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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 […]

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

How America Pays for College 2016

Jun 30, 2016 | No Comments

A snapshot of the national study by Sallie Mae® and Ipsos

Survey: Parents, Students Underestimate Financial Aid Eligibility

Jun 30, 2016 | No Comments

Parents and students from low-income households were also likely to underestimate their chances of receiving financial aid.

Underestimating Financial Aid Eligibility

Jun 29, 2016 | No Comments

Slightly less than one-quarter of parents and 37 percent of students believe they will qualify for financial aid, according to the results of a survey released this week by Royall & Company, a division of the Education Advisory Board (EAB).

How to Count Higher Ed Costs

Jun 29, 2016 | No Comments

Critics say the Higher Education Cost Adjustment index leads to the wrong conclusions on state funding and policy.

Research Examines Barriers to College Access, Success

Jun 20, 2016 | No Comments

Socioeconomic gaps in college enrollment and attainment have increased over time, despite policy efforts to improve access and rising returns on a college education, according to a recent paper in the Economics of Education Review.

Access, Affordability and Survival in American Higher Education

Jun 10, 2016 | No Comments

Data show that American higher education is moving into dangerous and uncharted waters that demand different decisions based on new ways of thinking.

Report: Private Student Loan Underwriting Likely Blocks Out Low-Income Students

Jun 9, 2016 | No Comments

Private student loans currently make up about 9 percent of the multi-billion dollar overall student loan market, but low-income students are less likely to take out private loans, even when they face similar net prices as their higher-income peers.

The Missing Piece in the Debate Over College Costs

The Missing Piece in the Debate Over College Costs

Jun 9, 2016 | No Comments

It doesn’t matter what the price tag is when the value is good.

Pell Grant Program Projected to See $7.8 Billion Surplus Next Year

Jun 9, 2016 | No Comments

Expecting fight for the funds, two Democrats push to keep the money for students

Does Giving Students a Financial Incentive Help Them Graduate On-Time?

Jun 2, 2016 | No Comments

With a renewed focus on college completion, schools nationwide have been implementing programs over the last several years to encourage students to graduate on time.

Students, Families Should Be More Strategic About College Choices, Costs

May 26, 2016 | No Comments

While it remains clear that investing in a college education pays off, families should be more strategic in how they choose which college to attend and how to pay for it, according to anew paper from PricewaterhouseCoopers’ (PwC) Consumer Finance Group.

How Much are Young Americans Paying a Month on Student Debt? Less than You Think

How Much are Young Americans Paying a Month on Student Debt? Less than You Think

May 25, 2016 | No Comments

A typical borrower between ages 20 and 30 pays $203 a month toward student debt

Whom Do College-Affordability Efforts Help the Most?

Whom Do College-Affordability Efforts Help the Most?

May 25, 2016 | No Comments

A case study in the way some government, university, and private programs to help Americans pay for college have become more likely to benefit wealthier students than even the most academically talented lower-income ones.

What Happens When You Warn Students About Their Loan Debt?

What Happens When You Warn Students About Their Loan Debt?

May 21, 2016 | No Comments

Indiana University officials say borrowing by undergraduates at the school has dropped 18 percent since 2012. That’s when the university began sending students annual letters that estimate their total loan debt and future monthly payments, as part of a push to boost their financial literacy.

Financial aid “arms war” continues to drain cash from colleges

May 17, 2016 | No Comments

By offering steeper discounts to fill seats, institutions sap their revenue

More Than Tuition: High Uncertainty and Complicated Incentives

May 11, 2016 | No Comments

MoreThanTuition series will look at the ways data can highlight weird patterns in cost of attendance (COA) estimates.

How Effective Is Chivas Regal Pricing In Higher Education?

How Effective Is Chivas Regal Pricing In Higher Education?

May 11, 2016 | No Comments

Noah Askin and Matthew Bothner recently explored the prevalence and effectiveness of the Chivas Regal pricing strategy in American higher education, and in this interview Askin reflects on their findings and shares some thoughts on the limitations and potential for pricing to impact demand and prestige growth in the competitive postsecondary marketplace.