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Postsecondary
Options & Funding

A post-high school credential, be it certificate, associate degree, bachelor’s or higher, is essential. However, there is limited awareness of, and stigma to, postsecondary credentials beyond a bachelor’s degree. ASA supports programs and policies that broaden public understanding of postsecondary options and increase funding for all pathways.

Short-term training programs and industry-recognized credentials can offer a faster track to careers, but some are not eligible for the federal Pell Grant, a form of financial aid reserved for the neediest students. These students frequently can’t turn to state financial aid to help cover costs, because state funding is often linked to Pell eligibility. Lastly, there are limited sources of private funding for postsecondary education beyond the traditional. American Student Assistance supports programs and policies that broaden public understanding of postsecondary options and increase funding for all pathways.

The Problem

Poor understanding of post-high school credentials and funding

There is limited awareness of post-secondary credentials beyond a bachelor’s degree, and the ways to fund these forms of education

Our Solution

Expand understanding
of credential
options

Increase public understanding of, and appreciation for, postsecondary credentials beyond a bachelor’s degree so that students can make a more informed choice about their future education

Our Solution

Expand funding for post-high school credentials

Increase ability to use federal, state and private funds for programs beyond two- and four-year degrees

Our Work

ISSUE BRIEFS
AND RESOURCES

Our latest thinking on policies and programs that broaden public understanding of post-secondary options and increase funding for all pathways.

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TESTIMONY AND
LEGISLATIVE INPUT

ASA regularly provides testimony and legislative input to federal and state lawmakers as they debate important legislation postsecondary credentials and funding.

Organizations
We're Following

Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education

ASA applauds the work MBAE is doing to expand industry recognized credentials. Learn More

National Skills Coalition

ASA appreciates National Skills Coalition's efforts on credentials. Learn More

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