Acpa position on affordability & Accessibility
Institutions of higher education face new and increasingly difficult obstacles as state and federal funding continues to decrease across the U.S. and student costs skyrocket. Although the average student graduating with a Bachelor’s degree will significantly increase lifetime earnings by receiving this credential, many students are forced to assume tens of thousands of dollars worth of debt in the process, or even forgo this important investment all together due to financial or other limitations. This is most prevalent in socio-economically challenged communities. Indeed, there are significant disparities between demographics when it comes to student debt. The accessibility of higher education for those from every background and financial circumstance is a strong-held value of ACPA.
Guided by our core values, ACPA will advocate for vulnerable student populations and protect the mission and duty of institutions of higher education. We will continue to collaborate with institutions of higher education, student affairs professionals, and governments to educate and advocate for the accessibility and affordability of a higher education for all. ACPA will continue to call on federal and state governments to increase support for low-income college students, standing by students from every background in the fight for college affordability and access.
Additional resources on this issue:
- ACPArethink Past-President Statement on Access, Affordability
- Department of Education: Financial Aid Resources for Students
- Department of Education: College Affordability and Completion: Ensuring a Pathway to Opportunity
- Urban Institute: Understanding College Affordability
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