Mandatory need analysis for federal financial aid programs determines what a family can reasonably contribute toward higher education costs. In most cases, the need analysis system accurately reflects a family's ability to contribute toward funding a college or university education. But in the last several years the system used to determine need has shown inequities to families in certain regions where home values have increased at much faster rates than in other parts of the country.
"A Question of Equity: The Effect of Home Value On Need Analysis,"
Journal of Student Financial Aid: Vol. 20
, Article 3.
Available at: http://publications.nasfaa.org/jsfa/vol20/iss3/3