status report
The policy of choice: Expanding student options in higher education
What we know about access and success in postsecondary education: Informing Lumina Foundation's strategic direction
It’s all relative: The role of parents in college financing and enrollment
Access for all? Debating in-state tuition for undocumented alien students
Held back: How student aid programs fail working adults
Network news: Focus on finance policy, access, and affordability
College affordability in jeopardy: The rising price of higher education
The burden of borrowing: A report on the rising rates of student debt
2003 status report on the Pell grant program
What's at stake? The social and economic benefits of higher education
Losing ground: A national status report on the affordability of American higher education
Hope works: Student use of education tax credits.
College readiness begins in middle school
Indiana’s postsecondary indicators: 2004 performance and descriptive indicators
The student aid gauntlet: Making access to college simple and certain
Debts and decisions: Student loans and their relationship to graduate school and career choice
Informing public policy: Financial aid and student persistence
Is college right for your child?: How to weigh the pros and cons
Federal student financial aid: A national profile of programs in Title IV of the higher education act
California policy options to accelerate Latino success in higher education
Fact book bulletin: Latest data confirms a college affordability gap for students from middle- and lower-income families
A report on the status of Hispanics in education: Overcoming a history of neglect
Ethnic Minority and Women's Enhancement Postgraduate Scholarship for careers in athletics
Addressing the needs of adult learners
Adventures in Education - High School (English and Spanish Versions)
Adventures in Education - Middle School (English and Spanish Versions)
College Planning Resources
Digest of Education Statistics
Back to school: Federal student aid policy and adult college enrollment
Opening Doors project publications
Reaching Higher: Strategic Directions for Higher Education in Indiana
Guia de programas federales de ayuda estudiantil 2007-2008 (The guide to federal student aid)
Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans Website and Secondary School Toolkit - English
Fund Your Future: Student Financial Aid Workbook
Guide for parents in the college admission process
College is possible: A guide for undocumented students
The College Dream: A Guide for Parents
Breaking the cycle of poverty starts with learning
Helping families finance college: Improved student loan disclosures and counseling
Return on investment: Educational choices and demographic change in California's future
Closing the gaps by 2015: The Texas higher education plan
Creating options 2007: Financial aid for individuals with disabilities
Federal Student Aid (FSA)
School and parent interaction by household language and poverty status: 2002–03
Federal Pell Grants: Implications of increasing the maximum reward
Consolidation loans: Redesign options and considerations
Student debt and the class of 2005: Average debt by state, sector, and school
Parents are too optimistic about scholarships
The debt explosion among college graduates
Pre-K and Latinos: The foundation for America's future
Building pathways to success for low-skill adult students: Lessons for community college policy and practice from a longitudinal student tracking study
Looking to the future: Volunatary K-12 school integration
Thinking outside the box: Policy strategies for readiness, access, and success
Promoting a systematic focus on learning supports to address barriers to learning and teaching
Helping students make good decisions and act on them: The real meaning of guidance and advisement
Opening the door to the American Dream: Increasing higher education access and success for immigrants
A multi-institution analysis of the effects of campus-based financial aid on student persistence at public four-year institutions
Educational vouchers for universal preschools
Keeping America's promise: A report on the future of the community college
U.S. student and adult performance on international assessments of educational achievement
Frequently asked questions
Don't get scammed on your way to college!
How do I pay for college?
12 Ways adult students can pay for college
Cómo pagar por sus estudios universitarios (Financial aid guide)
Education Finance Council
Breaking through: Factsheet
The costs and benefits of an excellent education for all of America's children
Higher education: Tuition continues to rise, but patterns vary by institution type, enrollment, and educational expenditures
Reaching higher with accountability (working paper)
National evaluation of GEAR UP: A summary of the first two years
What every college access practitioner should know: About sources of funding and other support
Connecting schools, families, and communities: Stories and results from the Annie E. Casey Foundation's education investments
Race matters: Unequal opportunities in education
Back to College (Back2College)
The learning communities demonstration: Rationale, sites, and research design
Beyond access: Explaining socioeconomic differences in college transfer
Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarship Program
Financial aid myths
Center for Law and Social Policy
Toward a national workforce education and training policy
Education watch Alabama: Key education facts and figures 2004
Higher education accountability for student learning
Renewing the promise: The public universities in a transforming world
Educational programs and projects that address the needs of low-income students
What community college management practices are effective in promoting student success? A study of high- and low-impact institutions
Fifty states of achieving the dream: State policies to enhance access to community colleges across the United States
LearnMore Indiana 2006-07 report: Results of Indiana's career and college information survey of students in grades 9 and 11
Understanding Latino parental involvement in education: Perceptions, expectations, and recommendations
Establishing an effective guidance and advisement system
Are private high schools better academically than public high schools?
Beyond myths: The growth and diversity of Asian American college freshmen: 1971-2005
National Council of La Raza
Gates Millenium Scholars Program
Adventures in education: For college students
Adventures in education: For parents
College View
Promoting academic momentum at community colleges: Challenges and opportunities
Indiana Chafee Education and Training Voucher (ETV) Program
A parent handbook for career development
Are teachers prepared for racially diverse schools? Teachers describe their preparation, resources, and practices for racially diverse schools
Financial aid pledges to reduce student debt (list of colleges and universities reducing or eliminating student loans for low-income families)
Top 50 Colleges for African Americans
Best Business Schools
Tips for parents with middle school teens: Countdown to college
College bound? Don't get hooked by misleading financial aid offers
Best practices in statewide articulation and transfer systems
A penny saved is mobility earned: Advancing economic mobility through savings
Expanded learning: Making it work for high school students
Current challenges and opportunities in preparing rural high school students for success in college and careers: What federal policymakers need to know
The educational crisis facing young men of color: Reflections on four days of dialogue on the educational challenges of minority males
FY 2011 budget proposal: Thoughts and recommendations for increasing college access and success
Promising practices: What works in the Midwest: New approaches to improving college access, persistence, and success: Three exemplary postsecondary opportunity programs
Paying for college: Students from middle-income backgrounds
Can I get a little advice here? How an overstretched high school guidance system is undermining students' college aspirations
Family factors and student outcomes
Promoting a comprehensive approach to educational opportunity: A pilot inventory of education-related federal programs for children and youth
College InSight
Raising their voices: Engaging students, teachers, and parents to help end the dropout epidemic
High school dropouts and the economic losses from juvenile crime in California
Enrollment in postsecondary institutions Fall 2008; graduation rates, 2002 and 2005 cohorts; and financial statistics, 2008
Student loan forgiveness programs: An evolving workforce development tool
Between two worlds: How young Latinos come of age in America
The facts: Postsecondary access and success
Metrics for improving cost accountability
Insuring college failure risk
Measuring the Effectiveness of Student Assistance (MESA) -- Annual Report 2007
Foundations for success: Short-term impacts report
The 2008 amendments to the Higher Education Act: Are we on the right track?
Access to Medical Education in Canada: Do Differing Tuition Regimes Affect Access and Career Choice?
Educational Policy Improvement Center
Military service members and veterans in higher education: What the new GI Bill may mean for postsecondary institutions
Stronger department of education oversight needed to help ensure only eligible students receive federal student aid
An analysis of section 529 college savings and prepaid tuition plans
The critical role of financial aid for first-time/full-time students enrolling at rural-serving community colleges
Why stop after high school?: A descriptive analysis of the most important reasons that high school graduates do not continue to PSE
The College Place
Off to College.com
Easing the middle-class burden: An Examination of the implications of reducing parental contributions to post-secondary study
The Canadian student financial aid system: The case for modernization
The Millennium Bursary in British Columbia: Exploring its impact: Summary report (2004)
Building a data sharing network of scholarship programs for alumni of foster care
College access and success state data
Noncredit enrollment in workforce education: State policies and community college practices
Black Alliance for Educational Options
NASFAA's cash for college
"Careers for the future" education program
Making the dream a reality: Action steps for states to prepare all students for college and career
The Condition of Latinos in education: 2008 Factbook
Science bound program (for Indianapolis public school students)
Creating a high school culture of college-going: The case of Washington State Achievers
Institutions with approved programs for veterans to receive educational benefits
The case for more attention to financial assistance for adult learners in Indiana who will need to seek Bachelor's degree completion at a distance
Pathways to boosting the earnings of low-income students by increasing their educational attainment
CAPE Network: Universal Encouragement Program (UEP) Guidance Assessments
Impact of college rankings on institutional decision making: Four country case studies
The public realities of private student loans
Cost, commitment, and attainment in higher education: An international comparison
Bringing off-track youth into the center of high school reform: Lessons and tools from leading communities
Guiding the way to higher education: Step by step to college workshops for students curriculum (middle school, early high school, late high school)
How much are college students borrowing?
A plan for success: Communities of color define policy priorities for high school reform
National Association for College Admission Counseling: Statement of prinicples of good practice
Ensuring equal opportunity in public education: How local school district funding policies hurt disadvantaged students and what federal policy can do about it
Postsecondary education spending priorities for the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009
Community college transfer and articulation policies: Looking beneath the surface
Reaching higher: Strategic initiatives for higher education in Indiana (Updated 2010 Version)
Indiana's Cash for College
Understanding costs of credit-based transition programs in Indiana
A blueprint for reform: The reauthorization of the elementary and secondary education act
College and career ready graduation: Strengthening the Elementary and Secondary Education Act
Tuition-setting authority and deregulation at state colleges and universities
The breaking through practice guide
Interview with Anthony P. Carnevale
Maintenance of effort: An evolving federal-state policy approach to ensuring college affordability
Foster youth who have succeeded in higher education: Common themes
Hispanics, high school dropouts, and the GED
Welfare reform and intergenerational mobility
The evaluation of charter school impacts: Final report
FloridaCAN! Empowering communities to work alongside our schools for student success
Federal higher education policy priorities and the Asian American and Pacific Islander community
The economic benefits of reducing the dropout rate among students of color in the nation's largest metropolitan areas
Pay scale: Which colleges are worth your investment (college cost comparison tool)
Improving education through collaboration: A case study of the Long Beach seamless education partnership
Southern Regional Education Board: Moving Ahead: State progress reports on Challenge to Lead goals
Partnerships that promote success: Lessons from the evaluation of the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation's Community College Transfer Initiative
Postsecondary educational trajectories of urban youth: Addressing vulnerabilities and barriers to enrollment and persistence
For-profit colleges: Undercover testing finds colleges encouraged fraud and engaged in deceptive and questionable marketing practices
Online learning: Does it help low-income and underprepared students?
Reauthorizing ESEA: Considerations for dropout prevention and recovery
Meeting the challenge: The role of school leaders in turning around the lowest-performing high schools
An analysis of inquiry, nonstart and drop reasons in nontraditional university student populations
State tuition, fees, and financial assistance policies for public colleges and universities, 2010-11
Building roads to success: Key considerations for communities and states reconnecting youth to education
Tuition fees and student financial assistance: 2010 Global year in review
Scholarships for students regardless of immigration status: 2009-2010
The (un)productivity of American higher education: From cost "dis-ease"to cost effectiveness
Ensuring success for returning veterans
The social life of college information: Relationships and experiences as tools for enhancing college decision making
College choice process of Latino undocumented students: Implications for recruitment and retention
How increasing college access is increasing inequality, and what to do about it
Web tables - trends in undergraduate stafford loan borrowing: 1989-90 to 2007-08
Extending foster care to age 21: Weighing the costs to government against the benefits to youth
Federal Student Aid strategic plan: FY 2011-15
The impact of loan repayment rates on minority students
State test score trends through 2008-09, Part 3: Student achievement at 8th grade
Get with the program: Accelerating community college students' entry into and completion of programs of study
Trends in student aid 2010
Creating opportunities in health care: The community college role in workforce partnerships
Presidential leadership for public policy: A special report by the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education
School tracking and access to higher education among disadvantaged groups
State policies regarding undocumented college students: A narrative of unresolved issues, ongoing debate and missed opportunities
Across the great divide: Perspectives of CEOs and college presidents on America's higher education and skills gap
Trends in student financing of undergraduate education: Selected years, 1995-96 to 2007-08
Beyond basic skills: State strategies to connect low-skilled students to an employer-valued postsecondary education
Delinquency: The untold story of student loan borrowing
Buying college: What consumers need to know
Maximizing the promise of community schools: Streamlining wraparound services for ESEA
Still denied: How community colleges shortchange students by not offering federal loans
Analysis of preliminary FY2009 2-year cohort default rates
New path to federal student aid for those with no high school diploma or GED
On our way: Educational toolkit for families (A program instructional guide)
A guide for Hispanic parents: How to help your child prepare for college and career
Getting through: Higher education's plan to increase the college completion rates of Boston public schools graduates
Federal education tax benefits: Who receives them and to what extent do they shape the price of college attendance?
Net tuition and net price trends in the United States: 2000-2009
College application week: A toolkit for increasing access to higher education
Hidalgo early college district toolkit
State Policies Affecting the “Adult Re-Entry Pipeline” in Postsecondary Education: Results of a Fifty-State Inventory
Trends in college pricing 2011
Certificates: Gateway to gainful employment and college degrees
Simplifying student aid: What it would mean for states
Beyond need and merit: Strengthening state grant programs
MPI updates national and state level estimates of potential DREAM Act beneficiaries
NOSCA's eight components of college and career readiness counseling: Elementary school counselor's guide
Denied? The impact of student debt on the ability to buy a house
Balancing passion and practicality: The role of debt and major on students' financial outcomes: Executive Summary
How America pays for college 2012
"I came in unsure of everything": Community college shifts in students' confidence
College Greenlight
The stealth inequities of school funding: How state and local school finance systems perpetuate inequitable school spending
One dream, two realities: Perspectives of parents on America's high schools
Paying for college: Cost comparison worksheet
Closing the door, increasing the gap: Who's not going to (community) college?
Building pathways to transfer: Community colleges that break the chain of failure for students of color
The best of two worlds: Lessons from a community college-community organization collaboration to increase student success
Degreeless in debt: What happens to borrowers who drop out
Grading student loans
Survey of state tuition, fees, and financial assistance policies for public colleges and universities: 2010-11
2011 Year in review: Global changes in tuition fee policies and student assistance
Chartering equity: Using charter school legislation and policy to advance equal educational opportunity
How America pays for college 2011
Dramatically bringing down the cost of education with OER: How open education resources unlock the door to free learning
Prison vs. Princeton
Jobs, jobs, jobs: Challenges community colleges face to reach the unemployed
Black male student success in higher education: A report from the national black male college achievement study
Striving for student success: A model of shared accountability
Cohort default rates in context
Community College Consortium for Immigrant Education
The role of tuition, financial aid policies, and student outcomes on average student debt
Autonomy and innovation: Systemic change in a decentralized state
Using incentives to change how teenagers spend their time: The effects of New York City's conditional cash transfer program
The limited career prospects for high school graduates without additional education and training
Ahead of the curve: State success in the developmental education initiative
Profile of 2007-08 first-time bachelor's degree recipients in 2009
The missing "one-offs": The hidden supply of high achieving, low-income students
Forging new pathways: The impact of the breaking through initiative in michigan
National and regional accreditation information
Feed the Pig Financial Planning for College
Four Cornerstones of Financial Literacy Curriculum
Men of color: A role for policymakers in improving the status of black male students in U.S. higher education
Inseparable imperatives: Equity in education and the future of the American economy
Information and college access: Evidence from a randomized field experiment
From capacity to success: HSIs and Latino student success through Title V
Portable, stackable credentials: A new education model for industry-specific career pathways
High standards help struggling students: New evidence
Preventing abuse in federal student aid: Community college practices
The impacts of state performance funding systems on higher education institutions: Research literature review and policy implications
Equity scorecard: A process for building institutional capacity to educate young men of color
Hearing on non-traditional students
Pathways to success: Integrating learning with life and work to increase national college completion
Achieving results through community school partnerships: How districts and community leaders are building effective, sustainable relationships
Positive student outcomes in community schools: Providing services that meet the many needs of students and parents
High debt, low information: A survey of student loan borrowers
BigFuture: By the College Board
Tuition and Fees in the West 2011-12
Completion matters: The high cost of low community college graduation rates
Student learning plans: Supporting every student's transition to college and career
The widening academic achievement gap between the rich and the poor: New evidence and possible explanations
Pathways through graduate school and into careers
Housing costs, zoning, and access to high quality schools
One in seven: Ranking youth disconnection in the 25 largest metro areas
Freshman transition initiatives: Long term and comprehensive
Regardless of the cost, college still matters
Student debt and the class of 2011
Private student loans
GraduateTutor.com: Your scholarship directory
The student loan default trap: Why borrowers default and what can be done
Students with disabilities: Better federal coordination could lessen challenges in transition from high school
Opportunities suspended: The disparate impact of disciplinary exclusion from school
The state of Latinos in the United States: Although the growing population has experienced marked success, barriers remain
Grandparents investing in grandchildren: The Metlife study on how grandparents share their time, values, and money
42nd Annual survey report on state sponsored student financial aid
Transforming the educational experience of young men of color: Companion workbook
Increasing college and career readiness through dual enrollment: Research, policies, and effective practices
Weighing the evidence: A conversation with community college presidents on using research to support student success outcomes
Postsecondary institutions and price of attendance in 2011-12, degrees and other awards conferred: 2010-11, and 12-month enrollment: 2010-11
Financial awareness counseling
Student voices on the higher education pathway: Preliminary insights & stakeholder engagement concerns
The effect of housing wealth on college choice: Evidence from the housing boom
Workforce Investment Act reauthorization may move youth development field back a decade: Analysis of H.R. 4297 through a youth advocacy lens
It's a matter of time: Low-income students and community colleges
Survey of income and program participation data on educational attainment
Easing the transition from combat to classroom: Preserving America's investment in higher education for military veterans through institutional assessment
An analysis of learning outcomes of underrepresented students at urban institutions
Driving K-12 reform through a college-access and success agenda
Finding your workforce: The top 25 institutions graduating Latinos in health professions and related programs by academic level
The expansion of private loans in postsecondary education
Getting ready for college: An implementation and early impacts study of eight Texas developmental summer bridge programs
Cheap for whom? How much education costs taxpayers
Increasing teacher diversity: Strategies to improve the teacher workforce
State test score trends through 2008-09, Part 4: Is achievement improving and are gaps narrowing for Title 1 students?
Can applying to more colleges increase enrollment rates?
The state of young America: Economic barriers to the American dream
Strong support, low awareness: Public perception of the common core state standards
Career clusters: Forecasting demand for high school through college jobs 2008-2018
College Search Database.com
Find the best colleges for you: Focus on information that matters (English and Spanish Versions)
Single mothers and college success: Charting paths out of poverty
Strategies for success in career development: The career coach curriculum guide
Testing the impact of Higher Achivement's year-round out-of-school-time program on academic outcomes
Summer snapshot: Exploring the impact of higher achievement's year-round out-of-school time program on summer learning
Successful school-community partnerships: Using lessons learned from practice and research to expand learning
Five ways education pays initiative
Top ten higher education policy issues for 2011
The price of poverty in big time college sport
A green career pathways framework: Postsecondary and employment success for low-income, disconnected youth
Transforming the rural south: A roadmap to improving rural education
Farther, faster: Six promising programs show how career pathway bridges help basic skills students earn credentials that matter
Designing common assessments to be measures of college and career readiness: Challenges and opportunities
One year out: Findings from a national survey among members of the high school graduating class of 2010
The common core state standards: Implications for higher education in the west
Unlocking doors and expanding opportunity: Moving beyond the limiting reality of college and career readiness in California high schools
41st annual survey report on state-sponsored student financial aid: 2009-2010 Academic year
A guide for African-American parents: How to help your child prepare for college and career
Turning points: A case study of family literacy-Community college partnerships
Family literacy: A valuable gateway to postsecondary education
Promoting full-time attendance among adults in community college: Early impacts from the performance-based scholarship demonstration in New York
The false promise of class-size reduction
Overlooked and underpaid: How Title 1 shortchanges high schools, and what ESEA can do about it
The high school longitudinal study of 2009: A first look at Fall 2009 ninth graders
Reawakening the dream deferred: Can comprehensive intervention programs increase college awareness among at-risk students?
Developing 20/20 vision on the 2020 degree attainment goal: The threat of income based inequality in education
Affirming the goal: Is college and career readiness an internationally competitive standard?
Five ways ed pays (Spanish language version)
Teacher voices: Immigration, language and culture
How students are making it: Perspectives on getting through college from recent graduates of the Boston Public Schools (Full Report)
How students are making it: Perspectives on getting through college from recent graduates of the Boston Public Schools (Short Version)
Stepping stones: Principal career paths and school outcomes
Institutional variation in credential completion: Evidence from Washington State Community and Technical colleges
Who wins? Who pays? The economic returns and costs of a Bachelor's degree
Is college worth it? College presidents, public assess value, quality and mission of higher education
High expectations and strong supports yield postsecondary success
Early college graduates: Adapting, thriving, and leading in college
Trends in for-profit postsecondary education: Enrollment, prices, student aid and outcomes
Postsecondary and labor force transitions among public high school career and technical education participants
Shut out of the military: Today's high school education doesn't mean you're ready for today's army
Driving innovation: How six states are organizing to improve outcomes in developmental education
Postsecondary expectations and plans for the high school senior class of 2003-04
Doing more with less: The inequitable funding of community colleges
No time to waste: Policy recommendations for increasing college completion
Is school funding fair? A national report card
The return on the federal investment in for-profit education: Debt without a diploma
A call for change: The social and eductational factors contributing to the outcomes of black males in urban schools
Class differences: Online education in the United States, 2010
Strengthening college opportunity and performance: Federal, state and institutional leadership
What is the price of college? Total, net, and out of pocket prices in 2007-08
A new vision to increase the academic achievement for English language learners and immigrant students
Top 10 higher education state policy issues for 2011
When opportunity knocks, who answers? New evidence on college achievement awards
Community colleges and higher education: How do state transfer and articulation policies impact student pathways?
Can transfer and articulation policies propel communtiy college students to a bachelor's degree-and is that the only goal?
The advanced placement program benefits mainly well-prepared students who pass AP exams
Experiencing integration in Louisville: How parents and students see the gains and challenges
Slip sliding away: An anxious public talks about today's economy and the American Dream
A sharper focus on technical workers: How to educate and train for the global economy
International Education Financial Aid: International Financial Aid and College Scholarship Search
Investing in education and equity: Our nation's best future
Distinct subgroups of former foster youth during young adulthood: Implications for policy and practice
New approaches to improving college access, persistence, and success: Three exemplary postsecondary opportunity programs
Collaborating to create change: How El Paso Community College improved the readiness of its incoming students through Achieving the Dream
Online learning: Addressing challenges and seizing opportunities
Effective college access, persistence and completion programs and strategies for underrepresented student populations: Opportunities for scaling up
The opportunity illusion: Subsidized housing and failing schools in California
Beyond the rhetoric: Improving college readiness through coherent state policy
Community College 2.0
Federal School Code List
High hopes, big debts (class of 2008)
The impact of "going green" on the Latino community
What educators should learn from ER
Putting students ahead of private banks: Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibily Act (SAFRA) myths-facts
The foreclosure generation: The long-term impact of the foreclosure crisis on Latino children and families
Income Based Repayment Calculator
Career and college planning needs of ninth graders: As reported by ninth graders
State higher education finance: Early release FY 2008
2007-08 National postsecondary student aid study (NPSAS:08): Student financial aid estimates for 2007-08
Official cohort default rates for schools
Realizing the promise: How state policy can support alternative certification programs
Teacher turnover, tenure policies, and the distribution of teacher quality: Can high-poverty schools catch a break?
Connext Postsecondary Assessment System
Center for College Affordability and Productivity
Global Policy Fellows Program: Lessons learned
Public institution and university system financial conditions survey
Graduating America: Meeting the challenge of low-graduation rate high schools
National Alliance for Public Charter Schools
Breakthrough Collaborative
National opportunity to learn campaign: State data and analysis
Characteristics of private student loan borrowers who do not use federal education loans
Moving beyond access: College success for low-income, first generation students
Removing roadblocks to rigor: Linking academic and social supports to ensure college readiness and success
College portrait of undergraduate education (search and comparison tool for participating college and universities by state)
The Everyone Graduates Center
US Department of Veterans Affairs: Yellow Ribbon Program
The 2008 Brown Center report on American education: How well are American students learning
The misplaced math student: Lost in eighth-grade Algebra
Trends in college spending: Where does the money come from? Where does it go?
Enrollment in postsecondary institutions, Fall 2006; Graduation rates, 2000 and 2003 cohorts; and financial statistics, Fiscal Year 2006
The future of middle-skill jobs
Indiana Secondary Market for Education Loans (ISM Loans)
Ready to succeed: Changing systems to give California's foster children the opportunities they deserve to be ready for and succeed in school
Montgomery GI bill - active duty
Indiana Next: A guide to life after high school
Admissions in the 21st Century
Better together: Realigning pre-college skills development programs to achieve greater academic success for adult learners
Measuring up 2008: Online state report cards
Rewarding persistence: Effects of a performance-based scholarship program for low-income parents
Dedicated funding for higher education: Alternatives for tough economic times
Bridges to opportunity for underprepared adults: A state policy guide for community college leaders
College tools for schools
Essential elements of engagement: High expectations and high support
Loan forgivness for public service employees
UpwardBound Math-Science: STEM education that works
Searchable English-Spanish glossary
State policies on student transitions: Results of a 50-state inventory
Beyond social justice: The threat of inequality to workforce development in the Western United States
Gateway to College
YouthBuild USA
The poor and the rich: A look at economic stratification and academic performance among undergraduate students in the United States
Community colleges under stress
Supporting success: Improving higher education outcomes for students from foster care—A framework for program enhancement: Version 2.0
Remission of fees (free tuition) for the child(ren) of a disabled veteran
The 2003 Ontario College Applicant Survey
Canadian college student finances: Third edition (2005)
A new kind of student aid: Creating, implementing and assessing the Millennium Access Bursaries
Report on student debt: Canadian college student survey and Canadian undergraduate survey consortium
eCampusTours.com: Paying for College
No time to lose: Why America needs an education amendment to the US Constitution to improve public education
Student Financial Survey: Baseline Results (2001)
Canadian college student finances: Second edition
Making ends meet: The 2001–2002 student financial survey
The role of guidance in post-secondary planning
Deciding about post-secondary education: Hearing the voices of non-attendees
Loan forgiveness for public service employees
More guidance, better results? Three-year effects of an enhanced student services program at two community colleges
Improving lives: State and federal programs for low-income adults (searchable database)
Do Perceptions Matter Regarding the Costs and Benefits of a Post-Secondary Education?
The class of 2003 high school follow-up survey
Postsecondary institutions and price of attendance in the United States: Fall 2008 and degrees and other awards conferred: 2007-08, and 12-month enrollment 2007-08
Foundations for success: Early implementation report
Trends in college pricing 2009
Transfer access from community colleges and the distribution of elite higher education
The economic benefits from halving Indianapolis's dropout rate: A boon to regional business
Bridging the gaps to success: Promising practices for promoting transfer among low-income and first generation students: An in-depth study of six exemplary community colleges in Texas
Federal Student Aid at a Glance
Federal Student Aid at a Glance (Spanish language version)
Federal Student Aid: Grant Programs Factsheet
Federal Student Aid: Grant Programs Factsheet (Spanish language version)
Academic Competitiveness Grant and National SMART Grant
Academic Competitiveness Grant and National SMART Grant (Spanish language version)
Federal Student Aid: Loan Programs Factsheet
Federal Student Aid: Loan Programs Factsheet (Spanish language version)
How Your Financial Aid Administrator Can Help You
How Your Financial Aid Administrator Can Help You (Spanish language version)
The promise of proficiency: How college proficiency information can help high schools drive student success
Strong students, strong workers: Models for student success through workforce development and community college partnerships
Achieving the Dream Equity Resource Center
Putting the customer first in college: Why we need an office of consumer protection in higher education
Higher Education Price Index (HEPI)
Paying for college: Distinguishing between cost and price
Time to Completion Web Site
Baccalaureate success of transfers and rising four-year college juniors
Federal Student Aid Data Center
It's about time: Temporal dimensions of college preparation programs
College readiness for all: The challenge for urban high schools
New York City's Strategy for Improving High Schools: An Overview
Policies paved the way: Early college innovation in North Carolina
False fronts? Behind higher education's voluntary accountability systems
Special populations: Tips for completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
High school policy reform: A plan for success (California)
Midwest Student Exchange Program (MSEP)
Enhancing student services at Owens Community College: Early results from the Opening Doors demonstration in Ohio
Transitioning out of high school: A quick stats fact sheet
No Child Left Behind: What's in it for parents (Spanish Language Version)
Adding it up: State challenges for increasing college access and success
College Board scholarship search
Still looking to the future: Voluntary K-12 student integration: A manual for parents, educators, and advocates
Feeling the Florida heat? How low-performing schools respond to voucher and accountability pressure
The challenges of change: Learning from the child care and early education experiences of immigrant families
Education longitudinal study of 2002 (ELS:2002): A first look at the initial postsecondary experiences of the high school Sophomore class of 2002
The postsecondary achievement of participants in dual enrollment: An analysis of student outcomes in two states
Student debt and the class of 2006
Families forgotten: Administration’s priorities put child care low on list
Beyond the open door: Increasing student success in the California community colleges
Frequently asked questions about college access and success
Head Start participants, programs, families, and staff in 2005
Child care assistance in 2004: States have fewer funds for child care
Improving educational attainment through extensive postsecondary encouragement services
Asian Pacific Islander American Students and U.S. high schools
Postsecondary success begins with high school preparation
Strengthening state adult education policies for low-skilled workers
Leveraging postsecondary partners to build a college-going culture: Tools for high school-postsecondary partnerships
Research brief: Practices that support data use in urban high schools
Sticker shock quiz: How much does college really cost?
Engaged for success: Service-learning as a tool for high school dropout prevention
Financial Literacy for You (FLY)
Gates Millennium Scholars Scholarships
Girls Going Places Entrepreneurship Award Program
On ramp to college: A state policymaker's guide to dual enrollment
Reach higher, America: Overcoming crisis inthe U. S. workforce
State higher education finance: 2007
Given half a chance: The Schott 50 state report on public education and black males
Education and training for TANF recipients: Opportunities and challenges under the final rule
Crafting a new vision for high school: How states can join academic and technical studies to promote more powerful learning
Scholarships for Hispanics
Counselors and Mentors Handbook on Federal Student Aid: A Guide for Those Helping Students Prepare for Postsecondary Education
Transition matters: Community college to bachelor's degree
Opening doors to postsecondary education and training: Planning for life after high school
Education Finance Council (EFC)'s financial literacy homepage
Adult learning focused institution (ALFI) initiative
Financial aid FAQ (frequently asked questions)
Financial aid and scholarship information for undocumented students
Hispanic Scholarship Fund: Frequently asked questions
MALDEF Federal education rights pamphlet (spanish version)
Scholarship guide
Building bridges to college and careers: Contextualized basic skills programs at community colleges
Serving adult learners in higher education: Principles of effectiveness
Frequently asked questions about college costs
Financial aid letter.com
Expanding learning time in high schools
Improving high-school-to-college transition through leadership and governance
Money on the table: State initiatives to improve financial aid participation
Update: State policies regarding in-state tuition for undocumented students
Low income student scholarships
Improving educational opportunties for students who work
Returning to our roots: Student access
Lost learning, forgotten promises: A national analysis of school racial segregation, student achievement, and "controlled choice" plans
Qualified teachers for at-risk schools: A national imperative
Successful bilingual schools: Six effective programs in California
Charter high schools: Closing the achievement gap
Promoting school readiness through universal preschool
Early childhood education: Investing in quality makes sense
Breaking barriers: A case study of two high performing high schools
Undergraduate students and credit cards 2004: An analysis of usage rates and trends
2006-07 Washington state tuition and fee report
Funding your graduate education: Sources of information
Federal student aid: Graduate and professional studies
Guidance and career counselor's toolkit: Advising high school students with disabilities on postsecondary options
A postsecondary resource guide for students with psychiatric disabilities
Students with disabilities and access to community college: Continuing issues and new directions
Institutional Student Profiles Fall 2006 for the State of Alabama
From cradle to career: Connecting American education from birth through adulthood; California state report
The Student Guide
Top 10 tips for college admissions and financial aid
Choosing Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs): A closer look at Latino students college choices
Financing asset building and financial education programs for youth transitioning out of foster care
Chicago Public Schools Department of Postsecondary Education
My College Options
Developing your vision while attending college
The growing importance of inherited educational opportunity
Adult learners in higher education: Barriers to success and strategies to improve results
Funding higher education for adult students
Setting students' sights on college: Chicago public schools
Using PLAN to identify student readiness for advanced courses in high school
Tips for finding a college match: Characteristics your child should consider
Pell Grant recipients in selective colleges and universities
State merit scholarship programs and racial inequality
College knowledge: What Latino parents need to know and why they don't know it
Under-prepared community college students: Implications of attitudinal and experiential differences
Higher education act: Reauthorization status and issues
Private scholarships count: Access to higher education and the critical role of the private sector
ACT policy report: Schools involving parents in early postsecondary planning
Building a career pathways system: Promising practices in community college-centered workforce development
Global higher education rankings: Affordability and accessibility in comparative perspective
No merit in these scholarships
Higher education reform: Incorporating the needs of foster youth
Postsecondary education opportunity
Indiana higher education opportunity data book
Bridging the gap: Academic preparation and postsecondary success of first generation students
Course corrections: Experts offer solutions to the college cost crisis
Reframing the student loan costing debate: The benefits of competition
Financial aid resources
Categorical financial aid resources
Financial aid estimators and calculators
Indiana dollars for scholars
Investing in America's future: Why student aid pays off for society and individuals
Student financial aid: Need determination could be enhanced through improvements in education's estimate of applicants state tax payments
Student financing of graduate and first professional education: 1999-2000
What colleges contribute: Institutional aid to full-time undergraduates attending four-year colleges and universities
Accounting for state student aid: How state policy and student aid connect
Addressing student loan repayment burdens: Strengths and weaknesses of the current system
The student debt dilemma: Debt aversion as a barrier to college access
Workbook of state affordability rates 2004
Federal student loan debt:1993-2004
Breaking through: Helping low-skilled adults enter and succeed in college and careers
Postsecondary institutions in the United States: Fall 2004 and degrees and other awards conferred: 2003-04
Independent undergraduates: 1999-2000
Creating options 2006: Financial aid opportunities for individuals with disabilities
Lumina Foundation focus
Indiana project on academic success: Retention Bibliography
Kiplinger's 100 best values in public colleges
Literature review: Intervention methods and programs for pre-college entry for disadvantaged students
Parent power and urban school reform: The story of Mothers on the Move
2003-04 National postsecondary student aid study: Undergraduate financial aid estimates for twelve states
Eliminating complexity and inconsistency in federal financial aid programs for higher education students: Towards a more strategic approach
NDSFA: State financial aid and college access
NDSFA: Getting the most out of federal aid spending -- encouraging colleges and universities to promote the common good
College access, financial aid, and college success for undergraduates from foster care
High school counselors handbook 2004-05
Doors of opportunity opening or closing: We are using tax credits and tuition discounts to appease middle-class voters instead of expanding educational opportunity
Quality, affordability and access: Americans speak on higher education
Graduating with debt: The biggest threat to young American's financial well-being?
Alliance Bernstein College Savings Crunch
College on credit: How borrowers perceive their education debt
Cutting interest rates, lowering student loan debt: An analysis of the congressional proposal to cut student loan interest rates in half
Unintended admission consequences of federal aid for homeschoolers
State tuition, fees, and financial assistance policies for public colleges and universities, 2005-06
Reflections on college access and persistence
National football league high school website: Academics
American Indian college fund
The feasibility of delivering aid for college through the tax system
Financial aid for Native American students
Opening doors: Promoting student success in community college and beyond
The future of private loans: Who is borrowing and why?
E-Guidance counselor college planning site
Sallie Mae: College answer
State Student Assistance Commission of Indiana
College Board Calculators
ACT financial aid need estimator
General financial aid resources
College Goal Sunday
What community college practices and policies are effective in promoting student success: A study of high- and low-impact institutions
The impact of advice on price: Evidence from research
Characteristics of undergraduate borrowers: 1999-2000
Perceptions of college financial aid among California Latino youth
Supporting parent, family, and community involvement in your school
Contending with financial inequality
An assessment of recent proposals to improve the Montgomery GI bill
The Citigroup college planning guide: Every New York City student can go to college
Income contingent repayment plan
Vital voices: Building constituencies for public school reform