Policymakers and the public view higher education achievement as central to the economic viability of both individuals and the nation. This belief further heightens their concerns about the affordability of higher education, which has seen growth in its cost to students and families outstrip the rate of inflation for decades. Given technology’s impact in creating efficiencies and improving performance in other economic sectors, many see it as a critical tool for reducing, if not reversing, the rate of growth in higher education costs and thus preserving access to higher education for moderate- and low-income students.

The following resources include information on how to keep college affordable, from government guidelines on providing prospective students transparent college costs to new higher education business models.

Federal Response

President Obama’s Blueprint for Keeping College Affordable and Within Reach for All Americans, White House, January 2012.  President Obama explains the importance of a shared responsibility by the federal government, states, and colleges and universities to work together to keep higher education affordable for Americans.

College Affordability and Transparency Center

Cost Calculator

  • College Abacus enables students to compare projected financial aid packages across schools and to identify schools within their budgets.

State Response

A Gamble with Consequences: State Lottery-Funded Scholarship Programs as a Strategy for Boosting College Affordability, American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) Policy Brief, September 2014

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