Financial Barriers to College Completion

Since 1980, the cost of college attendance has risen by 160% at four-year public universities and 170% at four-year private institutions. And as the cost has risen, the share of federal and state support has decreased, leaving students and families to make up the difference. What are some of the specific issues caused by this shift, and what are some potential policy solutions?

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“Financial Barriers to College Completion” was prepared by intern Jake Roble and released in March 2017. Special thanks to the faculty, researchers and sources that contributed to this report.