Financing Higher Education

College affordability and access are national issues, but students in different states face different circumstances. Enrollment, funding, and tuition in public colleges and universities vary widely across states, and have evolved with states’ economies and policy priorities. A national agenda to reduce barriers to college requires a clearer understanding of how students’ opportunities differ by state.

Interactive Features

Financing Public Higher Education

Publications

Does Increasing Reliance on Student Debt Explain Declines in Entrepreneurial Activity?
January 2015 research report by Sandy Baum

Student Debt: Who Borrows Most? What Lies Ahead?
April 2015 research report by Sandy Baum and Martha C. Johnson

Delivering Early Information about College Financial Aid
July 2015 research report by Sandy Baum and Sarah Minton

​Higher Education 2016: Evaluating Campaign Proposals
October 2015 research report by Sandy Baum and Matthew Chingos

​Financing Public Higher Education: The Evolution of State Funding
November 2015 research report by Sandy Baum and Martha C. Johnson

Financing Public Higher Education: Variation across States
November 2015 research report by Sandy Baum and Martha C. Johnson

Simplifying Federal Student Aid: An Overview of Eight Plans
November 2015 brief by Kim S. Rueben, Sarah Gault, and Sandy Baum

Simplifying Federal Student Aid: How Do the Plans Stack Up?
November 2015 research report by Kim S. Rueben, Sarah Gault, and Sandy Baum

Strengthening Federal Student Aid: Reforming Education Tax Credits and Deductions
February 2016 brief by Sandy Baum and Martha C. Johnson

Strengthening Federal Student Aid: Reforming the Student Loan Repayment System
February 2016 brief by Sandy Baum and Martha C. Johnson

Strengthening Federal Student Aid: An Assessment of Proposals for Reforming Federal Student Loan Repayment and Federal Education Tax Benefits
February 2016 research report by Sandy Baum and Martha C. Johnson

Simplifying Federal Student Aid: A Closer Look at Pell Formulas with Two Inputs
April 2016 brief by Kim S. Rueben, Sarah Gault, and Sandy Baum 

Community Colleges: Multiple Missions, Diverse Student Bodies, and a Range of Policy Solutions
August 2016 brief by David Baime and Sandy Baum

Urban Wire posts

What it means that college price increases have slowed
November 2014 blog post by Sandy Baum

Four important considerations regarding the free community college proposal
January 2015 blog post by Sandy Baum and Judith Scott-Clayton

Optimism about President Obama's higher education tax reform proposals
January 2015 blog post by Kim S. Rueben and Sandy Baum

How to simplify the complicated process of applying for federal student aid
April 2015 blog post by Sandy Baum and Judith Scott-Clayton

Declining state expenditures on public universities are in fact driving tuition increases
April 2015 blog post by Sandy Baum

College financial aid: Revealing the secret
July 2015 blog post by Sandy Baum and Sarah Minton

US government finally sheds light on student loan debt
September 2015 blog post by Matthew Chingos

The fundamental flaws in Gallup’s recent higher education poll
October 2015 blog post by Matthew Chingos

​Financial barriers to college depend on where you live
November 2015 blog post by Sandy Baum and Martha C. Johnson

New tuition data don’t change the picture of inequality across states
November 2015 blog post by Sandy Baum and Martha C. Johnson

Can private investors solve the student loan problem?
November 2015 blog post by Sandy Baum

Simplifying access to higher education
November 2015 blog post by Kim S. Rueben and Sarah Gault

​Breaking down the proposals for Pell grant reform
November 2015 blog post by Kim S. Rueben and Sarah Gault

​The big drawback of federal proposals to make pre-k and college free
January 2016 blog post by Matthew Chingos and Erica Greenberg

Clinton, Sanders education plans may have important flaw
January 2016 blog post by Matthew Chingos and Erica Greenberg

Five lessons from proposals to strengthen federal student aid
February 2016 blog post by Sandy Baum and Martha C. Johnson

Jeb Bush’s student loan plan should outlive his campaign
February 2016 blog post by Matthew Chingos 

We can fix the student debt problem
March 2016 blog post by Sandy Baum

Should employers repay student loans or pay higher wages?
April 2016 blog post by Sandy Baum

To fix higher education, educators and policymakers must move beyond the usual rallying cries
April 2016 blog post by Alexandra Tilsley

Student debt relief is the wrong way to promote entrepreneurship
June 2016 blog post by Matthew Chingos

​The real story of student debt
July 2016 blog post by Sandy Baum

Events

Separating Fact from Fiction in Higher Education
April 2016 event

Related Projects

Bridging the Gap  |  Accelerating Opportunity  |  Local Workforce System  |  Financing Public Higher Education