More than 90% of the UNC System's undergraduate and graduate programs reap a positive ROI for graduates, and nearly 90% of low-income students experienced upward economic mobility, the University of North Carolina System study found.
With HEERF funding in the rearview mirror, community colleges that have historically served the nation's most underresourced populations are getting creative to keep their at-risk students from stopping out and regain those lost due to finances.
Students from the American College of Education (ACE) earn nearly $20 for every dollar invested and 87% of graduates don't graduate with debt, according to Lightcast, a global leader in labor market analytics.
"I've talked to literally thousands of people in group and individual settings, and I'm getting the same message: This is government overreach, this is the weaponization of a department that has an opinion that isn't shared by anybody else," GCU President Brian Mueller said.
Colleges left and right are facing investigations, legal battles, lawsuits and monetary penalties for issues relating to their accessibility compliance thanks to stricter enforcement from the DOJ and DOE.
With the flurry of higher ed staff processing and packaging aid offers, reviewing financial aid appeals and counseling students on the changes, NASFAA is asking the Department of Education to work closely with financial aid offices to protect underresourced students from the lightning-quick turnaround.