A new report from The Institute for College Access & Success (TICAS) has been released detailing mixed outcomes on the effectiveness of short-term education programs.
Some politicians have argued that those eligible for Pell Grants should be able to use Pell Grant monies it be at a four year, two-year, certificate program or other short-term or micro education programs.
Currently, in order for students to utilize Pell Grants, the programs must be offered on a for-credit basis, be approved by an accreditor and authorized by a state, and provide no less than 16 credits or 600 clock hours of instruction over the course of 15 weeks.
The TICAS report, which discloses that there is no national source of data for short-term projects, studied short-term programs in Texas, Missouri and Iowa and suggested officials be cautious about programs with fewer than 600 clock hours, as post enrollment employment varied widely. "In Iowa, for example, more than half of students attended programs where graduates earned an average of about $35,100. However, 44 percent of students attended health-related programs where they went on to earn about $17,200."
Full Report: The Institute for College Access & Success