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Award Letter Data Report

Clear Disparity: Consumer Perceptions on Financial Aid Notifications

New data adds consumer voices to award letter confusion debate By CampusLogic

Every year, more than $240 billion in federal and state aid is available to students to support their higher education pursuits, and financial aid award letters are the primary way students and families get crucial information regarding eligibility and access to funding. This report shows that students and families are more confused than ever about either wording or dollar amounts in their notification letters. The report includes a recommendations section with actionable changes that will get more students into the classroom and keep them there.

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Decoding the Cost of College

The Case for Transparent Financial Aid Award Letters By New America and uAspire

New America and uAspire, a nonprofit leader on college affordability, analyzed thousands of financial aid award letters and found not only that financial aid is insufficient to cover the cost of college for many students, but also that award letters lack consistency and transparency. As a result, it is exceedingly difficult for students and families to make a financially-informed college decision. While solutions for tackling the cost barrier may be complex, solutions to improve award letter terminology and formatting are well within reach.

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Decoding Cost
Finding Fit Evolution

Finding A Fit: The Evolution of Student- Centered Financial Aid

Identifying challenges & emerging solutions related to technology in the U.S. financial aid system By Tyton Partners

Challenges and complexities within the financial aid process have a significant impact on students’ ability to pay for and complete school. Nearly 3 million students drop out every year for reasons related to finances. Beginning in 2016, Tyton Partners conducted a national research study with funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and in collaboration with AACRAO, NACAC, and NASFAA to better understand the issues in the U.S. higher education financial aid system and begin to develop some potential solutions.

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Student Financial Wellness Survey: Fall 2018 Semester Results

Understanding the connection between student finances and student success By Trellis Company

The Student Financial Wellness Survey (SFWS) is a self-reported, online survey that seeks to document the fnancial well-being and student success indicators of postsecondary students across the nation. The SFWS was designed and implemented by Trellis Research, a department within Trellis Company. Participation is free to institutions and Trellis is currently enrolling institutions for the Fall 2019 and 2020 implementations of the SFWS.

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Fall 2018 SFWS Report
Filing Trends

Timing is Everything: FAFSA Filing Trends

Patterns in the filing of the FAFSA during the 2018-19 aid year By CampusLogic

College costs are a major access barrier to higher education—especially for first generation and minority students. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) is key to reducing a student’s debt burden, in turn driving access. When students file the FAFSA can be just as important as if they do, where non-federal grant aid is concerned. Many state grant programs and institutional scholarships utilize FAFSA data, but these programs can also have fixed application deadlines or dispense funds on a first-come, first-served basis until resources have been depleted.

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