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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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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Higher Learning Advocates Submits Letter on FY 2022 Appropriations

WASHINGTON — Today, Higher Learning Advocates submitted a letter outlining our support for key issues as the Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education begins the FY 2022 appropriations process. HLA urged the subcommittee to consider investments in essential child care, higher education, and campus mental health programs. Read the full letter here.

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