Funding and Finance

Resources on topics such as financial aid and funding models and formulas 

  • Case Study
November 2016

With growing interest in free community college programs, the Education Commission of the States released a policy brief that profiles different programs and lays out several policy considerations, including eligibility criteria, defining "free," and the timing of the tuition award.

  • Guide/Tool
December 2016

This brief from ECS examines the role that community colleges play in preparing learners for the workforce and outlines a blueprint for community colleges to support implementation of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). 

  • Research/ Report
December 2016

This report from the Center for Public Education examines the secondary CTE system in the United States and provides an overview of the history and purpose of CTE, including who enrolls, how it is funded and how it can be strengthened. 

  • Case Study
June 2019

This brief, the fourth in the Making Good on the Promise series, examines strategies state leaders can use to expand CTE opportunities for each learner.

  • Case Study
  • Guide/Tool
February 2017

This report from CLASP outlines how states can encourage equity through their community and technical college systems by including equity measures in their outcomes-based funding formulas.

  • Guide/Tool
November 2017

This guide from the College and Career Readiness and Success Center at the American Institutes of Research identifies the intersections and opportunities to strengthen workforce development through three federal laws: ESSA, Perkins and WIOA. 

  • Case Study
  • Snapshots
March 2019

This executive summary provides an overview of the progress New Skills for Youth states made in 2018 through the lens of equity and access. The report identifies common approaches states took to expand opportunities and connect marginalized learners with high-quality career pathways. 

  • Guide/Tool
July 2017

This resource from Education First, with support from the Overdeck Family Foundation, provides an analysis of 25 ESSA state plans and summarizes trends, innovations and exemplars focused on STEM education.

The Learning that Works Resource Center was developed through the New Skills for Youth initiative, a partnership of the Council of Chief State School Officers, Advance CTE and the Education Strategy Group, generously funded by JPMorgan Chase & Co