Blog: The Educated Reporter

Reporting on College Financial Aid? EWA Can Help

Who deserves money for college more: students whose test scores and grades qualify them for “merit aid” or students with greater financial need who might be unable to afford college otherwise? New research suggests that colleges might increasingly be favoring less-needy students, in a quest to boost their schools’ rankings and help their bottom lines. Does that finding hold up to scrutiny? And how do colleges’ decisions on need-based versus merit aid affect college enrollment and completion?

As part of our new EWA University series, we’re featuring a two-part webinar this week to help reporters answer these critical questions: 

Part One, to be held Tuesday at 2 p.m. EDT, will focus on the research: What do we know about how colleges and universities award merit aid and financial assistance? 

Part Two, scheduled for Thursday at 2 p.m. EDT, will feature veteran journalists from the higher ed beat who will share story ideas and tips for digging deeper into the often-murky realm of financial aid. 

Ready to register? Space is limited so sign up today!  Looking for help right now on these issues? Take a look at our EWA Topics Pages on higher education, including college affordability and finance