Projects

Pell Grant Reform Simulator

Reauthorization of the Higher Education Act gives Congress the opportunity to modernize the Pell grant program, which makes college more affordable for low-income students. With this tool, users can simulate the effects of modifications to the Pell program to see how program costs and grant amounts would change and which students would be affected.

Reauthorizing the Higher Education Act

The Higher Education Act of 1965 was created to strengthen the country’s colleges and universities by increasing resources to educational institutions and financial assistance for students. Last reauthorized in 2008, a new reauthorization is overdue. This collection offers evidence-based policy solutions to guide the next reauthorization.

America’s Gradebook 

How well do states educate their students? This tool lets you compare student performance while controlling for different demographic factors to better understand how your state stacks up.

Charting Student Loan Repayment

The US Department of Education offers various income-driven loan repayment plans, each with different parameters that affect how long it will take borrowers to repay their loans and how much they will pay. As Congress faces reauthorizing the Higher Education Act, proposals to rethink income-based repayment abound. Use our tool to design your own income-driven repayment plan, and see how it compares with existing and proposed plans.

Diversifying the Classroom: Examining the Teacher Pipeline 

Why does the US teaching workforce remain predominantly white, even as the student body grows increasingly diverse? This interactive feature examines the stages of the teacher pipeline, demonstrating that teacher diversity gaps are constrained by limited f diversity among college graduates.

Education Data Portal

Despite increased data availability, education policy has historically been driven by personal experience and politics. We hope to change that by making education data from prekindergarten through 12th grade and higher education easier than ever to access through our new education data portal. Use our tool to combine data from several sources, look at trends, and draw deeper insights.

Financing Public 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. Our dashboard illustrates those differences and how they have changed over time.

Graduate and Professional Education

In this series of papers and blog posts, we delve into the details on graduate student enrollment, financing, outcomes, and debt to understand the distinct issues advanced degree seekers face. Examining students, institutions, and outcomes across degree, occupational, and demographic categories paints a nuanced picture of the payoffs of graduate and professional education.

How Do School Funding Formulas Work? 

In all but five states, statewide formulas control most school funding. But what are funding formulas, and how do they work? Take a look at the most common funding formulas states use and the ways school districts respond to these models.

How Has Education Funding Changed over Time?

Though education funding has generally increased in recent decades, states vary widely in how much they spend on education and how they distribute that funding. Explore where and how local, state, and federal education funding has changed over the past 20 years.

Long-Term Effects of Private School Choice Programs

The number of private school choice programs, which allow students to use public funds to finance private school educations, has increased in recent years. In this collection of reports, we look at three private school choice programs to see whether participation in these programs affects the rates at which students attend and graduate from college.

School Funding: Do Poor Kids Get Their Fair Share?

Research suggests increased spending on education can improve student outcomes, especially among low-income students. This means that targeted increases in funding could help narrow the achievement gap between poor and nonpoor students. But given the complexities of our school finance system, can policymakers actually direct funds to the students who need them most?

Student Transportation and Educational Access

Cities across the country have adopted school choice policies that allow students to attend schools outside their neighborhoods, providing low-income students more opportunities to attend high-quality schools. But for families without reliable transportation, these schools might be unrealistic options. In this series of reports on student transportation in five school choice—rich cities, we explore the complexities of transportation policy and how it can enable, rather than be a barrier to, equitable access to high-quality education.

Understanding College Affordability

Rising concerns over college tuition and student debt, combined with the widespread conviction that a degree is essential for a middle-class lifestyle, have led to a sense that college in the United States has become "unaffordable." But what does affordability actually mean? Explore affordability from all angles on our website.