Education Commission of the States

Adult Inclusion in State Financial Aid Policies

Posted on October 30, 2017

New report from Education Commission of the States details inclusion of adult learners in state financial aid policies

Education Commission of the States (ECS) today released its latest report detailing the inclusion of adult learners in state financial aid policies. States provide $12 billion annually in financial aid, but the report reveals that many policies limit access to adult learners due to merit-based requirements, full-time schooling statutes or early application deadlines. While 52 percent of today’s post-secondary students are over the age of 21, just over one-third of state financial aid recipients are classified as independent, according to the report.

Strada Education NetworkSM partnered with ECS to research state financial aid policies as part of our multiyear project to provide technical assistance to states to improve policies for all students.

50-State Comparison: Adult Inclusion in State Financial Aid Policies


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