Rachel Fishman


One Small Step for FAFSA, One Giant Leap for Students

When I worked in the College Planning Center in Boston’s public library, students started trickling in as early as October with questions about how they could apply for financial aid for the next academic year. We would have to turn them away explaining that the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, known as the FAFSA,… Read more »

College Decisions Survey: Deciding to Go to College

Today, New America’s Education Policy Program released the first in a series of College Decisions Survey briefs that analyze new survey data about what prospective college students know about the college-going and financing process. Part 1: Deciding to Go to College focuses on why students decide to pursue college in the first place and the… Read more »

Community College Online

Since American community college students are more likely to be older, commute to school, work part-time, and care for dependents than their public four-year and private nonprofit counterparts, they need access to more flexible pathways that meet their needs and move them toward a credential. Community College Online, a new report released today by New… Read more »