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Refine Your Tuition Assistance Program: Provide Support, Guidance and Maximum Choice

Posted by Lynn Schroeder on Sep 5, 2018 3:46:50 PM

Topics: Advising Resource Center, Tuition, Tuition Reimbursement, Student Advising and Coaching, Best Practices

It’s widely understood that tuition assistance programs provide a win-win benefit for both employers and employees; workers see their company as an employer of choice for providing educational resources and career opportunities, while employers benefit from improved employee engagement, retention, and knowledge and skills development.

Because of these benefits, employers are accelerating their commitments to offer and reshape educational resources for workers. How can businesses ensure that they’re providing the greatest benefit for their employees while realizing a substantial return on their investment?


The Huge Costs of the PROSPER Act for Students, Institutions

Posted by Scott Campbell on Dec 13, 2017 12:47:05 PM

Topics: Trends in Higher Education, Adult Learning Success, Tuition

“Results are what you expect, and consequences are what you get.” While the author of that quote is unknown, he or she might well have been looking at the proposed rewrite of the Higher Education Act. The Promoting Real Opportunity, Success and Prosperity Through Education Reform or PROSPER Act has advanced from the House education committee to the full chamber. In the tumult of Tweets, elections, tax reform and resignations, this 500-page plus act has received very little public review. There are positive elements but there are also actions that could have dire consequences for higher education institutions and the students who attend them.


Section 127 in Peril: A Frightening New Threat Looms for Adult Learners

Posted by Amy Sherman on Nov 7, 2017 10:00:00 AM

Topics: Adult Learning, Trends in Higher Education, Tuition

Working learners are likely to be big losers under the House’s new tax bill which would eliminate several important tax credits that support working and part-time students.  One of those changes is the elimination of Section 127, which makes employer-provided tuition assistance tax exempt.


Reaching the Promise of the Pell Grant

Posted by Brian Sorenson on Jul 31, 2017 10:00:00 AM

Topics: Adult Learning Success, Trends in Higher Education, Tuition

The Pell Grant has been a vital form of financial assistance for millions of students since the program was first offered to students in 1972. But as the national conversation on higher education continues to focus on increasing access for underserved populations, advocates for affordable postsecondary education are raising awareness for the need to better support the Pell Grant.


New CAEL Report: The Case for Prior Learning Assessment Financial Aid

Posted by Brian Sorenson on Jul 25, 2017 12:38:47 PM

Topics: Adult Learning, Trends in Higher Education, Tuition, CAEL News

Prior learning assessment (PLA) works.

For decades, PLA has proven to be an effective method for helping students meet completion goals, increasingly the likelihood of graduation to a rate of two-and-a-half times greater than that of non-PLA students. Students who take advantage of PLA have also shown on average to take an additional 9.9 credits more than their counterparts who have not made use of PLA¹.

Yet despite these benefits, there has yet to be a policy to provide federal financial assistance for PLA.


Tennessee Makes Good on a Promise by Making Community College Free for Adults

Posted by Brian Sorenson on May 15, 2017 2:22:20 PM

Topics: Tuition, Success Stories, Adult Learning Success

Last month we noted that Tennessee was looking to expand its efforts to offer tuition-free access to state community colleges to include adult students as well. Last week, state lawmakers approved the legislation to expand that access, through its Tennessee Promise program, providing new education opportunities to thousands of students.