Free college restrictions prevent low-income students from participating

If only 5% of students qualify for your state’s “free college” program, is it doing what you had hoped?

Reported by Education Dive, while 19 states now offer some sort of free college program, some states’ eligibility restrictions, including an unwillingness to pay for housing or transportation costs, keep these programs away from the very students they were designed to help most.

The takeaway? We need to make sure the policy details at the state level for these free college plans, including last-dollar scholarship requirements and promotional strategies to communicate them, help get these scholarships into the hands of those with the highest need.

May you continue to fight the good enrollment growth fight at your institution today, and we’ll see you again tomorrow.

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Eric Olsen

Eric brings more than a decade of award-winning creative brand development, marketing analytics and higher education experience to Helix Education. Eric is a graduate of Bradley University and earned his MBA at Lewis University.