New report examines college affordability, highlights need for improved federal policy.

college-studentsStudent body presidents participating in a survey said they feel high college costs limit career opportunity, yet student leaders are vastly underutilized as stakeholders on and off campus.

High college costs limit college access and career opportunity by pricing students out of an education or opportunities to develop critical skills in extra-curricular activities and unpaid internships, according to a new National Campus Leadership Council (NCLC) report, “Student Aid and Job Readiness,” released in partnership with Blackboard.

Beyond helping policymakers better engage students, the report is intended to help give student leaders greater information about how to improve their efforts to make college affordable and improve career development.

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