The Higher Education Act (HEA) governs most student aid programs implemented at the federal level. Ninety-five percent of HEA funding flows to Title IV loans and grants, such as Pell Grants, which provide tuition assistance to people enrolled in college or other approved courses of study after high school. Most federal tuition assistance is currently oriented toward "traditional" college students, despite the fact that nearly three-quarters of all undergraduates — such as part-time students, students enrolled in non-credit vocational education at local community colleges, and other working adults — are “non-traditional” students, often creating a mismatch between need and availability of tuition assistance.
This page contains reports, fact sheets, analysis and news on higher education access, as well as policy recommendations to allow greater access to tuition assistance for non-traditional students.
- Putting Pell Grants to work for working students | 2018
- Investing in Postsecondary Career Pathways | 2017
- A Job-Driven Community College Compact for Today's Students | 2016
- Fact Sheet: Align the Higher Education Act with Today’s Working Students
- Making Pell Work | 2015
- Making Pell work better for America's businesses and employees | 2015
- National Skills Coalition Recommendations for Reauthorization of Higher Education Act | 2016