Financial Aid and Student Need

March 3, 2011

Still discussing college costs, The New York Times’s David Leonhardt (the Economix blog) posts a dissent from Donald Heller, the director of Penn State’s Center for the Study of Higher Education.  Heller and a few others have recently finished a paper on “Institutional Aid and Its Impact on Student Need.”

Leonhardt provides a link to the whole paper.  Heller wants especially to insist that there is a great deal of unmet student need: he worries that Leonhardt has understated the problem of college costs.   What especially caught my attention was this from Heller: “The problem, as our studies have shown, is that much of the grant aid awarded by states and institutions is going to students who do not have financial need….”

That is, Heller provides another urging that we see merit aid as a big part of the problem.


About Doug Bennett

Doug Bennett is Emeritus President and Professor of Politics at Earlham College. He has a wife, Ellen, and two sons, Tommy (born 1984) and Robbie (born 2003).
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