Doubling the maximum Pell grant award would substantially expand access to college funding, providing a large increase in grant funding for current recipients and increasing the number of eligible students.
New data show some kindergarten-age children are sitting out this year and without flexible supports and a focus on safety, disruptions could stretch on for another year—or more—in the lives of our youngest students.
If a universal free community college program is implemented, policymakers should carefully consider potential changing enrollment patterns, their associated implications on education equity, and how to mitigate any potential negative effects.
Though schools have only partial control over student borrowing, the nation’s highly endowed private colleges have made substantial progress on reducing student debt for low-and moderate-income students.
Adopting a measure of student poverty that does not hinge on school meal applications would allow states to prioritize getting free meals to all students without the fear of losing data that helps target resources for low-income students.