Policy & Advocacy

Scholarship America Public Policy

With 60 years of experience in providing and shaping impactful educational supports to students, and as the voice of the private sector in postsecondary education, Scholarship America is now working to further engage the private sector to support programs and policies that advance equity in postsecondary education. This public policy agenda is the culmination of two years of research and dialogue on issues such as financial aid award displacement, college costs, student debt, tax benefits, public-private partnerships, and college access, persistence and completion.

Building on that work, our public policy agenda includes three main priorities:

  • Expanding partnerships between the public and private sectors to build capacity and additional supports  for students
  • Ensuring a robust financial aid system that works for students by maximizing and bolstering federal and state financial aid, with the private sector contributing and leveraging support for students who need it most
  • Requiring institutional transparency, minimum standards and outcomes from all postsecondary institutions to ensure that institutions are serving students well and producing outcomes that advance student success

This policy agenda represents the newest phase of Scholarship America’s policy and advocacy efforts to advance equity in postsecondary education and strengthen support for low-to-moderate income students. Its focus is on both addressing postsecondary educational attainment and leveraging the private sector’s role in supporting student success.

Scholarship America is the only partner working directly with communities, businesses and foundations that has significant experience and expertise in providing and shaping impactful educational support programs for those in need.  We are always seeking partnerships that allow our experience and broad local and national reach to support student success, advance equity and eliminate barriers for students most in need.

Education has the power to transform lives. By empowering more students and families to pursue and achieve their postsecondary education dreams, we ensure individual prosperity, stronger communities and a more vibrant nation. Read an overview of our policy agenda, or download the full document.

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