Federal-State Partnerships: Why Centering Support for Rural, Regional, and Minority-Serving Institutions Can Improve College Affordability and Student Success in the U.S.
Since the passage of the Higher Education Act (HEA) of 1965, America’s colleges and universities have struggled to increase the affordability of a college degree. The HEA policy established the creation of need-based grants, work-study opportunities, and federal student loans, helping the poorest Americans pay for college. The efforts were an attempt to codify college affordability and civil rights to those who had previously been excluded due to financial and racial barriers (Hillman & Orfield, 2022). [...]