The Cost of Advancement: Financial Aid & Savings Strategies for Post-Secondary Success

On September 13, 2010, JOTF, the Baltimore CASH Campaign, and the Maryland CASH Campaign co-hosted a forum on financial issues in post-secondary access and success. The forum featured three national experts, who highlighted strategies for improving need-based aid systems and for increasing savings opportunities. The event was supported by the Working Poor Families Project, and hosted by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.


Amy Ellen Duke-Benfield of the Center for Law and Social Policy began by discussing the financial barriers many low-income students face, and highlighted best practices in need-based aid. Mark Huelsman of the New America Foundation spoke on the importance and effectiveness of college savings for low-income families, and discussed key elements of a strong savings policy framework. Leigh Tivol of CFED concluded the forum by sharing details on a new initiative - the Partnership for College Completion - that gives students access to a college savings account and academic supports.


Click here to view Amy Ellen Duke-Benfield's presentation on financial aid barriers and opportunities.


Click here to view Mark Huelsman's presentation on college savings.


For more information or materials from the forum, please contact Andrea Roethke by e-mail or at 410-234-8303.

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