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.
Options & Funding
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
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
Expand funding for post-high school credentials
Increase ability to use federal, state and private funds for programs beyond two- and four-year degrees
How Parents Navigate and Influence Their Kids’ Post-High School Education
A study to understand the current parental perception of higher education and the higher education planning process.Learn More
School Counselors & College Financial Fit
A survey to understand how prepared school counselors are to discuss paying for college and how discussions about financial fit factor into their college recommendations.Learn More
Our latest thinking on policies and programs that broaden public understanding of post-secondary options and increase funding for all pathways.
ASA regularly provides testimony and legislative input to federal and state lawmakers as they debate important legislation postsecondary credentials and funding.