Reforming student aid: how to simplify tax aid and use performance metrics to improve college choices and completion

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This paper offers a range of policy options for consolidating the various tax-based aid provisions and better targeting this aid toward low and modest income families. It also proposes piloting ‘real-time payment’ of the American Opportunity Tax Credit to deliver this aid to students when they enroll, not just at tax time. These ideas are backed by 10-year revenue estimates and distributional estimates from the Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center. The recommendations have been developed to be revenue neutral or modestly positive to respond to current budget realities, and the authors...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Policy; Disadvantaged; Students; Finance; Participation

Keywords: Low income group; Financial aid; Training cost; Completion

Geographic subjects: United States; North America

Published: Washington, District of Columbia: Center for Postsecondary and Economic Success, 2013

Physical description: i, 80 p.

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Statement of responsibility: Patrick Reimherr, Tim Harmon, Julie Strawn, and Vickie Choitz

Resource type: Paper

Call number: TD/TNC 112.517

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