Policy Principles

Today’s students are more diverse in age, race, and income than any previous generation. The Today’s Students Coalition advocates for postsecondary policies that support their success.

Policy Principles

Create Robust Student Supports

Today’s students require policies that support their needs, both inside and outside the classroom.

How we can accomplish this:
  • Ensure the basic security of today’s students basic needs, health, and wellness
  • Expand supports for student parents and caretakers.
  • Ensure undocumented students who immigrated as children can access and afford postsecondary education.
  • Provide robust supports and protections for military-connected students.
  • Incentivize evidence driven strategies to increase completion for today’s students.

Policy Principles

Modernize Student Financial Aid

Today’s students require a student aid system that is accessible, transparent, and adjusted for the realities they face.

How we can accomplish this:
  • Modernize the Pell Grant to better serve today’s students.
  • Update the federal student aid process to reflect the realities of today’s students.
  • Improve student loan borrowing and repayment to increase financial success.
  • Update financial aid rules to better serve today’s students.
  • Make campus-based aid work better for today’s students.
  • Improve postsecondary accountability to protect students’ financial security.

Policy Principles

Connect Learning Opportunities

Today’s students require flexible learning opportunities and connected pathways to and through education and employment.

How we can accomplish this:
  • Improve postsecondary data systems and increase data transparency.
  • Change financial aid rules to allow for multiple pathways to and through postsecondary education.
  • Support educational institutions, employers, students, and other stakeholders working together to increase student access to and success in high-quality education and training.

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