NCAN Report: Shrinking Options, Growing Affordability Gaps for Low-Income Students Nationwide
Students from low-income backgrounds are increasingly being shut out of two- and four-year public institutions, new NCAN research shows. In 2016-17, just 48% of community colleges in our sample were affordable for the average Pell Grant recipient, and only 27% of four-year public institutions were affordable.
Despite the significant public investment in the Pell Grant program, the body of evidence around its impact is scant. Given this, and at the risk of sounding hyperbolic, a recent study may be one of the most important ever published about the Pell Grant.
Last month Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed House Bill 3 into law. The legislation authorizes $11.6 billion in school finance expenditures, including $6.5 billion new spending and $5.1 billion in property tax relief. It also codifies FAFSA completion as a requirement for high school graduation, which is a big development for high school seniors in one of the country’s most populous states.