Rethink Policies that Penalize Poor Students

May 10, 2016 | No Comments

Colleges should be on some sort of financial hook when their students don’t succeed…

More evidence that the sky is not falling due to student loan debt

More evidence that the sky is not falling due to student loan debt

May 5, 2016 | No Comments

There’s a real risk that the political hysteria around student debt will dampen college enrollment among students who would benefit from enrolling in further education but are scared to borrow for it.

Student Debt Is About to Set Another Record, But the Picture Isn’t All Bad

Student Debt Is About to Set Another Record, But the Picture Isn’t All Bad

May 3, 2016 | No Comments

This spring’s college seniors will see a good return: higher starting salaries

Funding Higher Education as a Common Purpose

May 3, 2016 | No Comments

Last week the State Higher Education Executive Officers (SHEOO) released its annual report on the state of higher education finances. It shows that spending has increased moderately at the state and local levels and on a per capita student basis.

The (bigger than we realized) role race plays in college debt

May 3, 2016 | No Comments

Student debt is an inequality problem. Borrowing to invest in a good college education is a sound investment for many, if not most, young people. Debt is a problem for those whoborrow expensively to attend poor-quality institutions. And the debt problem has a strong racial dimension.

More Than Ever, Parents Weigh Paying Price for College Education

May 3, 2016 | No Comments

Financial experts say that parents’ decision to finance thousands of dollars to send their child to their “dream” school, may have a devastating impact on their future.

Racial disparities in education debt burden among low- and moderate-income households

May 3, 2016 | No Comments

Evidence now demonstrates significant variation in education-debt levels by race and household income, with Black and lower-income students accumulating higher levels of education debt compared to their White and upper-income peers.

The troubling use of ‘merit aid’ at public flagships and research universities

May 2, 2016 | No Comments

Eight public universities spent 100 percent of institutional aid on non-needy students in 2014-15

Bernie Sanders’ college tuition plan would disproportionately benefit the rich: study

Bernie Sanders’ college tuition plan would disproportionately benefit the rich: study

Apr 25, 2016 | No Comments

Families from the top half of the income distribution would reap 24% more than their less-wealthy peers, under a free college plan like the one Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders is proposing, according to an analysis published this week on the Brookings Institution website.

Is Affordability Really the Top Issue in Higher Ed?

Apr 25, 2016 | No Comments

DC Experts Weigh in During Panel Discussion

Why Lowering Interest Rates Won’t Fix the Student-Debt Problem

Why Lowering Interest Rates Won’t Fix the Student-Debt Problem

Apr 18, 2016 | No Comments

One researcher argues that lowering tuition and offering grants would help more people earn a degree.

What does cutting rates on student loans do?

Apr 17, 2016 | No Comments

Are lower interest rates the best route to a fairer, more effective student loan program? From the rhetoric heard in Congress and on the campaign trail, the answer appears to be “yes.” But both empirical evidence and economic theory show that lowering interest rates is a blunt, ineffective, and expensive tool for increasing schooling and […]

The future of college is not about it being free

The future of college is not about it being free

Apr 17, 2016 | No Comments

Free college may make for a terrific sound bite on the campaign trail, but it rings hollow. Framing the future of college as a debate about whether it should be free is a lost opportunity to discuss what’s really wrong with higher education in America — and a missed chance to help young Americans regain […]

Navigating the College Financial Aid Process: Unique Challenges for First-Generation Students

Apr 15, 2016 | No Comments

Students realize that they are requesting support worth as much as a quarter of a million dollars, so they complete all of these forms willingly and without complaint. But that doesn’t make the process any easier. Moreover, first-generation students often encounter additional challenges when it comes to completing the already complex assortment of financial aid […]

Student Debt Is Holding Back Millennials? Not So Fast

Student Debt Is Holding Back Millennials? Not So Fast

Apr 15, 2016 | No Comments

New research suggests student debt is indeed a barrier for college dropouts, but that it’s generally not holding back those who earned degrees

Report Ties State Aid to Improved Graduation Rates

Apr 15, 2016 | No Comments

Although other researchers have looked at how students benefit educationally from federal or institutional aid based on need, few researchers have specifically examined how need-based state aid helps its recipients’ prospects for college completion.

Pell grant formula simplification: How the details matter

Apr 12, 2016 | No Comments

A simplified Pell grant formula can make financial aid more predictable and effective for low-income students, even beyond students currently supported by the program. Many stakeholders have offered simplification proposals but grapple with how to balance simplicity with the guarantee that the right students receive the aid they need.

Why Upperclassmen Lose Financial Aid

Apr 11, 2016 | No Comments

Financial Aid for upperclassmen is especially inscrutable…

SHIFTING BURDENS

Apr 11, 2016 | No Comments

How Changes in Financial Aid Affected What Students and Families Paid for College from 1996 to 2012

Fewer poor students are being enrolled in state universities. Here’s why

Fewer poor students are being enrolled in state universities. Here’s why

Apr 11, 2016 | No Comments

In the face of increasingly tight budgets and pressures to demonstrate their effectiveness to legislators, more and more states are tying at least some higher education funding to student outcomes.

Fix student aid and FAFSA to help more students make better college decisions

Fix student aid and FAFSA to help more students make better college decisions

Apr 11, 2016 | No Comments

Next year, a federal reform will allow students to use income from two years before, called “prior-prior-year” income, in applying for student aid. This may seem like a minor change, but it has substantial implications for college access.

What Happened When American States Tried Providing Tuition-Free College

What Happened When American States Tried Providing Tuition-Free College

Apr 9, 2016 | No Comments

The idea of major state universities running tuition-free programs regardless of student or stipulation isn’t a completely foreign one. Though the exact quantity of U.S. public colleges that once offered it is unclear, history is dotted with anecdotes.

The real cost of college is confusing and hidden, new study says

Apr 9, 2016 | No Comments

Getting young people into college gets them nowhere if the cost of getting that degree has been poorly estimated and students can’t afford to finish, argues a new report by a University of Wisconsin sociologist.

Revamped Loan Payment System

Apr 5, 2016 | No Comments

After years of criticism from companies it hires to collect student loan payments, the Education Department plans to create a single standardized portal for borrowers to make payments.

Initiative Aims to Eliminate Gaps Between Rich and Poor Students

Apr 5, 2016 | No Comments

Citing disparities in graduation rates between students from rich and poor backgrounds, leaders from a group of public urban universities recently launched a new collaborative initiative to improve completion rates and eliminate the gaps.

Been accepted into college? Now it’s time to start negotiating for a better price

Apr 3, 2016 | No Comments

To universities’ and colleges’ unease, more students are demanding better deals.

Some investors, universities see a return in fronting students’ tuition

Apr 3, 2016 | No Comments

The idea of taking a piece of graduates’ future earnings starts to pick up steam.

Bracket Busted? Here’s the Sweet 16 of College Affordability

Mar 31, 2016 | No Comments

So congratulations to those schools in the Sweet 16. But for the potential influx of applicants, it’s important to look at the price of their newly-minted dream school.

Why More Students Are Leaving the U.S. for College

Mar 24, 2016 | No Comments

Forty universities in Europe offer English-language bachelor’s degrees to American students for an irresistible price: free.

Can Parents Measure The ROI Of College Tuition?

Can Parents Measure The ROI Of College Tuition?

Mar 24, 2016 | No Comments

Sarah Lawrence, at $61,236 per year, tops the list of the fifty most expensive colleges in the United States. Middlebury, at the low end of the fifty, costs $59,950. That’s just tuition, room and board, without counting all the other expenses. like travel, textbooks, computers, fees and dorm room accoutrements, which these days go far beyond a few […]