Make postsecondary education affordable for low- and middle-income families


Lower the college cost burden for low- and middle-income students and families.

Provide state aid to cover the gap between the Pell award and the cost of public tuition and fees.  

Allocate state aid for part-time students and for summer semester courses. 

Review state policy to allow additional funding or  incentives to universities that cover more unmet need for low-income students.  

Incentivize colleges to use more open educational resources or low-cost texts.

Encourage federal officials to improve Pell Grants to better support the lowest-income students by:  

  • Developing a formula to better meet the needs of students with the greatest need  
  • Increasing awards to cover a larger portion of the cost of attendance  
  • Increasing the yearly maximum Pell Grant award on an annual basis to an amount that will cover at least 50% of the cost of an average four-year public education — and thus fully cover the costs of a two-year public education.
  • Providing federal aid for part-time low-income students  

Encourage federal officials to simplify the FAFSA process for families by to  the federal tax filing process. 

Focus on ways to help students complete their degree or credential of value at a faster rate.

Adjust financial aid formulas to incentivize completing a degree faster, or give incentive funding to colleges that help students complete faster.