Online Learning Update

June 10, 2019

NCAN Report: Shrinking Options, Growing Affordability Gaps for Low-Income Students Nationwide

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:05 am

Bill DeBaun, College Access

A new National College Access Network analysis shows that students are right to be concerned: Affordability is decreasing at two- and four-year public institutions, whose mission is to provide a postsecondary pathway to benefit individuals and the public at large. In 2016-17, just 48% of community colleges in our sample were affordable for the average Pell Grant recipient, according to NCAN’s affordability formula. Only 27% of four-year public institutions were affordable. From academic years 2012-13 to 2016-17, the percentage of affordable institutions declined nationally, while affordability gaps rose.

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