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Author(s):Berger, J., and Motte, A
Title:Mind the access gap: Breaking down barriers to post-secondary education
Organization:Canada Millennium Scholarship Foundation
Short Description:this paper examines recent research results on barriers to post-secondary participation and observe that, in addition to financial issues, factors like academic ability, parental influence and poor information play a role in shaping the educational pathways that young adults follow.
Annotation:While many of Canada’s youth are participating in higher education, there remain significant enrollment gaps based on socio-economic status. The Canada Millennium Scholarship Foundation’s Joseph Berger and Anne Motte examine recent research results on barriers to post-secondary participation and observe that, in addition to financial issues, factors like academic ability, parental influence and poor information play a role in shaping the educational pathways that young adults follow. They argue that there is no silver bullet to improve equitable access to post-secondary education, and that non-participation in post-secondary education is explained by interacting obstacles. To be successful, educational access policies ought to be integrated into a life-course perspective.
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College Access
Financial Aid, Affordability, Tuition, and Costs
International Perspectives
Low-Income Students

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We dream a world: The 2025 vision for black men and boys
Who wins? Who pays? The economic returns and costs of a Bachelor's degree
The undereducated American
New path to federal student aid for those with no high school diploma or GED
Making college more affordable: The president's plan to lower college tuition is a good first step but more can be done
Front and center: Critical choices for higher education
Trends in for-profit postsecondary education: Enrollment, prices, student aid and outcomes
Frequently asked questions about college costs
State financial aid: Policies to enhance articulation and transfer
Addressing student loan repayment burdens: Strengths and weaknesses of the current system
Lumina Foundation focus
On the road to college: Developing mobile and regional outreach services
The campus-based financial aid programs: A review and analysis of the allocation of funds to institutions and the distribution of aid to students
Who goes to preschool and why does it matter?
Postsecondary Education English Spanish Glossary
Quality, affordability and access: Americans speak on higher education
Midwest PERL: Postsecondary education resource library
Student debt and the class of 2006
Trends in student aid 2007
Access to success initiative
Balancing acts: How high school counselors view risks and opportunities of student loans
Wrestling rising costs with innovation
Opening the door to the American Dream: Increasing higher education access and success for immigrants
EFC (Expected Family Contribution) Formula Guide, 2010-11
Education watch California: Key facts and figures
Education Finance Council
How does the United States stack up? International comparisons of academic achievement
Indiana Latino Institute, Inc. Careers for the Future Scholarship 2009-2010
Council for Adult and Experiential Learning
StateVoucher.org (Education and Training Vouchers)
Financial aid pledges to reduce student debt (list of colleges and universities reducing or eliminating student loans for low-income families)
2007 Survey of parents of college-bound freshman
2007-08 Directory of colleges cooperating with the SAT program fee-waiver service
The impact of demographic changes on higher education
Workbook of state affordability rates 2004
Student debt and the class of 2005: Average debt by state, sector, and school
Doors of opportunity opening or closing: We are using tax credits and tuition discounts to appease middle-class voters instead of expanding educational opportunity
College affordability in jeopardy: The rising price of higher education
Destination university: A guide to college for students and their families (Spanish Version)
State higher education finance: FY 2003
NDSFA: Recommendations for improving federal aid delivery
Education watch Texas: Key education facts and figures 2006
Removing roadblocks to rigor: Linking academic and social supports to ensure college readiness and success
Moving beyond access: College success for low-income, first generation students
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
Parent expectations and planning for college: Statistical analysis report
Higher education: Tuition continues to rise, but patterns vary by institution type, enrollment, and educational expenditures
Adult learning in focus: Individual state profiles and downloadable data
Annotated bibliography: Adult learning in focus: National and state data report
Opening Doors project publications
American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian education in the states
Are teachers prepared for racially diverse schools? Teachers describe their preparation, resources, and practices for racially diverse schools
LearnMore Indiana Resource Center
Policy recommendations for reauthorization of NCLB and HEA
The economic impact of the achievement gap in America's schools
2007-08 National postsecondary student aid study (NPSAS:08): Student financial aid estimates for 2007-08
The impact of increases in Pell Grant awards on college-going among lower income youth: Results from a natural experiment
Rethinking the middleman: Federal student loan guarantee agencies
College-ready students, student-ready colleges: An agenda for improving degree completion in postsecondary education
Deciding on postsecondary education
Financial aid at California community colleges: Pell grants and fee waivers in 2003-04
BC AVID: Early implementation report
Maintenance of effort: An evolving federal-state policy approach to ensuring college affordability
The Millennium Foundation Bursary in Manitoba: Exploring Its impact
Ensuring success for returning veterans
The rise of college student borrowing
Unbundling youth, family, and community involvement in college access: On the ground in Austin, Texas
Open educational resources: Tools to help 21st century students achieve their postsecondary eduation goals and keep America competitive
Postsecondary education student outcomes vary at for-profit, non-profit, and public schools
Financial literacy at minority-serving institutions
Slip sliding away: An anxious public talks about today's economy and the American Dream
Framework for providing all students an opportunity to learn through reauthorization of the elementary and secondary education act
Developing 20/20 vision on the 2020 degree attainment goal: The threat of income based inequality in education
2008-09 Baccalaureate and beyond longitudinal study (B&B:08/09)
State tuition, fees, and financial assistance policies for public colleges and universities, 2010-11
Trends in the receipt of Pell Grants: Selected years 1995-96 to 2007-08
Trends in student aid 2010
Denied? The impact of student debt on the ability to buy a house
Cheap for whom? How much education costs taxpayers
Affordable at last: A new student loan system
Student debt and the class of 2011
Inseparable imperatives: Equity in education and the future of the American economy
Hiring and higher education: Business executives talk about the costs and benefits of college
Sending veterans to school: Fast facts on the post-9/11 GI Bill
Simplifying student aid: What it would mean for states
Military service members and veterans: A profile of those enrolled in undergraduate and graduate education in 2007-08
Top ten higher education policy issues for 2011
Why is college so expensive?
How America saves for college: 2010
Debt burden: Repaying student debt
Pell Grant recipients in selective colleges and universities
Correcting course: How we can restore the ideals of public higher education in a market-driven era
Closing the college participation gap: A national summary
GI bill: A reality check
Dual enrollment: Accelerating the transition to college
After Michigan, what? Next steps for affirmative action
Postsecondary education opportunity
Questions that matter: Setting the research agenda on access and success in postsecondary education
Hope works: Student use of education tax credits.
Policy for progress: Reaffirming California higher education accessibility, affordability, and accountability into the 21st century
Private scholarships count: Access to higher education and the critical role of the private sector
2003 Status report on the federal education loan programs
Keeping America's promise: A report on the future of the community college
Money on the table: State initiatives to improve financial aid participation
Update: State policies regarding in-state tuition for undocumented students
Reframing the student loan costing debate: The benefits of competition
Closing the gaps by 2015: The Texas higher education plan
Creating college opportunity for all: Prepared students and affordable colleges
Access and persistence: Summer 2005
Diversity and persistence in Indiana higher education: The impact of preparation, major choices, and financial aid
Education watch Washington: Key education facts and figures 2004
Education watch Washington: Key education facts and figures 2006
Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans Website and Secondary School Toolkit - Spanish Version
Characteristics of private student loan borrowers who do not use federal education loans
Higher education accountability for student learning
College access and tax credits
A scan of our changing environment, 2004 - 2005
Big questions, practical answers: New strategies for setting and moving a higher education agenda
Ready to assemble: A model state higher education accountability system
A brief history of veterans' education benefits and their value
Building a data sharing network of scholarship programs for alumni of foster care
Global Policy Fellows Program: Lessons learned
How America pays for college 2009: A national study by Gallup and Sallie Mae
And after high school? A pan-Canadian study of grade 12 students in French-language schools in minority settings: Educational aspirations and plans to pursue a career in their home regions -- Executive Summary
In pursuit of post-secondary education: Whether and when to go on
Changes in tuition policy: Natural policy experiments in five countries
Opportunities for efficiency and innovation: A primer on how to cut college costs
Linking costs and postsecondary degrees: Key issues for policymakers
Which students to serve? Universal or targeted eligibility for postsecondary opportunity programs
Analysis of preliminary FY2009 2-year cohort default rates
Top 10 higher education state policy issues for 2011
High hopes, big debts (class of 2008)
A portrait of low-income young adults in education
Paying for college: Students from middle-income backgrounds
Good policy, good practice II: Improving outcomes and productivity in higher education: A guide for policymakers
Gains and gaps: Changing inequality in U.S. college entry and completion
Federal Student Aid strategic plan: FY 2011-15
Does federal student aid raise tuition? New evidence on for-profit colleges
Protecting the federal investment in higher education: The gainful employment rule
Adding it all up: An early look at net price calculators
Community college students and grant aid: Bringing equity to the provision of grant aid by states and institutions
How America pays for college 2012
Trends in community college education: Enrollment, prices, student aid, and debt levels
Performance-based scholarships: Emerging findings from a national demonstration
Using data and inquiry to build equity-focused college-going cultures
College is affordable: A pilot study
State test score trends through 2008-09, Part 4: Is achievement improving and are gaps narrowing for Title 1 students?
Contending with financial inequality
Eliminating complexity and inconsistency in federal financial aid programs for higher education students: Towards a more strategic approach
NDSFA: Getting the most out of federal aid spending -- encouraging colleges and universities to promote the common good
NDSFA: State financial aid and college access
Hidden in plain sight: Adult learners forge a new tradition in higher education
Financial aid issues for students from low income families
Admission possible
Network news: Focus on finance policy, access, and affordability
Opening doors: Promoting student success in community college and beyond
Promising practices: School to career and postsecondary education for foster care youth
Education Commission of the States: Postsecondary Issues
Fixing the formula: A new approach to determining independent students' ability to pay for college
Boosters, brokers, and bridges: Real world ideas for college access programs
Education watch Texas: Key education facts and figures 2004
Postsecondary institutions in the United States: Fall 2004 and degrees and other awards conferred: 2003-04
Back to school: Federal student aid policy and adult college enrollment
Project stepping stone: A college preparation program for Hispanic youth
Twenty-first Century Scholars Program
Institutional grants and baccalaureate degree attainment
Delta project on postsecondary education costs, productivity, and accountability
Facts about college access and affordability
Transition matters: Community college to bachelor's degree
Measuring up 2008: Online state report cards
The Sallie Mae Fund
Trends in college pricing 2009
Cracking the books: Policy measures to contain textbook costs
The status of African Americans in engineering: Confronting the "new" American dilemma
Creating change one step at a time: Efforts to improve college access and success in Indiana
Adult learning in focus: National and state-by-state data
State policies to bring adult learning into focus
Counselors and Mentors Handbook on Federal Student Aid: A Guide for Those Helping Students Prepare for Postsecondary Education
Pathways to boosting the earnings of low-income students by increasing their educational attainment
Community college transfer and articulation policies: Looking beneath the surface
Community colleges: A route of upward economic mobility
FinAid: Income-based repayment
Enrollment in postsecondary institutions Fall 2008; graduation rates, 2002 and 2005 cohorts; and financial statistics, 2008
Breaking barriers: Plotting the path to academic success for school-age african-american males
A stronger nation through higher education: Why Americans must achieve a "big goal" for college attainment
Postsecondary educational trajectories of urban youth: Addressing vulnerabilities and barriers to enrollment and persistence
Standing on the shoulders of giants: An American agenda for education reform
College Savings Foundation
Repository of resources for undocumented students
School tracking and access to higher education among disadvantaged groups
Balancing passion and practicality: The role of debt and major on students' financial outcomes
Transforming the educational experience of young men of color: Companion workbook
Federal student loan interest rates: History, subsidies, and cost
Cohort default rates in context