College Affordability & Financial Aid

All students should have access to an affordable and successful college experience. We offer recommendations to improve and simplify the financial aid system so that enrollment and full participation in college is possible for all students. We also provide data to describe college pricing and student financial aid.


  • Offering a path toward simplicity, predictability and clear focus on students who need financial assistance to achieve college success

    Visit the Get Schooled website

  • Answering critical questions on college affordability with data to inform analyses of college pricing and student financial aid

    Visit the Trends website

  • Provide clear and simple information about how to pay for college and understand how this information influences low-income parents’ support for their children’s pursuit of higher education.

  • Recommendations for improving the Pell Grant program for young people growing up in low- and moderate-income families, while also better serving older adults returning to school to improve their labor market opportunities.

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