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Author(s):General Accounting Office (GAO)
Title:Recent changes to eligibility requirements and additional efforts to promote awareness could increase Academic Competitiveness and SMART Grant participation
Organization:General Accounting Office (GAO)
Short Description:The Academic Competitiveness (AC) and National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent (SMART) Grants provide merit-based financial aid to certain low-income college students eligible for Federal Pell Grants and are administered by the Department of Education (Education). In the first year of implementation, participation was lower than expected. This study analyses potential reasons for and solutions to the lack of participation.
Annotation:The Academic Competitiveness (AC) and National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent (SMART) Grants provide merit-based financial aid to certain low-income college students eligible for Federal Pell Grants and are administered by the Department of Education (Education). In the first year of implementation, participation was lower than expected. GAO was asked to determine (1) factors affecting AC and SMART Grant student participation; (2) challenges colleges face in administering the grant programs; and (3) the extent to which Education has assisted states and colleges with implementation. To address these objectives, GAO analyzed data on AC, SMART, and Pell Grants, and interviewed officials from Education and 12 state education agencies, administrators from 42 selected colleges, and several national associations. What GAO Recommends
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Financial Aid, Affordability, Tuition, and Costs
Low-Income Students
Merit-based Aid
Pell Grants

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The (un)productivity of American higher education: From cost "dis-ease"to cost effectiveness
What is the price of college? Total, net, and out of pocket prices in 2007-08
Class differences: Online education in the United States, 2010
Tapping HSI-STEM funds to improve Latina and Latino Access to STEM professions
Winning by degrees: The strategies of highly productive higher-education institutions
Proposed legislative changes to the post-9/11 GI Bill: Potential implications for veterans and colleges
Achieving the dream data notes: Outcomes of first-year persisting students
Web tables - trends in undergraduate stafford loan borrowing: 1989-90 to 2007-08
Benefitting whom? For-profit education companies and the growth of military educational benefits
Introduction to the Community College Research Center (CCRC) assessment of evidence series
Divided we fail in LA: Improving completion and closing racial gaps in the Los Angeles community college district
Getting what we pay for: State community college funding strategies that benefit low-income, lower-skilled students
Ensuring success for returning veterans
NASSGAP 40th annual survey report on state-sponsored student financial aid: 2008-2009 academic year
Southern Regional Education Board: Moving Ahead: State progress reports on Challenge to Lead goals
Extending foster care to age 21: Weighing the costs to government against the benefits to youth
The black-white achievement gap: When progress stopped
Trends in college spending: 1998-2008: Where does the money come from? Where does it go? What does it buy?
How America saves for college: 2010
Cost perceptions and college-going for low-income students
How youth plan to fund college
"The State of College Savings Survey" finds parent confidence crashing as they rely on loans, shift debt burden to their children
Postsecondary education and training as we know it is not enough: Why we need to leaven postsecondary strategy with more attention to employment policy, social policy, and career and technical education in high school
Getting ready for college: Financial concerns and preparation among the high school senior class of 2003-04
Restructuring 'restructuring': Improving interventions for low-performing schools and districts
Best practices in statewide articulation and transfer systems
Federal Student Aid: Grant Programs Factsheet
Federal Student Aid: Grant Programs Factsheet (Spanish language version)
Federal student aid for incarcerated individuals
Federal student aid for incarcerated individuals (Spanish language version)
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)
Calculating cost-return for investments in students success
Communities of color: A critical perspective in the Common Standards movement
False fronts? Behind higher education's voluntary accountability systems
The American Freshman: National norms for Fall 2009
Rising to the challenge: Hispanic college graduation rates as a national priority
This school works for me: Creating choices to boost student achievement: An implementation guide for school district administrators
The high cost of low educational performance: The long-run economic impact of improving PISA outcomes
Top gainers: Some public four-year colleges and universities make big improvements in minority graduation rates
Return on educational investment: A district-by-district evaluation of U.S. educational productivity
Turning around the nation's lowest performing schools: Five steps districts can take to improve their chances of success
Service members in school: Military veterans' experiences using the post-9/11 GI Bill and pursuing postsecondary education
State tuition, fees, and financial assistance policies for public colleges and universities, 2010-11
Buying college: What consumers need to know
School tracking and access to higher education among disadvantaged groups
The transition to adulthood: How states can support older youth in foster care
Linking costs and postsecondary degrees: Key issues for policymakers
Reawakening the dream deferred: Can comprehensive intervention programs increase college awareness among at-risk students?
Presidential leadership for public policy: A special report by the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education
How four-year colleges and universities organize themselves to promote student persistence: The emerging national picture
Adding it all up: An early look at net price calculators
Trends in college pricing 2010
Trends in for-profit postsecondary education: Enrollment, prices, student aid and outcomes
Forward thinking teens: The effects of college costs on adolescent risky behavior
Promising practices supporting low-income, first-generation students at DeVry University
Still denied: How community colleges shortchange students by not offering federal loans
State test score trends through 2008-09, Part 4: Is achievement improving and are gaps narrowing for Title 1 students?
Trends in Chicago's schools across three eras of reform: Full report
Higher education: Use of new data could help improve oversight of distance education
Testing the impact of Higher Achievement's year-round out-of-school time program on academic outcomes
Hearing on non-traditional students
Gains and gaps: Changing inequality in U.S. college entry and completion
Challenging success: Can college degree completion be increased as states cut budgets?
Cheap for whom? How much education costs taxpayers
Affordable at last: A new student loan system
The expansion of private loans in postsecondary education
Up for grabs: The gains and prospects of first- and second generation young adults
High school longitudinal study of 2009: A first look at fall 2009 ninth-graders parents', teachers, school counselors, and school administrators
Underserved students who earn credit through prior learning assessment have higher degree completion rates and shorter time-to-degree
The common core state standards: Implications for higher education in the west
College Savings Foundation: 2011 Survey of parents
Bringing business analytics to the college campus: Using fiscal metrics to steer innovation in postsecondary educations
Innovation at scale: How Virginia community colleges are collaborating to improve developmental education and increase student success
Providing effective financial aid assistance to students from foster care and unaccompanied homeless youth: A key to higher education access and success: Version 2.0
The role of community-based organizations in the college access and success movement
Tuition and fees in public higher education in the west: 2012-2013 Detailed tuition and fees table
Ahead of the curve: State success in the developmental education initiative
Preventing abuse in federal student aid: Community college practices
Employees in postsecondary institutions, fall 2011 and student financial aid, academic year 2010-11 - first look
Getting ready for success: Bridging the gap between high school and college in Tacoma, Washington
Denied? The impact of student debt on the ability to buy a house
Making loans work: How community colleges support responsible borrowing
Keeping the promise of opportunity: Redesigning financial aid to support post-secondary completion among low-income young adults
NASSGAP - National Association of State Student Grant & Aid Programs: State data quick check
Debt, jobs, diversity and who gets in: A survey of admissions directors
Regardless of the cost, college still matters
Student debt and the class of 2011
Easing the transition from combat to classroom: Preserving America's investment in higher education for military veterans through institutional assessment
Sending veterans to school: Fast facts on the post-9/11 GI Bill
Financial Aid Shopping Sheet
Is college affordable? In search of a meaningful definition
Consumer guide to changes in Federal Pell grants and student loans for 2012-13
The College Keys Compact: Getting into college: Postsecondary academic undermatch
Transforming the educational experience of young men of color
Leaders & laggards: A state-by-state report card on public postsecondary education
MPI updates national and state level estimates of potential DREAM Act beneficiaries
2012 Education appropriations guide
Lightening the load: A look at four ways that community schools can support effective teaching
Dramatically bringing down the cost of education with OER: How open education resources unlock the door to free learning
What explains trends in labor supply among U.S. undergraduates, 1970-2009?
No DREAMers left behind: The economic potential of DREAM Act beneficiaries
The impacts of state performance funding systems on higher education institutions: Research literature review and policy implications
Degreeless in debt: What happens to borrowers who drop out
How America pays for college 2011
Grading student loans
On the road to college: Developing mobile and regional outreach services
National Center for College Costs
A research agenda for the study of the effects of borrowing and the prospects of indebtedness on students' college-going choices
A test of leadership: Charting the future of U.S. higher education
How do financial aid policies affect colleges? The institutional impact of the Georgia HOPE scholarship
Do merit scholarships promote college access? Evidence from two states
National football league high school website: Academics
Promising practices: School to career and postsecondary education for foster care youth
American Indian higher education consortium
Trends in college pricing 2006
State of decline? Gaps in college access and achievement call for renewed commitment to educating Californians
Measuring up 2006 state report card on education: Indiana
Need versus merit: Focusing student financial aid for diversity
Financial aid issues for students from low income families
Creating college opportunity for all: Prepared students and affordable colleges
Quality, affordability and access: Americans speak on higher education
Pathways to and through college: Linking policy with research and practice
NDSFA: Recommendations for improving federal aid delivery
NDSFA: The financial aid partnership
NSLDS student access: National sudent loan data system
Project on student debt.org
Characteristics of undergraduate borrowers: 1999-2000
Grappling with the access problem
GI bill: A reality check
Benefits of a high school core curriculum
What every student should know about federal aid
Going to the source: A practical way to simplify the FAFSA
College on credit: How borrowers perceive their education debt
Hitting home: Quality, cost, and access challenges confronting higher education today
National Urban League Scholarships
American Indian Education Foundation: Tools for success scholarship handbook
Sallie Mae: First in my family scholarship
Destination university: A guide to college for students and their families (Spanish Version)
Childcare and early childhood education: More information sharing and program review by HHS could enhance access for families with limited English proficiency
Thinking outside the box: Policy strategies for readiness, access, and success
Money on the table: State initiatives to improve financial aid participation
Balancing acts: How high school counselors view risks and opportunities of student loans
California policy options to accelerate Latino success in higher education
Council for Adult and Experiential Learning
Mounting pressures facing the U.S. workforce and the increasing need for adult education and literacy
Lumina Foundation focus: Barrier busters: Community colleges and their students embrace challenges
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
Global debt patterns: An international comparison of student loan burdens and repayment conditions
Bridging the gap: Academic preparation and postsecondary success of first generation students
Correcting course: How we can restore the ideals of public higher education in a market-driven era
Financial aid and postsecondary opportunity for nontraditional age pre-college students: The roles of information and education delivery systems
Taxing matters
Dealing with debt: 1992-93 bachelor's degree recipients 10 years later
Twenty-first Century Scholars Program
Making college affordable: A work-book on financial aid, loans, and scholarships for college-bound students and their families
Making college affordable: A work-book on financial aid, loans, and scholarships for college-bound students and their families (Spanish version)
More on affordability: Response to Tom Mortenson
Workbook of state affordability rates 2004
Trends in student aid 2005
Advisory committee on student financial assistance
College completion: Additional efforts could help education with its completion goals
U.S. Department of Education: The Hope Scholarship and Lifetime Learning Credit
How families of low- and middle-income undergraduates pay for college: Full-time dependent students in 1999-2000
Student financing of undergraduate education: 1999-2000
State financial aid: Policies to enhance articulation and transfer
An overview of higher education in the United States: Diversity, access, and the role of the marketplace
Changes in Pell grant utilization at Indiana Title IV institutions from 1992 to 2003
Collision course: Rising college costs threaten America’s future and require shared solutions
Affordability of postsecondary education: Equity and adequacy across the 50 states
Global higher education rankings: Affordability and accessibility in comparative perspective
The ABC's of early awareness: A resource guide and toolkit for helping students achieve a higher education
The affordability of university education: A perspective from both sides of the 49th parallel
The role of student loans in college access
State merit scholarship programs and racial inequality
Socioeconomic status, race/ethnicity, and selective college admissions
Rhetoric and reality: Effects and consequences of the HOPE scholarship
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
College affordability in jeopardy: The rising price of higher education
FinAid: Income-based repayment
Achieving the Dream Data Notes: Characteristics of students who stop out
Raising rigor, getting results: Lessons learned from AP expansion
Getting with the program: Community college students need access to federal loans
Foundations for success: Short-term impacts report
The millennium bursary in New Brunswick: Impact on debt and persistence
A family affair: The impact of paying for college or university
Pressure points in student financial assistance: Exploring the “Making Ends Meet” database
Canadian college student finances
Report on the meta-analysis of post-secondary institutional graduate surveys
Metrics for improving cost accountability
Canadian college student finances: Second edition
Higher education success among historically marginalized males
Assets and liabilities, educational expectations, and children's college degree attainment
ACE Online Information Center
Providing effective financial aid assistance to students from foster care and unaccompanied homeless youth
State and community-based promise programs: Early commitments of financial aid for college
Report on student debt: Canadian college student survey and Canadian undergraduate survey consortium
The impact of bursaries: Debt and student persistence in post-secondary education
The class of 2003 high school follow-up survey
What does a college degree cost? Comparing approaches to measuring "cost per degree"
Learning and assessment: Trends in undergraduate education
Outcomes of high impact practices for underserved students: A review of the literature
Young lives on hold: The college dreams of undocumented students
Squeeze play 2009: The public's views on college costs today
Federal student aid's oversight and monitoring of guaranty agencies, lenders, and servicers needs improvement
The 2008 Brown Center report on American education: How well are American students learning
Setting up success in developmental education: How state policy can help community colleges improve student success outcomes
Moving beyond access: College success for low-income, first generation students
Characteristics of private student loan borrowers who do not use federal education loans
2007-08 National postsecondary student aid study (NPSAS:08): Student financial aid estimates for 2007-08
The feasibility of streamlining aid for college through the tax system
Barriers to college attainment: Lessons from Chicago
Community colleges: A route of upward economic mobility
National Association for College Admission Counseling: Statement of prinicples of good practice
State higher education finance: Early release FY 2008
Tuition equity legislation: Investing in Colorado high school graduates through equal opportunity to postsecondary education
Rewarding persistence: Effects of a performance-based scholarship program for low-income parents
An overview of tax benefits for higher education expenses
Career and technical education in the United States: 1990-2005
College access and success state data
The poor and the rich: A look at economic stratification and academic performance among undergraduate students in the United States
Urban school counseling: Implications for practice and training
Federal access policies and higher education for working adults
Student aversion to borrowing: Who borrows and who doesn't
Student loans: Avoiding deceptive offers
Parent and student guide to federal tax benefits for tuition and fees for tax year 2007
NASFAA's cash for college
Transition matters: Community college to bachelor's degree
Facts about college access and affordability
Reaching higher with affordability (working paper)
Strategic directions in Indiana education
Early intervention programs: Opening the doors to higher education
The impacts of regular Upward Bound: Results from the third follow-up data collection
Starting right: A first look at engaging entering students
38th Annual survey report on state-sponsored student financial aid: 2006-2007 Academic year
A matter of trust: Ten key insights from recent public opinion research on attitudes about education among Hispanic parents
What every college access practitioner should know: About sources of funding and other support
In-state tuition for undocumented immigrants
Gates Millennium Scholars Scholarships
Financial aid pledges to reduce student debt (list of colleges and universities reducing or eliminating student loans for low-income families)
Trends in student aid 2007
2006-2007 National directory of scholarships, internships, and fellowships for Latino youth
2007 Survey of parents of college-bound freshman
Gates Millenium Scholars Program
New Hampshire's multi-tiered approach to dropout prevention
Percent receiving federal financial aid and average amount per recipient
Texas public universities' data and performance report: Part A
Education watch Alabama: Key education facts and figures 2004
Addressing the needs of adult learners
College Access: Indiana
Student debt and the class of 2006
Project on student debt: State by state data
Fact book bulletin: Latest data confirms a college affordability gap for students from middle- and lower-income families
Fifty states of achieving the dream: State policies to enhance access to community colleges across the United States
Higher education accountability for student learning
In-state tuition for undocumented immigrants: States' rights and educational opportunity
Student loans and public accountability
The global state of higher education and the rise of private finance
Are private high schools better academically than public high schools?
The postsecondary achievement of participants in dual enrollment: An analysis of student outcomes in two states
Beyond myths: The growth and diversity of Asian American college freshmen: 1971-2005
Trends in college pricing 2007
Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans Website and Secondary School Toolkit - Spanish Version
Financing asset building and financial education programs for youth transitioning out of foster care
Graduate education: The backbone of American competitiveness and innovation
Alfred P. Sloan Foundation graduate scholarship program
Federal Student Aid (FSA)
National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA)
Education watch Indiana: Key education facts and figures 2006
Helping families finance college: Improved student loan disclosures and counseling
Transfer access to elite colleges and universities in the United States: Threading the needle of the American dream
Frequently asked questions about college access and success
Cashing in or cashing out: Tools for measuring the effectiveness and outcomes of financial aid events
Characteristics of minority-serving institutions and minority undergraduates enrolled in these institutions
College Board scholarship search
Feeling the Florida heat? How low-performing schools respond to voucher and accountability pressure
Remediation in the community college: An evaluator's perspective
Indiana Chafee Education and Training Voucher (ETV) Program
Green lights and red tape: Improving access to financial aid at California's community colleges
Best Business Schools
Recent participation in formal learning among working-age adults with different levels of education
Are teachers prepared for racially diverse schools? Teachers describe their preparation, resources, and practices for racially diverse schools
Reaching higher with accountability (working paper)
Cramming: The effects of school accountability on college-bound students
Education Finance Council
Overcoming obstacles, optimizing opportunities: State policies to increase postsecondary attainment for low-skilled adults
Raising graduation rates in an era of high standards: Five commitments for state action
Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarship Program
National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering (NACME) Scholarships
The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans
United Negro College Fund (UNCF) Scholarships
For the benefit of all: Ensuring immigrant health and well-being
Counselors and Mentors Handbook on Federal Student Aid: A Guide for Those Helping Students Prepare for Postsecondary Education
National study of student support services. Third-year longitudinal study results and program implementation study update
Adult learning in focus: Individual state profiles and downloadable data
Delta project on postsecondary education costs, productivity, and accountability
Student debt and the class of 2007
Funding education beyond high school: The guide to federal student aid 2009-10
Financial aid consultants and scholarship search services fact sheet
Measuring up 2008: Online state report cards
The impact of the mortgage crisis on children
Big questions, practical answers: New strategies for setting and moving a higher education agenda
Ready to assemble: A model state higher education accountability system
Status and trends in the education of American Indians and Alaska Natives: 2008
English-Spanish glossary of student financial aid and postsecondary education
Voice of adult learners united to educate (VALUE)
Bridges to opportunity for underprepared adults: A state policy guide for community college leaders
Trends in college spending: Where does the money come from? Where does it go?
A brief history of veterans' education benefits and their value
Science bound program (for Indianapolis public school students)
Postsecondary education spending priorities for the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009
Cultivating generative connections, commitment, and engagement among campus constituencies: A practice brief based on BEAMS project outcomes
Action required: Addressing the nation's lowest performing high schools
Race to the top: Promising approaches to assisting the lowest-performing schools
Campus commons? What faculty, financial officers, and others think about controlling college costs
Education watch 2009
Funding education beyond high school: The guide to federal student aid 2009-10 (Spanish language version)
Short sighted: How America's lack of attention to international education studies impedes improvement
Quick facts about financial aid and community colleges, 2007-08
Promoting economic mobility by increasing postsecondary education
The nation's report card: 2007 At a glance
A plan for success: Communities of color define policy priorities for high school reform
Issue tables: A profile of military service members and veterans enrolled in postsecondary education in 2007-08
Cost, commitment, and attainment in higher education: An international comparison
Center for College Affordability and Productivity
The public realities of private student loans
The Canadian student financial aid system: The case for modernization
Investing in their future: A survey of student and parental support for learning
Parental transfers, student achievement, and the labor supply of college students
Benchmarks: WICHE Region 2009
The price of knowledge 2004: Access and student finance in Canada
Making ends meet: The 2001–2002 student financial survey
Student Financial Survey: Baseline Results (2001)
Why stop after high school?: A descriptive analysis of the most important reasons that high school graduates do not continue to PSE
Post-secondary access and student financial aid in Canada: Current knowledge and research gaps
Does money matter? II
Do Perceptions Matter Regarding the Costs and Benefits of a Post-Secondary Education?
Access to Medical Education in Canada: Do Differing Tuition Regimes Affect Access and Career Choice?
Immigrant parents' investments in their children's post-secondary education
Ten Things you need to know about financial support for post-secondary students in Canada
Promoting partnerships for student success: Lessons from the SSPIRE Initiative
An analysis of section 529 college savings and prepaid tuition plans
Loan forgiveness for public service employees
The American high school graduation rate: Trends and levels
A clear and present danger to institutional and student success: A training model for embedding student loan default aversion within strategic enrollment management
Economic and noneconomic outcomes for GED credential recipients
Responding to the crisis in college opportunity
How is school reform tied to increasing college access and success for low income and minority youth
College access in Indiana and the United States: A 2005 status report
The burden of borrowing: A report on the rising rates of student debt
High school academic preparation and postsecondary progress
Dual enrollment: Accelerating the transition to college
Debt burden: Repaying student debt
Hope works: Student use of education tax credits.
Debt burden: A comparison of 1992-93 and 1999-2000 bachelor's degree recipients a year after graduating
Accounting for state student aid: How state policy and student aid connect
Financing higher education
Basic facts about in-state tuition for undocumented immigrant students
Equal access to postsecondary education? The case of undocumented immigrant students
In state tuition for undocumented immigrants
Reorienting the HEA reauthorization to reflect what research-based knowledge says about what works
Private loans and choice in financing higher education
A guide to establishing community-based college access centers
Student financing of graduate and first professional education: 1999-2000
2003 Status report on the federal education loan programs
Student aid and postsecondary tax preferences: Limited research exists on the effectiveness of tools to assist students and families through Title IV student aid and tax preferences
2006-2007 NASFAA financial aid night and counselor's materials
Reframing the student loan costing debate: The benefits of competition
Indiana higher education opportunity data book
Questions that matter: Setting the research agenda on access and success in postsecondary education
Transitions to college: From theory to practice
The governance divide: A report on a four-state study on improving college readiness and success
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
Higher education for undocumented students: The case for open admission and in-state tuition rates for students without lawful immigration status
Student financing of undergraduate education 2003-04, with a special analysis of the net price of attendance and federal education tax benefits
The impact of information and student aid on persistence: A review of research and discussion of experiments
Federal student loan debt:1993-2004
Fixing the formula: A new approach to determining independent students' ability to pay for college
Access and persistence: Fall 2005
Opening Doors project publications
Demography is not destiny: Increasing the graduation rates of low-income college students at large public universities
College access and tax credits
A scan of our changing environment, 2004 - 2005
Financial aid FAQ (frequently asked questions)
Financial aid glossary: Some terms you may enounter on the road
Scholarship guide
Financial aid and scholarship information for undocumented students
Hispanic Scholarship Fund: Frequently asked questions
Paying for college: A brief look at student financial aid programs
Low income student scholarships
AB 540 is a change in the law: Higher education is now more affordable for California's immigrant students
Addressing America's dropout challenge: State efforts to boost graduation rates require federal support
Feasibility of a student unit record system within the integrated postsecondary education data system
Hidden in plain sight: Adult learners forge a new tradition in higher education
Serving adult learners in higher education: Principles of effectiveness
Costs, prices, and affordability
Profile of undergraduates in U.S. postsecondary education institutions: 2003-04, With a special analysis of community college students
The economic promise of investing in high-quality preschool: Using early education to improve economic growth and the fiscal sustainability of states and the nation
Closing educational achievement gaps for Latino/a students in Utah
The money manual: A personal finance guide from the Hispanic Scholarship Fund
Catching the Dream
Moving on: State policies to address academic brain drain in the South
Graduating with debt: The biggest threat to young American's financial well-being?
Increasing academic rigor in high schools: Stakeholder perspectives
Career development in context: Selected trends in education, economics, labor, and society
The promise and practice of employer educational assistance programs: 2004 State of the field strategies and trends
The campus-based financial aid programs: A review and analysis of the allocation of funds to institutions and the distribution of aid to students
Critical postsecondary education issues in Indiana
High school counselors handbook 2004-05
Minority teacher/special education services scholarship
NIH loan repayment programs
GI blues
Closing the college participation gap: A national summary
Doors of opportunity opening or closing: We are using tax credits and tuition discounts to appease middle-class voters instead of expanding educational opportunity
Changes in patterns of prices and financial aid
Federal requirements for homeschoolers seeking college admission and financial aid
Unintended admission consequences of federal aid for homeschoolers
Study of the effect of the Talent Search program on secondary and postsecondary outcomes in Florida, Indiana and Texas
Beyond NCLB: Fulfilling the promise to our nation's children
Failing grades? American families and their college savings efforts
Richard Stockton College Community of Scholars
Early commitment financial aid programs - Do they increase college access?
The college and financial aid guide for: AB540 undocumented immigrant students
High hopes, big debts
The federal government and the student aid partnership
College access: From the inside out
Placing college graduation rates in context: How 4-Year college graduation rates vary with selectivity and the size of low-income enrollment
Survey of state tuition, fees, and financial assistance policies for public colleges and universities: 2010-11
High debt, low information: A survey of student loan borrowers
Do high stakes placement exams predict college success?
The widening academic achievement gap between the rich and the poor: New evidence and possible explanations
Rethinking higher education business models: Steps toward a disruptive innovation approach to understanding and improving higher education outcomes
Race to the top: What have we learned from the states so far? A state-by-state evaluation of Race to the Top performance
Off the clock: What more time can (and can't) do for school turnarounds
The educational experience of young men of color: A review of research, pathways and progress
Closing the door, increasing the gap: Who's not going to (community) college?
The arts and achievement in at-risk youth: Findings from four longitudinal studies
Measuring efficiency in the community college sector
2012 State of the state addresses: Governors' top education issues
The Adult Education and Economic Growth Act: Toward a modern adult education system and a more educated workforce
Financial literacy at minority-serving institutions
What can we learn from law school? Legal education reflects issues found in all of higher education
Sealing the gaps: Supporting low-income, first-generation students at four-year institutions in Texas post-transfer
EFC Formula, 2012-13
Waiving away high school graduation rate accountability?
Prison vs. Princeton
The long-term impacts of teachers: Teacher value-added and student outcomes in adulthood
Making college more affordable: The president's plan to lower college tuition is a good first step but more can be done
Education and the economy: The economic benefits of helping high school dropouts earn both high school diplomas and college degrees
Federal student loan interest rates: History, subsidies, and cost
Preparing for change: A national perspective on common core state standards implementation planning
NAEP Science 2011 State Snapshot Reports
New Americans in postsecondary education: A profile of immigrant and second-generation American undergraduates
2012 Household financial planning survey
Diverse charter schools: Can racial and socioeconomic integration promote better outcomes for students?
Growing proportion of children in poverty means more education challenges
Young, underemployed, and optimistic: Coming of age, slowly, in a tough economy
Using state policies to ensure effective assessment and placement in postsecondary education
Finding your workforce: The top 25 institutions graduating Latinos in health professions and related programs by academic level
Reforming the state's transfer progress on senate bill 1440
A better affirmative action: State universities that created alternatives to racial preferences
Challenge the status quo: Academic success among school-age African-American males
Lost without a map: A survey about students' experiences navigating the financial aid process
The student debt crisis
Autonomy and innovation: Systemic change in a decentralized state
The limited career prospects for high school graduates without additional education and training
Bridging the gap: An impact study of eight developmental summer bridge programs in Texas
Finding your workforce: The top 25 institutions graduating Latinos in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) by academic level 2009-2010
America's children in brief: Key national indicators of well-being, 2012
The competition that really matters: Comparing U.S., Chinese, and Indian investments in the next-generation workforce
Lifting Latinos up by their 'rootstraps': Moving beyond trauma through a healing-informed framework for Latino boys and men
2012: Closing the expectations gap: 50-state progress report on the alignment of K-12 policies and practice with the demands of college and careers
2012 National survey of school counselors: True north: Charting the course to college and career readiness
From capacity to success: HSIs and Latino student success through Title V
Highlights from TIMSS 2011: Mathematics and science achievement of U.S. fourth and eighth-grade students in an international context
The missing "one-offs": The hidden supply of high achieving, low-income students
Feed the Pig Financial Planning for College
2004/2009 Beginning postsecondary students longitudinal study
Time is the enemy: The surprising truth about why today's college students aren't graduating... And what needs to change
Smart money: Informing higher education philanthropy
Resisters, rejectors, and ridas: How to make urban schools work for disengaged students and critically conscious teachers
The road ahead: A look at trends in the educational attainment of community college students
State Policies Affecting the “Adult Re-Entry Pipeline” in Postsecondary Education: Results of a Fifty-State Inventory
Summer snapshot: Exploring the impact of higher achievement's year-round out-of-school time program on summer learning
Making every diploma count: Using extended-year graduation rates to measure student success
One year out: Findings from a national survey among members of the high school graduating class of 2010
Five ways education pays initiative
The case for change in college admissions
You can go! Educator resources
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
School counselors literature and landscape review: The state of school counseling in America
Emotional and behavioral disorders: Promoting prevention and positive interventions in school settings
Crossing the finish line: A national effort to address near completion
Strong support, low awareness: Public perception of the common core state standards
High school dual enrollment programs: Are we fast-tracking students too fast?
Designing high quality evaluation systems for high school teachers: Challenges sand potential solutions
Equity scorecard: A process for building institutional capacity to educate young men of color
Experimental evidence on the effect of childhood investments on postsecondary attainment and degree completion
From birth to college: Findings from Year 1 of a process evaluation of the University of chicago charter school model
Education and the economy: Boosting the nation's economy by improving high school graduation rates among students of color and native students
The role of mentoring in college access and success
The condition of education 2011
Unlocking potential: Results of a national survey of postsecondary education in state prisons
Professional development for afterschool practitioners: The first year of the Palm Beach County Afterschool Educator Certificate program
A way forward: A progressive vision for reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act
Making summer count: How summer programs can boost children's learning
Closing achievement gaps: Improving educational outcomes for Hispanic children: English language acquisition and middle school preparation: Keys to Latino educational success
College Affordability and Transparency Center
Education and the economy: Boosting state and national economies by improving high school graduation rates
Who subsidizes whom? An analysis of educational costs and revenues
Trends in student financing of graduate and first professional education: Selected years 1995-96 to 2007-08
Incentivizing school turnaround: A proposal for reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act
Advancing teacher and prinicpal effectiveness: Four recommendations for reforming the Elementary and Secondary Education Act
Facilitating student learning through contextualization
Performance incentives to improve community college completion: Learning from Washington State's Student Achievement Initiative (a state policy brief)
Experiencing integration in Louisville: How parents and students see the gains and challenges
Meeting the challenge: The role of school leaders in turning around the lowest-performing high schools
PISA 2009 results: What students know and can do: Student performance in reading, mathematics and science
Enrollment in postsecondary institutions, fall 2009; Graduation rates, 2003 & 2006 cohorts; and financial statistics, Fiscal Year 2009
Slip sliding away: An anxious public talks about today's economy and the American Dream
We dream a world: The 2025 vision for black men and boys
2010 census of male-focused programs: A snapshot of programs and organzations supporting American males
Breaking barriers: Plotting the path to academic success for school-age african-american males
Strengthening institutional research and information technology capacity through Achieving the Dream: Principles and practices of student success
This school works for me: Creating choices to boost student achievement: A guide for data analysts
This school works for me: Creating choices to boost student achievement: Supplement to the analysts' guide
NAEP reading 2009 state snapshot reports
Mind the (other) gap!: The growing excellence gap in k-12 education
Lowering student loan default rates: What one consortium of historically black institutions did to succeed
Service-learning and Hispanic students: What works in the field
College readiness brief: Academic rigor: At the heart of college access and success
Baccalaureate success of transfers and rising four-year college juniors
College Board Advocacy and Policy Center
Interview with Anthony P. Carnevale
Maintenance of effort: An evolving federal-state policy approach to ensuring college affordability
Dollars and sense: How "career first" programs like Year Up benefit youth and employers
The case to adopt common college- and career-ready standards (state cards)
Six reasons the Keep our Educators Working Act should be amended to require states receiving funds to end seniority-only teacher-layoff policies
National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS) for Students
The evaluation of charter school impacts: Final report
Schools without diversity: Education management organizations, charter schools, and the demographic stratification of the American school system
Advancing by degrees: A framework for increasing college completion
Tuition-setting authority and deregulation at state colleges and universities
A portrait of low-income young adults in education
SREB/Go Alliance
Guiding the way to higher education: Families, counselors, and communities together
Lumina Foundation Focus: Off the charts: Columns of data provide support for student achievement
A national study of institutional policies for the evaluation of transfer applicants
Latino College Dollars: Scholarships for Latino students
Good data. Better policy. Stronger commitment. Improved outcomes.
PERSIST (Guide to improve higher education persistence, retention, and success)
Web tables - trends in graduate borrowing: selected years, 1995-96 to 2007-08
A stronger nation through higher education: Why Americans must achieve a "big goal" for college attainment
Postsecondary institutions and price of attendance in the United States: Fall 2009 and degrees and other awards conferred: 2008-09, and 12-month enrollment 2008-09
Back on track to college: A Texas school district leverages state policy to put dropouts back on the path to success
Distinct subgroups of former foster youth during young adulthood: Implications for policy and practice
Midwest evaluation of the adult functioning of former foster youth
International Education Financial Aid: International Financial Aid and College Scholarship Search
Postsecondary success
Building a learning agenda around disconnected youth
Complete to compete: Common college completion metrics
Setting statewide college- and career-ready goals
Yes we can: The Schott state report on black males and education (national and state reports)
Redesigning community colleges for completion: Lessons from research on high performance organizations
Filling in the blanks: How information can affect choice in higher education
Top 10 higher education state policy issues for 2011
A policymaker's guide to early college designs: Expanding a strategy for achieving college readiness for all
Easy come - EZ-GO: A federal role in removing jurisdictional impediments to college education