Investing in Need-Based State Grant Aid to Increase College Access and Attainment
A Summary of College Success Arizona’s Policy Briefs on the Importance of State Grant Aid (April 2017)
A quick read on Arizona higher education funding programs and ideas to strengthen state need-based grant aid.
This four-page policy brief provides a readable recent history of the systemic decline in state support for higher education, including a description of defunct state aid grant programs over the past decade. The brief outlines what national leaders define as the characteristics of effective state aid grant programs, which could be used to define improvements for Arizona. Also included are recommendations for actions that policymakers can take to increase statewide rates of higher education access and completion by developing robust and sustainable need-based grant aid programs.