With roughly $180 billion in federal student aid and tax benefits provided each year to colleges and universities with virtually no performance strings attached regarding low-income student access, degree-completion, and post-enrollment success measures, these institutions are getting a pass.

The Education Trust report Tough Love: Bottom-Line Quality Standards for Colleges recommends targeting assistance to persistently underperforming public and nonprofit colleges and imposing tough consequences, including cutting off federal aid, on these institutions that fail to improve within a reasonable time period.

Related Resources

College Results Online
Doing Away With Debt: Using Existing Resources to Ensure College Affordability for Low and Middle Income Families
Higher Education Practice Guide: Learning From High-Performing and Fast-Gaining Institutions

Proposal At-A-Glance

Published: June 17, 2014

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