Funding and Finance

Resources on topics such as financial aid and funding models and formulas 

  • Guide/Tool
April 2017

This policy brief from the College and Career Readiness and Success (CCRS) Center describes how states can develop and implement their own definitions of a well-rounded education focused on improving college and career readiness aligned with workforce demand and economic development efforts.

  • Case Study
  • Guide/Tool
February 2017

This report from CLASP outlines how states can encourage equity through their community and technical college systems by including equity measures in their outcomes-based funding formulas.

  • Research/ Report
January 2017

This paper, produced by Advance CTE and ACTE, is the fourth annual review of CTE and career-readiness policies in the states and territories. The report highlights notable legislation, board rules, executive actions, governor-led initiatives and ballot measures in each state.

  • Research/ Report
December 2016

This report from the Center for Public Education examines the secondary CTE system in the United States and provides an overview of the history and purpose of CTE, including who enrolls, how it is funded and how it can be strengthened. 

  • Guide/Tool
December 2016

This brief from ECS examines the role that community colleges play in preparing learners for the workforce and outlines a blueprint for community colleges to support implementation of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). 

  • Case Study
November 2016

With growing interest in free community college programs, the Education Commission of the States released a policy brief that profiles different programs and lays out several policy considerations, including eligibility criteria, defining "free," and the timing of the tuition award.

  • Case Study
October 2016

This brief from National Skills Coalition profiles Arkansas’ Career Pathways Initiative program - which uses TANF funds to help low-income parents gain industry credentials - and identifies action steps that state policymakers, advocates and stakeholders can take to develop similar programs.

  • Research/ Report
August 2016

This report examines the broad range of community colleges in the U.S., looking at differences in student demographics, state and local financing, tuition, and state strategies to reduce student barriers to successful enrollment and completion.