Advocacy and Funding Articles

Advocating for year-round Pell Grants

Nearly 40 percent of all community college students receive a Pell grant. For some of these students, a summer break in classes can lead to a permanent break. Offering year-round Pell (YRP) can eliminate that break and help students persist, leading to completion. Congress is closer than ever to reinstating YRP, which was eliminated in […]

Advocating for Technical Education on the Hill

Last month, Ray Perren, president of Lanier Technical College in Oakwood, Georgia, testified before the House Small Business Committee during a hearing titled “The New Faces of American Manufacturing,” which focused on how to best prepare the next generation of U.S. manufacturing workers. In his testimony, Perren called for a “Sputnik moment” in manufacturing-workforce development […]

Community College Foundation Finds Success

The Foundation for Maine’s Community Colleges recently celebrated a big milestone: It has raised over $32 million in five years. The foundation was created in 2009 in an attempt to cultivate business and foundation leaders who value the role community colleges play in meeting the state’s challenges. Leon Gorman, the former president of L.L. Bean […]

How Wyoming Community Colleges Updated Their Funding Formula

Until the close of Wyoming’s legislative session in March, funding for the state’s seven community colleges — located in Cheyenne, Casper, Sheridan, Riverton, Rock Springs, Powell and Torrington — was primarily based on enrollment numbers more than 10 years old. “Basically, at the beginning of every two-year cycle, we go back to [allocated funding based […]

Best Practices From an Emergency-Assistance Grant Program

Emergency-assistance grants have helped students at 16 Wisconsin technical colleges stay in school and receive degrees or certificates — and the program’s funder credits strong institutional support as a key reason for its success. In 2012, Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corporation awarded $1.5 million over three years to establish emergency grant programs at each […]

Measuring Your Value to the Community

Want to know how much money the Dallas County Community College District (DCCCD), in Texas, generated for its region in 2012–13? (The answer is $4.8 billion.) Or how many jobs that equates to? (More than 70,000.) Or how much money DCCCD students earn in higher wages for every $1 they invest in tuition and other […]

Fundraising Lessons From the Best

In the 15 years that he’s been in charge of fundraising at Northeast Mississippi Community College, in Booneville, Mississippi, Patrick Eaton has helped bring in $17 million in donations for the school. That longtime record, along with some of his most recent successes, earned Eaton the Council for Resource Development’s 2015 Campus Impact Award for […]

FAFSA Changes Expected to Affect State Aid Programs

The U.S. Department of Education plans to change states’ access to data from the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) beginning in 2017. But some state leaders fear this change will make it harder for them to administer their state aid programs, which could have a trickle-down effect on community college students and the […]

Time to End the Perkins Loan Program?

Officials at Lane Community College, in Eugene, Oregon, are unsure whether they will continue offering Perkins loans to students next year — and they likely aren’t alone. Although the federal Perkins loan program has helped about 30 million students in its 57-year history, according to Betsy Mayotte, director of regulatory compliance for American Student Assistance, […]

What’s on the Legislative Agenda for 2016?

Community colleges will be getting a lot of attention on Capitol Hill in 2016. Besides legislation supporting President Obama’s call for tuition-free community college, AACC will be watching to see whether Congress finally reauthorizes the Higher Education Act and the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act, both of which are overdue for a […]