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The projects described below are in various stages of development and tie directly with our current research agenda. To keep abreast of new report releases, we invite you to become a registered user.

The UNCF College Account Program (UCAP) is an innovative initiative that strives to foster college completion among students from low-income families. The program focuses on mitigating the key educational and financial barriers that are faced by these families by offering sound options to help them plan for their child's future.

The inaugural UCAP program, the KIPP College Account Program (KCA) is based on a partnership between UNCF and the KIPP network of public charter schools— each a leader in its field. The program, now in its third year, serves students attending 29 KIPP middle and high schools in Washington, D.C., Chicago, New York, the San Francisco Bay Area, and Houston.

Parent PLUS Loan (PPL) Analyses
The Department of Education administers the PPL Program, which was established to help ensure that students with limited financial means have access to a higher education. Parents of undergraduates who meet eligibility standards can obtain loans to cover their child’s college-related expenses up to the cost of attendance. In October 2011, the Department of Education changed its interpretation of the regulation defining “adverse credit history” without providing advance notice, conducting an impact analysis or seeking stakeholder input. The Department’s policy change resulted in thousands of HBCU students losing the financial ability to complete their college degree.

FDPRI conducted analyses of the effect of this policy change on its member institutions and found that students attending the 37 member network schools were disproportionately impacted. See analysis here.

Understanding HBCU Graduation Rates
FDPRI is continually investigating the complex nature of HBCU graduation rates with the goal of helping to inform the education community and the public at large about the nuances involved in calculating accurate graduation rates. FDPRI released Understanding HBCU Retention and Completion (2012) to demonstrate the impact of student level factors on HBCU retention and graduation rates. The next report in this series will use data from the National Student Clearinghouse to illustrate the results of a more comprehensive HBCU graduation rate measure for UNCF member institutions.

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