In December 2020, the Future Act and the FAFSA Simplification Act were signed into law.
At SightLine we are focusing on proactively supporting financially underserved students through changing FAFSA requirements and need-based aid qualifications. We are keeping a close eye on these changes to help our college and university customers seamlessly make the transition.
A familiar predicament with college and university financial aid directors and budget managers is "how do we know how much financial aid will we pay out when we don't know which students will return?".
Throughout 2021, the SightLine data science team worked with Arkansas Tech University and Grand Valley State University on student enrollment challenges, during a time of historical nationwide declining higher-ed enrollment.
Join the SightLine team at the CACUBO (Central Association of College and University Business Officers) Annual Meeting September 25-27, 2022. We will be an exhibitor and presenting a session on leveraging financial aid to increase enrollment and net revenue.
At SightLine we have had the pleasure of working with Michelle Rhodes, the Associate VP for Financial Aid at Grand Valley State University (GVSU) throughout the past year.
Colleges and universities are faced with the growing trend of becoming test optional or eliminating the use of test scores all together for admissions and awarding.
At SightLine, we believe that student success and university success go hand-in-hand. We have found that student employment on campus provides a natural framework for engaging with students, resulting in better long-term retention outcomes.
Financial aid and enrollment offices consistently have fewer and fewer resources at hand, while being asked to manage more complex enrollment cycles. This shouldn't be a wait-and-see experiment, when there are plenty of institutional and market level data to inform decisions.
Universities across the country have been financially strained due to COVID-19 operational disruptions. It is more important than ever to manage institutional financial aid budgets effectively and efficiently.
Whether you are driving your car, listening to music on your iPhone, or flying across the country, materials surround you. The world needs engineers and scientists who understand materials: to make them stronger, lighter, safer, greener, and more cost-effective.
The COVID-19 virus has completely changed life in America after just a few short weeks. Every day schedules, our shopping and eating habits, and even our interactions with friends and family have been disrupted.
As the VP of Enrollment or Director of Financial Aid, you may gain a better idea of the size and caliber of your incoming student class as the enrollment season progresses.
Performance based scholarships aim to reduce reliance on loans and provide incentives for academic success. This is particularly true for students identified as at-risk of dropping out. There are a variety of risk factors specific to each student and institution.
Finances play a significant role in student success, which we define as degree completion and skills mastery. Students need to feel secure in their ability to pay tuition in order to focus on the meat and potatoes of college life: academics and extracurriculars.
Higher Education is in the process of flux, of swift change that is set to take place over the next couple of decades, with dramatic effects felt as soon as the late 2020s.
This past week, the SightLine team presented at the Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education (NASPA) joint conferences; Closing the Achievement Gap: Student Success in Higher Education Conference and the
Higher education institutions have been under scrutiny in the public eye and are challenged to find and implement efficient business practices.