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From the PublisherThe media, higher education leaders, state and federal policy makers, administrators all will benefit from Wilkinson's analysis.
—Lawrence E. Gladieux, Former Washington Director, The College Board
. . . engaging and comprehensive . . . Bringing past, present, and future together in the concluding chapter, Wilkinson summarizes the lessons of three and one-half centuries and succinctly outlines the messages they hold for the continuing story of student financial aid in the United States.
—History of Education Quarterly
. . . insightful . . . Wilkinson's timely, readable, and even entertaining book contains rich appendixes, a glossary, notes, and bibliography. It deserves reading and discussion by college administrators, higher education officials, and public policy makers. . . . Highly recommended.
. . . a superb history of student-aid policies and practices in a dynamic environment influenced by social, cultural, economic, and political forces.
With an understanding of budgetary processes and pressures, this book explores how aid developed in America and plays out for students and schools alike. Through an engaging narrative the book's author blends stories with data. Don't be daunted by the fact that the first chapter begins in 1641—this is not a dry recounting of dates and events. Rather, in noting the conflicting purposes of student aid, the book connects past people and events to present ideas and practices.