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Dollars for Degrees: Financial Aid and its Impact on Post-Secondary Degree Completion in Texas

November 1, 2010

Researchers have begun to investigate more deeply the specific effects of rising college costs, increasing debt, and the impact of financial aid on degree completion. Specifically, this paper describes the various sources and types of financial aid available to postsecondary students in Texas, how financial aid is packaged at different types of institutions, and the effects of financial aid types and packages on post-secondary persistence and completion. An appendix contains additional detail on federal, state, institutional and private aid sources as well as a list of the advisors, interviewees, and focus group members we spoke with during our research. While this paper focuses on financial aid in Texas given GTF's state-based purview, we believe many of the lessons are applicable across the country.

Dollars for Degrees: Structuring Post-Secondary Scholarships to Increase Student Success

November 1, 2010

This report explores how funders can structure their scholarship awards and provide access to key non-financial supports to improve post-secondary persistence and completion.

Advancing Good Governance: How Grantmakers Invest in the Governance of Nonprofit Organizations

March 1, 2009

Over the last decade, growing numbers of nonprofit organizations and grantmakers have recognized the need for capacity-building in nonprofit organizations. In 2006, U.S. funding for capacity-building topped $1 billion -- a 126% increase over 2000. Leadership capacity has received particular attention, but utilizing the board of directors has often been overlooked. Today, nonprofits and grantmakers are seeking to leverage the inherent assets of these governing groups. This report represents a revealing overview of nonprofit grantmaking in the new economy.