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Report: Program design key to successful free college programs

June 10, 2019

Because free college programs make up a fast-growing segment of student aid, it’s critical to design them in a way that “fulfills their promise” to “address serious affordability challenges,” the report’s authors contend.

Promise programs are expected to make up roughly 12.1% of all state student financial aid in 2020 as they spread among the states and gain popularity with policymakers.

As a result, getting the design features right is important, the authors explain.

On one hand, properly designed and implemented programs have positive effects on student outcomes.

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