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Author(s):Heller, D. E
Title:NDSFA: State financial aid and college access
Short Description:Heller’s paper documents the recent trend in state financial aid programs from providing need-based aid to providing merit-based aid or aid with some merit component.
Annotation:Heller’s paper documents the recent trend in state financial aid programs from providing need-based aid to providing merit-based aid or aid with some merit component. The paper discusses the funding sources of state aid, the effect of the current economic downturn on higher education appropriations in many states (leading to tuition increases when needy students can least afford them), and the impact of these trends on college access for the most financially needy. Heller points to Indiana’s “Twenty-first Century Scholars” program and California’s “Cal Grant” program as demonstrating promising practices.
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Associated Keywords:
Financial Aid
Merit-based Aid
Need-based Aid
State-Level Information

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