Weekly Research Digest, 8-22-13


National Postsecondary Student Aid Study (NPSAS:12): Student Financial Aid Estimates for 2011-12
U.S. Department of Education, August 2013

Every four years the U.S. Department of Education surveys a nationally representative sample of students, undergraduates, and graduates about the type of financial aid they receive to pay for their education. Major findings for 2012 include the following: 
  • Seventy-one percent of all undergrads received some type of financial aid, including student loans.
  • Average amount borrowed was $10,800.
In the News
Inside Higher Ed – Study: Majority of Students Now Have Federal Aid
POLITICO -More students than ever rely on federal college aid

How Qualified Student Loans Could Protect Borrowers and Taxpayers
Center for American Progress, August 2013

Some members of Congress believe that some student loan debt, private as well as federal, should be dischargeable by bankruptcy. This report urges Congress and regulators to establish criteria for a new type of loan, a "Qualified Student Loan," to protect consumers and taxpayers. The criteria include: 
  • Reasonable interest rates and fees
  • Deferment and forbearance provisions similar to today's federal loans
  • Access to income-based payment
  • Reasonable likelihood of repayment
In the News
Chronicle of Higher Education - Report Calls for Bankruptcy Protection for the Most Vulnerable Borrowers
Inside Higher Ed - Report Urges Bankruptcy Protection for Risky Student Loans  

The Conditions of College & Career Readiness 2013
ACT, August 2013

The annual ACT report presents disappointing ACT scores for the high school class of 2013. Only 26 percent of students taking the ACT met all four subject benchmarks--in English, reading, math and science. Thirty-one percent did not meet a single benchmark. The average score was 20.9 in 2013, down .2 points from 21.1 in 2012, the lowest in the past five years.

In the News
Inside Higher Ed –ACT Scores Slip
The Washington Post –Just 26 percent of ACT test-takers are prepared for college


APSCU Statement on Education and Opportunity in the State of the Union Address Following the conclusion of President Obama's State of the U…

Weekly Research Digest - 8.7.13 A snapshot of recently released research, reports, surveys, …

APSCU Sends Second Letter to Secretary Duncan on State Authorization Regulation APSCU President and CEO Steve Gunderson sent a letter to Ed…



PSCUs open doors to many of the 9 million unemployed and 90 million undereducated Americans by providing a skills-based education. To remain competitive over the next decade, we must identify between 8 and 23 million new workers with postsecondary skills. PSCUs are a necessary part of that solution, having produced over 800,000 degrees last year alone.