How Students Use Federal, State and Institutional Aid to Pay for College: A Primer for State Policymakers

Explores the main sources of support — including federal grants, state assistance programs, loans and institutional aid — that are available to students today. Each type of program is explained in detail, with particular attention to the salient characteristics for state policymakers and the potential limitations of each stream of support. Also included are one-page profiles capturing state-specific financial aid information across a variety of common metrics.

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