Topic: College Affordability

Publication October 2016 | 32 pages | (16E10)
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Shared Responsibility for College Affordability
The Report of the SREB Commission on College Affordability in the South

The Commission offers eight policy recommendations for affordability, grounded in a shared responsibility model where states, families, colleges and the federal government each play a role. The report charts trends and data on educational attainment, workforce needs, student diversity, family income, student debt, higher ed funding, tuition, net price, financial aid and more. An appendix offers questions to help states begin reviews of their policies and practices. 

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Publication July 2016 | 3 pages

A Statewide Framework
College Affordability Policy and Practice Review

The SREB Commission on College Affordability in the South recommended that states review affordability policies for capacity to make postsecondary education more affordable for students and families. This framework outlines, in checklist form, questions to guide the review. Questions cover governance, aligning policies toward affordability, tuition policy, need-based student financial aid, student debt, investing in innovation, and shared responsibility among states, agencies, institutions and families.

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Publication March 20138 pages

Statewide Transfer Policies
Essential Elements of State Policy for College Completion

College students face many barriers transferring from one institution to another  — which can increase cost and time for students and raise the likelihood they may drop out before graduation. This report details best practices in state policy across the SREB region, examines the questions policymakers need to answer when updating transfer policies, and presents SREB’s recommendations on the essential elements of a clear, seamless and comprehensive statewide transfer policy.

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Publication May 20137 pages

Dual Enrollment Courses and Credits
Essential Elements of State Policy for College Completion

More public high school students are turning to dual enrollment programs for a head start in college and careers. This paper — one in SREB’s series on the essential elements of state policy to increase college completion — highlights state actions on dual enrollment in SREB states and explores its link to college completion. Recommendations and six issues for policy-makers to consider are included.

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