With national economic competitiveness a top priority of policymakers, there is an emphasis on increasing the number of Americans—particularly minorities—who complete some form of higher education. Rising costs, however, have made higher education more difficult for families to afford.
AIR helps policymakers address these issues. Our research and evaluation work identifies successful practices to increase educational access and to coordinate K-12 preparation with postsecondary needs. We explore cost-effective ways to deliver postsecondary educational services and training, and help universities and university systems foster environments that maximize learning, research productivity, and innovation.
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Although a wealth of research has shown that financial aid reduces hurdles to college enrollment, relatively little is known about how aid affects students after they are enrolled, much less how they react to the common occurrence of losing aid midway through their college careers. A CALDER working paper co-authored by AIR finds that losing financial aid weakens students’ engagement with college.
Given the high cost associated with earning a degree—and its frequently accompanying debt burden—students, parents, policymakers, and the media are questioning the value of higher education. Holders of associate's degrees earn more income and are less likely to be unemployed than high school students, making it a sound investment for many people.
Making college more affordable for students has become a top priority in the United States. But students typically pay far less than what it costs colleges and universities to educate students. These four briefs delve into the costs for higher education institutions and the financial costs for students in obtaining science degrees.
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