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Financial Barriers to Higher Education for Students from Various Family Income Backgrounds
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2/7/2019
When: Thursday, February 7, 2019
12PM - 1:00PM (MT)
Where: Webinar
United States
Contact: Maggie Brubaker
303-442-2524


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Title:

Financial Barriers to Higher Education for Students from Various Family Income Backgrounds

Presenter:

Tom Mortenson, Senior Scholar at the Pell Institute for the Study of Opportunity in Higher Education and an independent higher education policy analyst.

Cost:

Free to NSPA members.

$35 for non-members. If you apply for NSPA membership within two weeks after this webinar, the webinar cost will be applied toward your membership.

Description: 

The costs of college attendance present formidable financial barriers to many if not most potential college students. Despite enormous sums of money provided by state and federal governments every year, public institutions still charge substantial tuition and fees to the students they enroll. And costs of college attendance go well beyond tuition and fees—they include books and supplies, food, housing, transportation, personal and medical care, etc.

The presenter will describe trends and patterns in financial barriers to higher education for dependent undergraduate students from different family income backgrounds. These barriers are unmet financial need, student work-loan burden, net price to family, and the net price tax rate on family income. This webinar will inform those who formulate, fund, and administer public policy and programs about the condition of and influences that affect postsecondary education opportunity for all Americans.

Presenter Bio:

Tom Mortenson has been a student of higher education opportunity since 1970. His policy research focuses on opportunity for higher education and training, and the ways federal, state and institutional policy fosters or impedes access to those opportunities. He has special concern for populations that are under-represented in higher education: students from low income families that are usually the first in their families to attend college; under-represented minorities including blacks, Hispanics and American Indians; and boys. His studies have addressed academic and financial preparation for college, access, choice, persistence and attainment, and the labor force transition of college graduates. He is particularly interested in private and public finance of higher education opportunity and the consequences of the cost-shift from taxpayers to students that has been underway since 1980. He conducts research, writes and publishes a monthly research letter devoted to analysis and reporting on the demographics, sociology, history, politics and economics of educational opportunity after high school.

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