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UW's Bruecker co-authors report on financial aid and California Community Colleges

February 27, 2017

UW-Madison's Ellie Bruecker is a co-author of a new report from the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) that examines the role of financial aid in supporting students.

Bruecker is a doctoral candidate with the School of Education's Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis.

Aiding SuccessThe report is titled, "Aiding Success: The Role of Federal and State Financial Aid in Supporting California Community College Students."

The report's key findings focus around low-income students, financial aid and how it interacts with student success in California Community Colleges. Only 30 percent of students with an "expected family contribution" of zero dollars towards college graduated or transferred within six years. However, higher rates of financial aid associated with higher graduation or transfer rates. 

The report emphasizes the importance of federal and state aid for students to enroll in California Community College, especially for low-income students, and this financial aid leads to higher rates of success.

The report also states that success rates for all students need to be improved, since only 40 percent of students graduate or transfer within six years.

Bruecker co-authored the report with Colleen Campbell, Debbie Cochrane and Ivy Love.

For a ​summary of the report, check out this ACCT news release.