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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
Source:www.usc.edu/dept/chepa/pdf/Breaking%20through%2...
Date:2006
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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Affordability, Tuition and College Costs
College and Career Planning (for Parents)
College and Career Planning (for Students)
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Financial Aid
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Student financing of undergraduate education: 1999-2000
Workbook of state affordability rates 2004
It's kind of different: Student experiences in two early college high schools
Trends in student aid 2005
CollegeCosts.info
Course corrections: Experts offer solutions to the college cost crisis
Questions that matter: Setting the research agenda on access and success in postsecondary education
Indiana higher education opportunity data book
USA Funds
How do educators’ cultural belief systems affect underserved students’ pursuit of postsecondary education
Under-prepared community college students: Implications of attitudinal and experiential differences
Persistence and attainment of beginning students with Pell Grants
Trends in college pricing 2003
Who should we help? The negative social consequences of merit aid scholarships
Hope works: Student use of education tax credits.
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
It’s all relative: The role of parents in college financing and enrollment
How is school reform tied to increasing college access and success for low income and minority youth
State financial aid: Policies to enhance articulation and transfer
Pathways to a four-year degree: The higher education story of one generation
The policy of choice: Expanding student options in higher education
Education pays 2004: The benefits of higher education for individuals and society
No merit in these scholarships
Education as crime prevention: Reinstating Pell Grant eligibility for the incarcerated
Reorienting the HEA reauthorization to reflect what research-based knowledge says about what works
Private loans and choice in financing higher education
Low-income adults in profile: Improving lives through higher education
Collision course: Rising college costs threaten America’s future and require shared solutions
Financial aid and scholarships for undocumented students
Expanding college access: The impact of state finance strategies
The role of student loans in college access
A matter of degrees: Improving graduation rates in four-year colleges and universities
Socioeconomic status, race/ethnicity, and selective college admissions
Annotated list of Pathways research, papers, reports, and other publications by focus area
A shared agenda: A leadership challenge to improve college access and success
Indicators of opportunity in higher education
Indiana’s postsecondary indicators: 2004 performance and descriptive indicators
Crisis at the core: Preparing all students for college and work
On course for success: A close look at high school courses that prepare students for college
What role can dual enrollment programs play in easing the transition between high school and postsecondary education
Increasing the preparedness of at-risk students
Postsecondary education opportunity
Pell Institute for the Study of Opportunity in Higher Education
TRIO Mid-America Association of Educational Opportunity Program Personnel (MAEOPP)
Indiana dollars for scholars
Early commitment financial aid programs
Trends in college pricing 2005
Transitions to college: From theory to practice
Education pays update 2005
Our impoverished view of education reform
Persistence among first-generation college students in Indiana: The impact of precollege preparation, college experiences, and financial aid
Beyond the tunnel problem: Addressing cross-cutting issues that impact vulnerable youth
Federal student loan debt:1993-2004
Investing in America's future: Why student aid pays off for society and individuals
2006-2007 NASFAA financial aid night and counselor's materials
Add it up: Using research to improve education for low-income and minority students
At what cost? The price that working students pay for a college education
2003 Status report on the federal education loan programs
Student aid and tax benefits: Better research and guidance will facilitate comparison of effectiveness and student use
In state tuition for undocumented immigrants
Pathways to a four-year degree: Determinants of transfer and degree completion
35th Annual survey report on state-sponsored student financial aid: 2003-04 Academic year
Every child, every promise: Turning failure into action
Career academies: Impacts on labor market outcomes and educational attainment
National College Access Program Directory
Dropout rates in the United States: 2004
Academic pathways to college: Policies and practices of the fifty states to reach underserved students
National HIRE network: Resources and assistance: Indiana
Sallie Mae: First in my family scholarship
Talent Development High Schools
Over half of low-income children live with a parent who works regularly
NDSFA: Getting the most out of federal aid spending -- encouraging colleges and universities to promote the common good
NDSFA: Recommendations for improving federal aid delivery
NDSFA: The financial aid partnership
Federal student aid for counselors
Grappling with the access problem
Doors of opportunity opening or closing: We are using tax credits and tuition discounts to appease middle-class voters instead of expanding educational opportunity
The art of student retention
Strategies for success: Six stories of increasing college access
Parent power and urban school reform: The story of Mothers on the Move
Accelerated learning options: A promising strategy for states
Kiplinger's 100 best values in public colleges
A little knowledge is a dangerous thing: How perceptions of costs and benefits affect access to education
College access: Results from a survey of low-income teens and parents
Financial access: What it is, what it isn't, and how to educate people about it
American student achievement institute
Early financial aid commitment: Response to Indiana's education roundtable
Diversity and persistence in Indiana higher education: The impact of preparation, major choices, and financial aid
The state of college affordability in Indiana
More on affordability: Response to Tom Mortenson
ScholarShop
Sallie Mae financial aid calculators
ACT financial aid need estimator
Profiles of Indiana and US colleges and universities
The Princeton Review
High school guidance counselors: Facilitators or preemptors of social stratification in education
Contending with financial inequality
Financial aid and postsecondary opportunity for nontraditional age pre-college students: The roles of information and education delivery systems
Publications by Sean-Michael Green
GI bill education benefits
Who goes to preschool and why does it matter
Scholarship Help
EducationQuest
Saving for College Website
Mapping your future
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Section 529 state college savings programs
Transfer students: Planning your successful college transfer
Don't get scammed on your way to college!
How do I pay for college?
New faces, old patterns: Segregation in the multiracial south
Thinking outside the box: Policy strategies for readiness, access, and success
Frequently asked questions about college costs
Middle school practices improve student achievement in high poverty schools
The promise and practice of employer educational assistance programs: 2004 State of the field strategies and trends
Children at risk: Consequences for school readiness and beyond
The unraveling of No Child Left Behind: How negotiated changes unravel the law
Policy indicators for higher education WICHE states
Demography is not destiny: Increasing the graduation rates of low-income college students at large public universities
Using EPAS™ to evaluate school-based intervention programs: GEAR UP
Using EXPLORE® and PLAN® Data to Evaluate GEAR UP Programs
Setting students' sights on college: Chicago public schools
Paying for college: A brief look at student financial aid programs
In need of improvement: NCLB & high schools
Indiana's 21st century scholars: A new community college system and college prep curriculum are improving the state's position
Post-secondary education options for low-income students
Addressing the needs of adult learners
Enlace: Engaging Latino communities for education
College: Making It Happen
College Access: Indiana
Hacia Adelante - Pathways to College - A Guide for Latino Families
Helping Teens Succeed
Financialaidtips.org
Raising the Bar: Policy Recommendations for high school reform
No Child Left Behind: State report card 2005-2006
California: State accountability report card 2005-06
2006-07 Washington state tuition and fee report
National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA)
Postsecondary education tuition and required fees in Indiana: 2007-09
A new majority: Low income students in the South's public schools
Beyond myths: The growth and diversity of Asian American college freshmen: 1971-2005
Project on student debt: State by state data
SREB states lead the nation in Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate Programs
The Breakthrough High School project
Opportunity in America: The role of education
College Board scholarship search
Tips for parents with high school teens: Countdown to college
Unmasking the effects of student engagement on college grades and persistence
Transfer between community colleges and four-year colleges: The all-American game
Head Start participants, programs, families, and staff in 2005
Avoidable Losses: High-Stakes Accountability and the Dropout Crisis
Economic mobility: Is the American Dream alive and well?
IBRinfo.org
Federal Aid First
Teacher credentials and student achievement in high school: A cross-subject analysis with student fixed effects
Adventures in education: For college students
Best practices in student support services: A study of five exemplary sites
Programs at higher education institutions for disadvantaged precollege students
National evaluation of Upward Bound: Summary of first-year impacts and program operations
How the borrowing process works
Reaching higher college completion (working paper)
Adult learning in focus: National and state-by-state data
State policies to bring adult learning into focus
Counting on graduation: An agenda for state leadership
Achieving college access goals: The relevance of new media in reaching first-generation and low-income teens
ETS Policy Notes: Adult education in America
The Pangloss Index: How states game the No Child Left Behind Act
Rising Tuition and Enrollment in Public Higher Education
Student debt and the class of 2007
One in 100: Behind Bars in America 2008
National Center for Family Literacy
A mission of the heart: What does it take to transform a school?
Out before the game begins: Hispanic leaders talk about what's needed to bring more Hispanic youngsters into science, technology and math professions
Opportunity matters: A journal of research informing educational opportunity, practice and programs
Modeling Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs): Campus practices that work for Latino students
Leveraging postsecondary partners to build a college-going culture: Tools for high school-postsecondary partnerships
AMS Scholarships and Fellowships
Ed Fund
Dollars for degrees: Financial aid and its impact on post-secondary degree completion in Texas
Paying for college: Distinguishing between cost and price
Trends in student aid 2009
Unauthorized Alien Students, Higher Education, and In-State Tuition Rates: A Legal Analysis