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Lumina Foundation for Education

Lumina Foundation Lessons

Excerpt: Many students face barriers to completing their college education, but for the students attending regional campuses of Indiana and Purdue universities in northwest Indiana the obstacles seem particularly steep.


Many are first-generation students working 20 to 30 hours a week to pay the bills while going to college. Some have families to raise.


Other students entered college from high schools where they had to share books – because each classroom had only one set of books, students couldn’t take them home to study.


Some students dropped out of high school, got in trouble with the law and now are returning to education as their way out of prison – but it's a long road back when it’s been years since high school algebra.


For these students supplemental support programs can be the difference between success and failure. Peer mentoring, tutoring, supplemental instruction – all of these opportunities can tip the very precarious scales in the students' favor. On average, according to school statistics, 35 percent to 40 percent won't make it to the sophomore year of college, and 75 percent won't graduate in six years. Download PDF...

USA Group
Annual Report

Excerpt: Early in 1997, Joyce Hall, director of the Division of Financial Aid at Purdue University, was faced with a challenge. Purdue, a large state university in West Lafayette, Indiana, specializing in engineering, agriculture and technology education, was juggling the disbursement of roughly $58 million in Stafford loans from 350 lenders. In a typical year, only about 17 percent of the loan funds was available by the first week of classes.


Many of the lenders had different loan processes. Students were confused.


"Students didn't know where to call, so they called us," Hall said, "more than 60,000 times a year."


The university formed a team to streamline the loan process and save students money. As part of that effort, the university formed a relationship with USA Group and five lenders. Download PDF...