Need-Based Student Aid
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The price of higher education is ever rising and students, generally, are bearing a greater proportion of this financial burden; all the while, attainment is more important now than ever before. Unfortunately, students who require financial assistance to attend higher education have far worse outcomes than their peers from higher-income families.

By investing in need-based aid, states can support students who wish to pursue education after high school but may not have the financial means to do so.

NCAN recommends that states:

  • Establish a minimum threshold for need-based aid, and do not dip below it.
  • Prioritize need-based aid over merit-based aid.

Need-based student aid resources: