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Promote Access and Affordability

Students who successfully apply to and enroll in college have access to information on the necessary steps to achieve this goal as well as the financial aid options to help pay for it. Profiles highlight efforts to streamline financial aid applications, increase awareness of access and financial opportunities such as scholarships and grants, and institutional efforts to contain costs.

Higher Ed: Sticker Price, Potential Earnings Can Be Deceptive

July 3rd, 2012
By David Maxwell, President, Drake University and Larry Zimpleman, Chairman, President, and CEO, The Principal Financial Group
This past April, thousands of college-bound high school seniors and their families were forced to make a series of bewildering decisions: Which is the best college or university for me? Which school(s) can we afford? What should I major in? On what other criteria do I base my choice? Students are increasingly making critical life choices based primarily on money -- choices that ultimately may turn out to be the wrong ones in the long run. ...More

Protecting America’s Future through the Federal Pell Grant Program

September 21st, 2011
By Brian K. Fitzgerald, Chief Executive Officer, BHEF
Increasing American competitiveness will require saving the Pell Grant program. A series of recession-driven forces have converged on lower-and middle-class American families, reducing families’ ability to pay for college at just the time we need more Americans earning college degrees. ...More

Eating our Seed Corn

July 25th, 2011
By Kati Haycock, President, The Education Trust
If our economy is going to thrive over the long term, we need to tend to the harvest. Protecting Pell Grant funding is one of the surest steps Congress and the White House can take to increase our yield. ...More

Preserving the Federal Pell Grant Program: The Business-Higher Education Forum’s Position Statement

BHEF Publications
The Federal Pell Grant Program is a critical source of grant aid for many low-and moderate-income college students. Over the past decade, the federal government has expanded the program to serve more students, increasing the maximum level of each award to $5,550 and better ensuring college access and success. However, the House 2012 budget proposal calls for drastic cuts to the program, reducing the maximum grant by as much as 45 percent to $3,040. ...More

Gates Millennium Scholars

Program that Works
Funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Gates Millennium Scholars Program provides high achieving, low-income, minority students with college scholarships. ...More

Guardian Scholars Program at San Francisco State University

Program to Watch
A global approach designed to provide former foster care youth with the resources necessary for college success. ...More

UMBC Meyerhoff Scholars Program

Program that Works
The Meyerhoff Scholars Program is a global, systematic approach sponsored by UMBC to increase the ethnic diversity within STEM academic and career pathways. ...More

On Point for College

Program to Watch
A Syracuse, NY Program that provides college access mentorship to underserved and first-generation college bound students. ...More

National College Access Network

This Web site includes a Toolkit, best practices, and a resource library which covers a variety of topics relating to college access. This Web site is also affiliated with the Pathways to College Network. ...More

Financial Aid Calculator

This online tool helps students compute and plan for college costs. ...More

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