Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Postsecondary Success

April 11, 2016

Fix student aid and FAFSA to help more students make better college decisions

Tax day is just around the corner, and so is a significant change in the way students and families apply for federal financial aid. Currently, students must use family income from the most recent year – the “prior year” in financial aid parlance – when they fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, known as FAFSA. Because taxes aren’t due until mid-April each year, the timing is peculiar; students who search for colleges in the fall won’t know how much financial aid they’ll get until the spring.

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April 11, 2016

Building Clear Paths

Community college leaders across the country are looking through the hundreds of courses in their catalogs and trying to find a way to streamline their offerings in order to get students to completion.

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April 6, 2016

HBCUs Invest in Students and Get Results

When Hajira Attah graduated from high school in 2013, she wanted to be the first one in her family to go to college. But no school considered her college material. She had a 1.7 GPA and low SAT scores. All eight colleges she applied to rejected her.

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