Policy Report

While New Jerseyans fare better than their counterparts in other states regarding access to need-based financial aid for higher education, barriers exist for low-income working adult students. This policy brief identifies challenges in accessing financial aid – from availability and restrictions to application requirements – and what can be done to more effectively meet the needs of low-income working families. 

September 10, 2010

In This Report, You’ll Learn

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    What obstacles low-income working adults face when seeking financial aid for college.

  2. 2

    A summary of New Jersey’s Tuition Aid Grant Program and Education Opportunity Fund.

  3. 3

    The importance of data to assess students’ access to financial aid, their retention rates and educational outcomes.

  4. 4

    Recommendations for New Jersey policymakers and others to achieve equal access to financial aid resources for all students.

Key Takeaway

Access to funds requires a Paradigm Shift

With more than two-thirds of New Jersey’s projected job growth in occupations that require some higher education, access to education and training is critical for low-income working adults and employers. Improved access to need-based financial aid will require a paradigm shift by policymakers and others to meet workforce needs.

Projected Job Growth by Education and Training Requirements

Findings & Stats

Statements & Quotations