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How can state policies promote college accessibility

College education is one of the most important aspects that advances a country's growth and is the main contributor to economic and societal development, which keep a country competitive in the global economy. An educated society reduces cases of poverty, increases the average wage, improves health outcomes, and maintains a civically engaged society. However, in recent years, higher education in the US became less accessible to its citizens. College education tuition has risen dramatically and is less affordable for low- and median-income students, which prevents many qualified students from pursuing the college education path. This project examines the systemic obstacles that prevent many high school graduates from enrolling in and completing college education. It attempts to address methods through which state policies and funding appropriations can effectively stimulate college attainment opportunities and increase college completion rates.

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