The major elements of higher education financing policy — appropriations, tuition and financial aid — need to be considered together in order to address college affordability. All three are intimately linked; decisions about one directly affect the other two. Typically, however, decisions regarding these policies are made independently. As a result, decisions in the legislature regarding appropriations or financial aid can lead to unintended changes in tuition, or worse — higher education finance policies that work against each other.
Align Appropriations, Tuition and Financial Aid Policy