The Next Steps: Building a Reimagined System of Student Aid

By Betsy Prueter

A recent paper from the Brookings Institution’s Brown Center on Education Policy reviews 15 reports issued out of the Gates Foundation funded Reimagining Aid Design and Delivery (RADD) project. The report lays out the areas of agreement and disagreement among the fifteen RADD proposals and concludes by recommending that policymakers implement the reforms with the most widespread support.

In general, RADD proposals supported: – Streamlining the financial aid application process. – Delivering more robust information on institutional quality and financial aid eligibility to families earlier and more effectively. – Providing performance incentives for institutions. – Better accommodating non-traditional students and their needs.