The Case for Federal Higher Education Affordability Standards

Posted by Center for American Progress on June 20, 2016

Models for Affordability in Higher Education

Federal assistance for low-income Americans seeking higher education could be made more effective by modeling it on successful health care and housing programs, argues a new report from the Center for American Progress. The Case for Federal Higher Education Affordability Standards points to the Affordable Care Act, rental housing assistance, and Medicaid as examples of federal policies that effectively lowered costs for low-income people. The report argues that Pell Grants and other approaches to higher education affordability have not gone far enough to keep costs for low-income students at a sustainable level, and recommends that the federal government guarantee a low- to no-cost education for the most vulnerable individuals and set explicit affordability goals for all students.

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