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Author(s):Center for Higher Education Policy Analysis
Title:Putting money on the table: Information, financial aid, and access to college
Organization:Center for Higher Education Policy Analysis
Short Description:The goal of this paper is to understand the divide between available aid, the impact of “early commitment aid” programs, and how students fare in accessing the funds available from various aid programs.
Annotation:A variety of programs such as the privately funded “I Have A Dream” project and Indiana’s “Twenty-first Century Scholars” program represent efforts to provide what has come to be known as “early commitment aid.” The goal of this paper is to understand the divide between available aid, the impact of “early commitment aid” programs, and how students fare in accessing the funds available from various aid programs.Using California, Nevada, and Kansas—three states with varying types of student aid programs—as case examples, two main findings recur: • Large disconnects exist for students who need financial aid for college going and their understanding of what they need to do to access aid; and, • More money could be brought to each state’s financial aid table when more students are successful in maintaining eligibility and completing the financial aid application process. Implications for practice are based on a cultural approach for promoting access to student aid. Suggestions include: • The need to understand lives of students and families as they seek student aid; • Attention to the inter-relationship of school, home, and other influences; and, • The creation of a systematic and longitudinal framework for information about financial aid.
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College Access
Early/Middle College High Schools
Financial Aid
Low-Income Students
Need-based Aid

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Paving the way to postsecondary education: K-12 intervention programs for underrepresented youth
Making opportunity affordable: Reinvesting in college access and success
Hitting home: Quality, cost, and access challenges confronting higher education today
Hispanic Scholarship Fund: Steps to success (English and Spanish Versions)
Destination university: A guide to college for students and their families (English Version)
Frequently asked questions about college costs
The progress of education reform: Closing the achievement gap
Inside the black box of high-performing high-poverty schools
Transfer access to elite colleges and universities in the United States: Threading the needle of the American dream
New faces, old patterns: Segregation in the multiracial south
Middle school practices improve student achievement in high poverty schools
Effective preschool curricula and teaching strategies
Children at risk: Consequences for school readiness and beyond
Proven benefits of early childhood interventions
Understanding recent changes in child poverty
Successful bilingual schools: Six effective programs in California
Ensuring academic success for English learners
Charter high schools: Closing the achievement gap
Annotated bibliography: Adult learning in focus: National and state data report
Achivement and attainment in Chicago charter schools
Department of Upward Bound programs: Strategic plan
Best practices in recruiting and retaining minority graduate students
The growing imbalance: Recent trends in U.S. postsecondary education finance
Cities in crisis: A special analytic report on high school graduation
Consider college now! A handbook for students in middle school and junior high school
Adult learning in focus: National and state-by-state data
Adult learning in focus: Individual state profiles and downloadable data
Modeling Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs): Campus practices that work for Latino students
Confronting the "new" American dilemma: Underrepresented minorities in engineering: A data-based look at diversity (Executive Summary)
Engaged for success: Service-learning as a tool for high school dropout prevention
Project Complete
Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarship Program
McNair scholar handbook
National study of student support services. Third-year longitudinal study results and program implementation study update
Trends in college pricing 2008
NASFAA's cash for college
ETS Policy Notes: Adult education in America
Economic state of young America
Why 529 college savings plans favor the fortunate
What is the price of college? Total, net, and out of pocket prices in 2007-08
2010 Tuition Fees and Financial Aid Report
Student Aid Simplification: Looking Back and Looking Ahead
Paying for college: Distinguishing between cost and price
Trends in student aid 2009
How America pays for college 2009: A national study by Gallup and Sallie Mae
Characteristics of private student loan borrowers who do not use federal education loans
Rising Tuition and Enrollment in Public Higher Education
What does a college degree cost? Comparing approaches to measuring "cost per degree"
Update: State policies regarding in-state tuition for undocumented students
PERSIST: A comprehensive guide for student success in higher education
Squeeze play: How parents and the public look at higher education today
California policy options to accelerate Latino success in higher education
Post-secondary education options for low-income students
Helping Teens Succeed
Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans Website and Secondary School Toolkit - English
Mounting pressures facing the U.S. workforce and the increasing need for adult education and literacy
Digest of Education Statistics
Funding education beyond high school: The guide to federal student aid 2007-2008
Mission: Possible!
Colorado Reports
The narrowing gap in New York City teacher qualifications and its implications for student achievement in high-poverty schools
Student charges and financial aid: 2006-07
The Breakthrough High School project
Afterschool programs as an oasis of hope for black parents in four cities
Characteristics of minority-serving institutions and minority undergraduates enrolled in these institutions
Enhancing student services at Owens Community College: Early results from the Opening Doors demonstration in Ohio
Black college dollars: 2007-2008 Directory of scholarships for African-American students
High school dropout: A quick stats fact sheet
Overlooked gems: A national perspective on low-income promising learners
Parent primer on career exploration
An overview of post-secondary support programs for former foster youth
2006-2007 National directory of scholarships, internships, and fellowships for Latino youth
StateVoucher.org (Education and Training Vouchers)
Beating the odds: The real challenges behind the math achievement gap - and what high-achieving schools can teach us about how to close it
Breaking through: Helping low-skilled adults enter and succeed in college and careers
Economic mobility: Is the American Dream alive and well?
Economic mobility project
From high school to the future: Potholes on the road to college