Community Colleges

David Leonhardt’s post on whether “College Is Worth It” on The Upshot this week was the most widely emailed story at the New York Times earlier today—a sign that the public is very antsy about the costs and benefits of higher education. Leonhardt’s conclusion, based on new research from...
Largely as a result of reductions in state funding, Florida students today face higher costs in real terms to attend two- and four-year public colleges and universities than their counterparts did twenty years ago, forcing many of them to go into debt. In comparison to other states, however,...
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Just as postsecondary education has expanded opportunities for good jobs and entry into the middle class, college costs are rising beyond the reach of many Americans. State policy decisions are largely responsible for this major cost shift onto students and families. Public investment in higher...
Just as a postsecondary education has become essential for getting a decent job and entering the middle class, it has become financially out of reach for many of America’s young people. State support for higher education has decreased considerably over the past twenty years, while financial...
John Quinterno, author of Demos' report "The Great Cost Shift" appeared on NPR's Marketplace, saying that even with the economic downturn, the country is richer than it was 20 years ago. Back when we were poorer, he explained, we spent more on public higher education.
This report examines how state disinvestment in public higher education over the past two decades has shifted costs to students and their families. Such disinvestment has occurred alongside rapidly rising enrollments and demographic shifts that are yielding more economically, racially, and...
While political leaders in Washington, D.C. continue to battle over how to deal with the nation’s ongoing economic crisis, millions of college students are back in school trying to manage their own financial crisis—the increasing cost of attending college. Average college tuition and fees continue...
Unemployment remains high among recent college graduates, and more people are wondering whether a bachelor's degree is worth the investment. There's no doubt that today's graduates face a rocky climb. The average student-loan debt among bachelor-degree holders is $24,000, according to the Project...
Available financial aid covers only a fraction of what community college students pay for their education.  To finance their studies, many of them enroll in school only part time and/or work more than 20 hours per week, strategies that increase their likelihood of dropping out. To help address...
In order to reverse the troubling low graduation rates at our nation’s community colleges, low-income students must stop being financially penalized for attending these institutions. As this brief outlines, low-income students who attend community college receive less state and institutional...
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