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From the ECS State Policy Database: Postsecondary Affordability--Financial Aid - This policy database—updated weekly—is made possible by your state's fiscal support of the Education Commission of the States....

Reforming Student Financial Aid to Increase College Completion - Recent policy changes in Indiana aim to leverage financial aid to encourage college completion. In this report, the Indiana Commission for Higher Education posits that adding credit accumulation milestones, requiring institutions to provide students with degree maps, and allowing students increased flexibility to access state aid in the summer may be promising strategies to use financial aid dollars to promote college completion. (Indiana Commission for Higher Education, January 2015)...

44th Annual Survey Report on State-Sponsored Student Financial Aid - States awarded $11.2 billion in financial aid to students in the academic year 2012-13, a drop of 0.6 percent compared to the previous year, adjusted for inflation. Three-quarters of undergraduate grant aid was based fully or partly on need, the second consecutive year that need-based aid increased, according to a survey of state-sponsored student aid. (National Association of State Student Grant and Aid Programs (NASSGAP), September 2014)...

States in the Driver's Seat: Leveraging State Aid to Align Policies and Promote Access, Success, and Affordability - By redesigning financial aid programs, states can attain greater access, affordability, and success for their students in higher education. The authors of this paper looked at the shared responsibility concepts of Minnesota, Oregon and Idaho to come up with proposals that include determining eligibility and award amounts by weighing key players: the student, his or her family, the federal government , state government and the institution. Incentives are embedded for the student and the institution. (Brian T. Prescott and David A. Longanecker, WICHE, April 2014)...

The Impact of Financial Aid on Student College Access and Success: The San Antonio Experience - The success of the financial aid initiative is founded on the premise that the truest impact occurs when the greater community owns and develops solutions to issues that impede student progress. This report demonstrates how a community can partner across different sectors and institutions to remove financial aid as a barrier for students to access postsecondary education. (Excelencia in Education March 2014) ...

Effective Oversight of the Tuition Assistance Program: Schools Can Avoid Disallowances by Ensuring Eligibility - This special report summarizes the findings of New York State's Tuition Assistance Program audits released since 2007. Those audits recommended repayments totaling $11 million to cover grants distributed to ineligible students. This report offers guidance on how to avoid common and costly errors related to eligibility, clarifies our audit protocols for school leaders, and recommends actions to strengthen the administration of this grant program. (State of New York, Office of the State Comptroller, March 2012)...

Staying on Track: Early Findings from a Performance-Based Scholarship Program at the University of New Mexico - This report presents early results from a program (VISTA) at the University of New Mexico that increases financial support available to low-income entering students who enroll for a minimum number of credits and maintain a minimum grade point average. Early findings, through one year, indicate that although VISTA had no effects on credits and grades during the first semester, effects did emerge after that point. (MDRC, August 2011)...

Annual Survey Reports on State-Sponsored Student Financial Aid - The National Association of State Student Grant and Aid Programs (NASSGAP) works to ensure student grant and aid programs are available to students in all states. NASSGAP annual reports provide data on state-funded expenditures for student financial aid. ...

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