Group Suggests Improvements in Aid System With an Eye to Completion and Nontraditional Students

A coalition of higher-education experts, civil-rights organizers, policy makers, and others is endorsing a set of proposals to improve the student-aid system.

The group, organized by HCM Strategists, a consulting firm, is offering recommendations in three broad categories: making the system simpler and more transparent; dealing with the needs of all students, especially nontraditional ones; and asking colleges, states, and students to share responsibility for completion.

The proposals were released on Thursday in a report, “The American Dream 2.0: How Financial Aid Can Help Improve College Access, Affordability, and Completion.” The report is one of HCM Strategists’ contributions to the Reimagining Aid Design and Delivery project, financed by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

HCM Strategists also released findings from public-opinion research about college affordability commissioned as part of its project.

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