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Financial Barriers to College Completion

“Financial Barriers to College Completion,” released in March 2017, was prepared by intern Jacob Roble. The sheet notes major shifts in the labor market that make having college education increasingly important to economic self-sufficiency, and concurrent trends of increasing college costs, decreasing government support for higher education, and inadequate financial aid for low- to moderate-income students and their families. Combined, these trends have created financial barriers to completing a college degree for many students. The sheet also explores policy ideas for opening paths to college completion among disadvantaged students.


Children, Education & Training, Employment, Inequality & Mobility, Intergenerational Poverty, Labor Market, Neighborhood Effects, Place, Postsecondary Education, Racial/Ethnic Inequality, Transition to Adulthood, Wealth