HLA and More Than 70 Organizations, Individuals Urge Congress to Extend the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) in the Next Appropriations Legislation

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Higher Learning Advocates and more than 70 partner organizations and individuals submitted a letter asking Congress to extend the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) with continued funding in the next appropriations legislation. Like most Americans, college students rely on internet services every day to connect with colleagues and faculty, conduct research, and complete coursework. And, many…

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Using Financial Aid Data to Help Students Meet Basic Needs

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A growing body of research has shown that student persistence and college completion are strongly connected to and determined by whether students’ basic needs are being met. But college administrators are hamstrung by insufficient funding to fully address basic needs insecurity on their campuses and help students in a comprehensive way. A new policy brief by Higher Learning Advocates (HLA),…

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Idaho Scholarship Program a Boon for Students and State

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A new workforce development scholarship program in Idaho is generating more interest than originally projected, and state officials say the response reflects the demand for education and training needed to fill jobs in the region and an opportunity to get and keep young people employed in the state. The LAUNCH program offers Idaho high school graduates, or those…

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Bipartisan Progress on Pell Grant Expansion, but Hurdles Remain

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As Congress gears up to head home for the holiday season, proponents who have hoped to see a breakthrough on the long-running issue of expanding Pell Grants to career-training programs lasting fewer than 15 weeks have received an early gift—a bipartisan deal in the House. Key lawmakers in both parties have wrangled for years over the expansion,…

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Declare Yourself Independent for Financial Aid

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Before filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, applicants must first determine their dependency status – which dictates whose information needs to be submitted on the form. An undergraduate student can’t simply choose to file as an independent on the FAFSA, the application that most schools use to determine financial aid awards. They…

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The Hidden Financial Aid Hurdle Derailing College Students

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At 19, Elizabeth Clews knew attending community college while balancing a full-time job and caring for a newborn would be hard. But she wanted to give it a shot. After a few months, the single mom, who had just exited the foster care system, realized she wasn’t doing well enough to pass her classes at…

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Proposed Welfare Rule Change May Alter State Scholarship Funding Practices

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Colleges and universities in at least eight states could lose a total of between $970 million and $1.3 billion in scholarship funding under a new rule proposed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The states have been misusing funds from the federal welfare program Temporary Assistance for Needy Families that were intended to help low-income parents on…

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‘Modernizing Postsecondary Policy to Better Support Adult Learners’: A Special Report

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Inside Higher Ed published a new special report, “Modernizing Postsecondary Policy to Better Support Adult Learners,” with insight provided by HLA’s Julie Peller, executive director, and Amy Ellen Duke-Benfield, managing director of policy and research. This free, print-on-demand report explores how current federal and state policies can impede working learners, veterans, student parents and other…

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Higher Learning Advocates and 40 Organizations Celebrate Bipartisan Resolution Marking September as National Student Parent Month

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Higher Learning Advocates and 40 organizations signed on to a letter to Senators Jerry Moran (R-KS) and Tom Carper (D-DE) applauding Congress for passing the National Student Parent Month resolution. For the third consecutive year, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed a resolution designating September as a national celebration of parenting students, which acknowledges the sacrifices…

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