Moving the Needle: How Financial Aid Policies Can Help States Meet Student Completion Goals

This paper is one in a series of reports funded by Lumina Foundation. The series is designed to generate innovative ideas for improving the ways in which postsecondary education is paid for in this country ― by students, states, institutions and the federal government ― in order to make higher education more affordable and more equitable. The views expressed in this paper — and all papers in this series ― are those of its author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of Lumina Foundation

The State Higher Education Executive Officers (SHEEO) association supports the Lumina Foundation’s push to reach a 60% college attainment rate in the United States by moving from an access agenda to a focus on both access and success. As the membership organization for the state-level governing and coordinating boards of higher education, SHEEO is focused on state-level policy and the role(s) the states can play to reach the goals of the completion agenda. As such, SHEEO is uniquely positioned to understand and consider the varying state contexts that our members operate within and use this knowledge to evaluate state policy recommendations related to college affordability. This white paper, written with support from the Lumina Foundation as part of their series exploring new models of student financial support, examines state policies to improve affordability, encourage full-time enrollment, and incent timely completion of postsecondary credentials and degrees. Read entire report here.

Publication Date: 
Monday, April 14, 2014