This year, GW was ranked No. 151 out of 179 economically diverse universities.
Middle-class families saw the amount they pay to attend GW after students receive financial aid rise at a faster rate than any other income bracket over five years.
While former vice presidential candidate Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis. is known more for his work as chairman of the House budget committee than his education policy, he recently released an anti-poverty plan with proposals for higher education that should grab GW students’ attention.
The University is getting some tough love for its efforts to make a GW degree affordable.
Experts say though the boost to financial aid funds keeps them on track with tuition increases, it may not give enough opportunity to students who need aid.
When GW makes a true commitment to something, administrators back up promises with hard goals and numbers. Otherwise, its college affordability plans are just press-release progress.
Higher education experts say the efforts to expand college access – in GW’s case, helping out with college preparation in low-income D.C. schools and partnering with more community colleges – likely won’t make much of a dent.
University President Steven Knapp will join about 140 higher education leaders at a White House summit Thursday to unveil new commitments to help low-income students attend and finish college.
The fund would help erase one of the most subtle components of campus class divisions: whether or not students on opposite sides of GW’s wide socioeconomic gap get a visit from mom and dad.
Senate leaders finalized plans to fund an agreement that would keep the interest rate on new federally subsidized student loans at their current rate of 3.4 percent, avoiding a hike that would double the current rate.