Behind the Shake-Up at Temple U.: A Merit Scholarship That Grew Too Fast

Aug 3, 2016 | No Comments

It’s clear that the $22-million shortfall caused by a new merit-scholarship program played a large role in the leadership shake-up.

Five lessons I learned the hard way from the college application process

Aug 3, 2016 | No Comments

At my lowest moment during the college application process, I closed the blinds in my room and buried my head in despair.

How important are high school courses to college performance? Less than you might think

Aug 3, 2016 | No Comments

While there are certainly many economic and cultural factors in long-term dropout rates, we argue that an overlooked hurdle to solving the problem is short-sighted measurement: education leaders too often judge high school success by high school metrics, not whether students end up with the knowledge and perseverance to attain a degree.

Experts: Direct More Institutional Aid to Low-income Students

Aug 3, 2016 | No Comments

Colleges and universities should rethink the way they distribute institutional aid in order to matriculate more students who lack the means to pay, several scholars said Thursday at a discussion on enrollment management.

Consumers get more information about a purchase they once made on trust: college

Aug 2, 2016 | No Comments

As the price keeps rising, pressure builds to reveal details of the return on this investment

Student Loan Borrower Relief Hiding in Plain Sight

Jul 30, 2016 | No Comments

As this national conversation over college affordability continues, there is a particular urgency to address the concerns of student loan borrowers who have already left school.

How important are high school courses to college performance? Less than you might think

Jul 30, 2016 | No Comments

While there are certainly many economic and cultural factors in long-term dropout rates, we argue that an overlooked hurdle to solving the problem is short-sighted measurement: education leaders too often judge high school success by high school metrics, not whether students end up with the knowledge and perseverance to attain a degree.

Do Colleges Need to Be Need Blind?

Jul 30, 2016 | No Comments

Some maintain that they can drop the policy and preserve access, but those who have gone need blind have seen gains in student diversity.

New Rules for College Financial Aid Accounts

Jul 29, 2016 | No Comments

AS college students prepare for a new academic year, they can expect changes in the process of choosing a bank account to receive their financial aid balances.

What everybody thinks about student debt is wrong

Jul 29, 2016 | No Comments

The people having the hardest time repaying their student loans are not graduates with six-figure debt, rather they are borrowers who took out a fraction of that amount, attended for-profit or community colleges, and never earned a degree, according to a report released Tuesday by the White House.

The Truth About Higher Education And Student Loans

The Truth About Higher Education And Student Loans

Jul 29, 2016 | No Comments

Over the past twenty years, student debt has risen rapidly and now totals $1.3 trillion, the second largest category of consumer debt. With the rise in student debt, and the deep recession, defaults and delinquencies had also increased sharply, though over the past couple of years, they have stabilized and started to fall modestly. That’s […]

Study: Private Colleges Up Tuition Discounts

Study: Private Colleges Up Tuition Discounts

Jul 29, 2016 | No Comments

Most freshmen at private, nonprofit schools are receiving some form of grant-based aid, a study finds.

What’s Behind the Ballooning Upper Middle Class? Education

Jul 29, 2016 | No Comments

The upper middle class is surging, according to a recent study. One big reason: Its members are passing on more than money.

Race-Conscious Admissions Policies Face More Tests After ‘Fisher’

Race-Conscious Admissions Policies Face More Tests After ‘Fisher’

Jul 29, 2016 | No Comments

Lost in all the analysis of the Supreme Court’s recent decision in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, which approved the university’s affirmative-action plan, is the fact that the court had traveled 38 years in time only to end up where it started.

Report: Colleges Need to Support, Integrate Access Programs for Maximum Impact

Jul 20, 2016 | No Comments

Many colleges and universities are involved with programs aimed at increasing access and success for low-income, first-generation, and minority students. But in order to fully maximize the impact those programs can have on students’ lives, institutions need to take the initiative to fully integrate them into the campus culture, and ensure they have the support […]

Too Late? Too Little: The Timing of Financial Aid Applications

Jul 20, 2016 | No Comments

When a FAFSA is filed matters. While federal Pell Grants are awarded as long as the FAFSA is filed by the summer following the funded academic year, most state and institutional grants have limited funding and specific deadlines that fall more than a year earlier.

4 ways colleges are outsmarting data challenges

Jul 18, 2016 | No Comments

Colleges and universities turn to self-service analytics for better results, solving data challenges

The student loan problem no one is talking about

The student loan problem no one is talking about

Jul 18, 2016 | No Comments

More than one-quarter of student loan borrowers have debt, but nothing to show for it.

ROI And The Value Of Higher Education

Jul 18, 2016 | No Comments

There has been considerable discussion in higher education these days about “return on investment,” or ROI.

College costs are out of control

College costs are out of control

Jul 18, 2016 | No Comments

A college education is now the second-largest expense an individual is likely to make in a lifetime — right after purchasing a home. Ironically, one of the reasons the price tag continues to climb is the abundance of loan dollars that discourages schools from keeping their costs in line.

Postsecondary Institutions and Cost of Attendance in 2015-16; Degrees and Other Awards Conferred, 2014–15; and 12-Month Enrollment, 2014–15

Jul 18, 2016 | No Comments

This First Look provides users with access to IPEDS data soon after the close of data collection. This report is based upon preliminary data that have not been extensively reviewed or edited.

Outcomes-Based Funding: Lessons for Colleges and Universities

Jul 18, 2016 | No Comments

New papers show how institutions can align programs and finances to support student success

Do We Agree That College Should Be Affordable?

Jul 18, 2016 | No Comments

When we consider the numbers, the degree to which college has become unaffordable is shocking.

College and the New Class Divide

Jul 18, 2016 | No Comments

Contrary to college standing as an open thoroughfare for Americans wanting to improve their lives, it has become a gated toll road primarily available to those from middle-class and upper-class families.

Parents Are on the Hook for Nearly Every New Private Student Loan

Jul 15, 2016 | No Comments

Nearly every, or 94%, of private student-loan dollars distributed to undergraduates for the 2015-16 academic year had more than one borrower on the hook for the debt–the student and a cosigner, according to the report. That figure has been rising in recent years and is the highest since 2008-09, the farthest back that MeasureOne reports […]

Commentary: Let’s Level The Playing Field In The College Admissions Game

Commentary: Let’s Level The Playing Field In The College Admissions Game

Jul 15, 2016 | No Comments

What does it take to get into a top college? Good grades? High SAT scores? Service trips to Central America? All of these help — but what might be most important is knowing how to play the college admissions game.

Public Opposes Affirmative Action

Jul 14, 2016 | No Comments

Supreme Court decision, praised by college leaders, is opposed by nearly two-thirds of adult Americans. Support is higher for considering athletic ability or alumni child status than race in admissions.

Public Colleges Chase Out-of-State Students, and Tuition

Public Colleges Chase Out-of-State Students, and Tuition

Jul 14, 2016 | No Comments

A state audit in March reinforced what many California parents already suspected: On a constant hunt for more revenue, the prestigious University of California system gave favorable admissions treatment to thousands of higher-paying out-of-state and foreign students, to the detriment of Californians.

The Best Schools Are Bargains For High-Performing, Low Income Students

The Best Schools Are Bargains For High-Performing, Low Income Students

Jul 7, 2016 | No Comments

For students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds, many of whom are first-generation college-goers, attending a highly selective university or college can open the door to an array of lifelong opportunities and benefits, from rigorous academics and first-class resources to well-connected professors, alumni and classmates.

Taking More Courses May Help Solve the College Debt Crisis

Taking More Courses May Help Solve the College Debt Crisis

Jul 6, 2016 | No Comments

Even though schools often encourage students to ease into their credit requirements