The Shrinking Value of MassGrant

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 […]

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Dramatic Increase in Enrollments

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.

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US News & World Report: Higher Ed Cuts Worst in Massachusetts

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, […]

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Work Less, Study More, and Succeed

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 […]

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U.S. vs. other countries: we’re slipping

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 […]

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Working Paper on Free Community College

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 […]

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