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Business and Policy Areas
Business and Policy Areas

Student Loan Capital and Demand for Financial Aid

The current financing and financial aid trends suggest that colleges and universities continue to do all they can to hold down costs and increase aid provided to many financially needy students and their families. However, the current economic downturn has temporarily erased a significant amount of wealth due to falling stock markets, and the nation’s unemployment rate has risen in 2008 from 4.9 percent in January to 6.1 percent in September. The financial strains that families are feeling are real and significant, and are expected to lead to increased demand for financial aid from federal, state and institutional sources.