Ohio is the 45th most expensive state to attend college. This is due to declining federal financial aid, the state’s historic disinvestment in higher education, and higher than average tuition costs. With the ever-widening attainment gap between high- and low-income individuals, we need to address the issue of college affordability if we are to make progress toward the state’s 65% attainment goal by 2025.
In January, the Higher Education Compact, in partnership with College Now, was awarded a $40,000, two-year state policy advocacy grant from the National College Access Network (NCAN). Only 17 organizations nationally were awarded one of these advocacy grants.
This grant allows the Higher Education Compact to expand its state-wide affordability work which began with a report published in June 2016. Since the 2016 report, the Compact has worked with its partners across the state to advocate for increases in OCOG – the Ohio College Opportunity Grant. This effort led to an increase of $12.9 million (6.9%) in the 2018-19 Biennium Budget. The Compact will use these NCAN funds to bring more students, community members, and stakeholders into the conversation while focusing on making college affordability an issue in the Ohio gubernatorial elections.
What to learn more about this initiative? Email Margie Glick, manager of partnerships and programs.