Issue Based

First Tuesday: The State of College Affordability

First Tuesday: The State of College Affordability

Event details

Tuesday, April 7, 2015
10:00am to 11:30am PDT
Philanthropy Northwest Office,2101 Fourth Avenue, Suite 650, Seattle WA 98121

About this event

Many Philanthropy Northwest members make consistent – and significant – investments in improving both access to, and the affordability of, higher education. However, affordability and access are highly complex issues that lend themselves to different perspectives and questions about the most strategic approaches to filling gaps. 
Join us as we explore – via a peer learning model – several questions related to higher education affordability: 
  • What does a typical student experience when seeking funding? 
  • How does this vary across income levels, geography or demographics?
  • What do “atypical” or “nontraditional” students experience? 
  • What are the biggest obstacles for students? 
  • What are the opportunities for students and those who support them? 
  • What opportunities are specific to scholarship providers and/or those who provide funding to higher education organizations? 
  • What promising models are there for understanding affordability at the state level?
The conversation will be led by: 
  • Christine McCabe, executive director, College Spark Washington 
  • Erika Orsulak, program director, Washington Women in Need
  • Rachelle Sharpe, senior director of student financial assistance & support services, Washington Student Achievement Council 
  • Amy Weinstein, executive director, National Scholarship Providers Association 
This event is appropriate for Philanthropy Northwest members, higher education funders and scholarship providers. The goal is both to share knowledge of what each organization is finding in its work, but also potentially uncover new opportunities for networking or collaboration. The event, while predominantly led by organizations in Washington State, is applicable to all Philanthropy Northwest members and scholarship providers in the Northwest. Dial-in information will be provided upon registration for those who cannot attend in person. 
If you are a member and would like to replicate a similar program in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon or Wyoming, please contact Kristen Holway
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Who Already Registered
The Oregon Community FoundationWashington Apple Education FoundationIndependent Colleges of WashingtonStolte Family FoundationBristol Bay Native Corporation Education Foundation