Stated Briefly: Changes in Financial Aid and Student Enrollment at Historically Black Colleges and Universities after the Tightening of PLUS Credit Standards

Publisher: Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance, Regional Education Laboratory Mid-Atlantic
Apr 14, 2015
Authors
Matthew Johnson, Julie Bruch, and Brian Gill

The year after the U.S. Department of Education tightened credit standards for Parent Loans for Undergraduate Students (PLUS), both the share of PLUS participants and the loan dollar amounts declined substantially at historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs). Other types of federal financial aid did not fully make up for the decline. Enrollment at HBCUs decreased more than enrollment at other institutions, corresponding to the larger decline in PLUS recipients at HBCUs.