The Shrinking Value of MassGrant
Dramatic Increase in Enrollments
MassGrant is the state’s main program of need-based financial aid. As costs have risen, MassGrant has been cut. These 2 graphs and report from the Department of Higher Education’s FY 2011 Budget Request demonstrate how ” This unmet financial need of students is significant and is almost certainly a deterrent to the pursuit of postsecondary education for […]
US News & World Report: Higher Ed Cuts Worst in Massachusetts
Enrollments in 2009-10 at Massachusetts public colleges increased dramatically, especially at the community colleges. The 7% increase in students in Fall 2009 compared to a year before is unprecedented and comes at the same time that state support has decreased by record amounts. The Board of Education has compiled the data here.
State Higher Education Finances
Legislators make choices, and ours have chosen to disproportionately target our public campuses, our students, and our economic future. Legislators in other states also face difficult choices and they have not all made the same choices. So what does it mean? Massachusetts spends $5,591 to support the typical in-state student at a public college. Nationally, […]
PHENOMenal News – Spring-Summer 2010
This report on State Higher Education Finances has valuable data, charts and tables that show how Massachusetts Higher Ed compares to other states.
Work Less, Study More, and Succeed
PHENOMenal News – Spring-Summer 2010 Read campaign news, interesting tidbits, book review, legislator interview and more!
U.S. vs. other countries: we’re slipping
This report from Demos documents how “financial supports can improve postsecondary success”. Just as a postsecondary education has become essential for getting a decent job and entering the middle class, it has become financially out of reach for many of America’s young people. The cost of going to school has increased exponentially, while financial aid […]
PHENOMenal News – Fall-Winter 2009
The “uncoordinated cutting of funding for higher education that we generally see in U.S. state systems” has not been seen in other countries, says a report by the Center for Studies in Higher Education, at the University of California at Berkeley. Support for higher education is a national priority in many countries which embrace the Keynesian idea […]
PHENOMenal News – Spring-Summer 2009
PHENOMenal News – Fall-Winter 2009 Read updates, editorial, about access conference, PHENOM’s 2009 Annual Meeting and more!
Working Paper on Free Community College
Check out PHENOM’s first Newsletter – Volume 1, Number 1! Read updates, articles on Free Community College, April 8 Rally & March and Economic Independence through Higher Education and more!
Working Paper: Making Free Community College a Reality Community college should be free for all, and the rollout process should begin immediately. Governor Deval Patrick has endorsed free community college as a goal, and his Readiness Commission reaffirmed that commitment. Yet neither has proposed concrete steps to achieve the objective. This report explains why community college should be […]