Higher Education

EdStat: The Private Nonprofit Sector Enrolls About 30 Percent of All Students Attending Four-Year Colleges

How will the fiscal crisis impact this sector? And what kind of higher-education system do we want?

EdStat: Of the 30 Percent of Undergraduate Students Who Did Not Apply for Federal Student Aid in 2011-12, Roughly a Third were Likely Eligible for Pell Grants

For the purpose of awarding need-based aid, what matters most is increasing financial aid applications among those most likely to be eligible for financial aid.

EdStat: School Districts with Higher Child Poverty Levels Have Lower FAFSA Completion Rates—About 3 Percentage Points for Every 10-Percentage-Point Difference in the Child Poverty Rate

Students in relatively affluent districts are more likely to have access to the one-on-one assistance that helps students submit the FAFSA, enroll in college, and receive more financial aid.

Private Colleges in Peril

Financial pressures and declining enrollment may lead to more closures

EdStat: Seven Regional Accreditors were Responsible for Accrediting More Than 80% of the Public and Private Nonprofit Colleges in the United States as of 2012–2013

Higher-education institutions have to stay accredited for their students to be able to use federal subsidies to pay for college.

EdStat: Between 2010 and 2016, NACIQI Identified Compliance Issues with 80% of the Accreditors Requesting a Status Renewal

Critics have observed that NACIQI and the U.S. Department of Education rarely hold accreditors accountable for their outcomes.

EdStat: Colleges Have Estimated that an Accreditation Review Costs Over $1 Million

A higher-education institution has to participate in an accreditation review every five to ten years to stay accredited.

College Accreditation, Explained

An EdNext guide to how it works, who's responsible for it, and more

EdStat: As of 2012-2013, Seven Regional Accreditors Collectively Oversaw the Colleges that Enrolled Over 90% of All U.S. College Students

Over the course of 200 years, accreditors transformed from voluntary college associations into the gatekeepers for billions of dollars of public aid.

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