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College Affordability

Report Sheds Light on Higher Education and Income Mobility

Dr. Brian C. Mitchell | Posted 01.31.2017 | College
Dr. Brian C. Mitchell

There is plenty of data suggesting that education, particularly a college or university degree, leads to higher incomes. Less is known about the impac...

4 Ways To Tell Your Kid You Can't Afford His Dream College

The Huffington Post | Ann Brenoff | Posted 09.13.2016 | Fifty

There is a big disconnect between what college-bound teens assume their parents will pay for their education and what those parents actually can affor...

Most students borrow for college, but are they financially literate?

The Conversation US | Posted 08.11.2016 | Parents
The Conversation US

Catherine Montalto, The Ohio State University and Anne McDaniel, The Ohio State University August is here, and many families are preparing their chil...

Student Debt: A Political Battleground

Bob Hildreth | Posted 08.04.2016 | Education
Bob Hildreth

The politicization of the student loan program is only hurting disadvantaged students further. It is preventing healthy discussions on how to fix the perverse incentives built into the program, or how to better design programs that actually increase access, diversity, and affordability.

Want College to be Affordable? Start with Pell Grants

The Conversation US | Posted 08.01.2016 | Education
The Conversation US

By Donald E. Heller, University of San Francisco In her speech accepting the Democratic presidential nomination, Hillary Clinton talked about free co...

Making College (More) Affordable: One University's Moves To Put Inflation In Reverse

David Steele-Figueredo | Posted 06.30.2016 | College
David Steele-Figueredo

Let's agree that college affordability has become a hydra-headed monster. How do we count the ways? The seemingly inexorable rise in tuition. The r...

Parents Protest Unrelenting Tuition Hikes at Elite Colleges

Julie Halpert | Posted 06.08.2016 | College
Julie Halpert

When my daughter was accepted as one of the 1,700 students among 32,000 who applied to attend Duke University, my husband and I chose to swallow the $...

What College Means

Lateef Romeo | Posted 05.23.2016 | Black Voices
Lateef Romeo

The most powerful influence on a teenager is another teenager. Our shared experiences give us perspective and help us believe in ourselves and overcome any obstacles.

A Critical Look Inside Bernie Sanders' College For All Plan

Stephen Steinberg | Posted 04.14.2016 | Politics
Stephen Steinberg

If you have no interest in diving deep into these policies, reading the research and understand the dynamics as best you can -- which is totally fine, it's not for everyone -- then you probably shouldn't be passionately fighting for that policy in the first place, and definitely should not be personally attacking those who disagree.

The Billion-Dollar Business: American Universities Need a Wakeup Call

Rini Sampath | Posted 04.11.2016 | College
Rini Sampath

Whether it is liberalism, to enrich all lives with the right to education, or conservatism, to pay due respect to every dollar, that guides you -- finding a solution to the current college affordability crisis works in the favor of all Americans.

Criminal records create more than financial barriers to higher education

Rev. Vivian Nixon | Posted 04.06.2016 | Education
Rev. Vivian Nixon

Data shows education to be one of the most effective ways to keep people out of prison or from returning to prison. Unfortunately, many college applic...

Here's Why Bernie Sanders Is Polling So Well

Charles J. Reid, Jr. | Posted 03.31.2016 | Politics
Charles J. Reid, Jr.

A popular issue that Senator Sanders has made his own is reform of the minimum wage. The current federal minimum wage is set at $7.25. Americans instinctively know that it is no longer possible for individuals to live on such a wage.

A Game Changer for Students and Counselors

Julie Vivian | Posted 03.23.2016 | Education
Julie Vivian

As an advisor, I can forward on every scholarship opportunity in the world and encourage my students to apply for any program they find, but with increasing competition and even higher expectations, it is very difficult to rely on "winning" scholarship money or qualifying for grants amongst a field of so many other competitive applicants.

The Presidential Candidates on College Affordability

Bob Hildreth | Posted 03.15.2016 | Education
Bob Hildreth

Each candidate has identified college affordability and high student loan debt as important issues. And, while there is some overlap among their proposed remedies, sadly, none of the proposals get at the real root of the problem. They just put bandages on where some real surgery is needed.

Season of Choice

Seamus Carey, Ph.D. | Posted 03.07.2016 | Education
Seamus Carey, Ph.D.

Each year at this time, high school seniors and their families wait for acceptance letters from colleges and then agonize over the choice of where to go. This decision-making process has become a time of deep anxiety for many families.

All Students Can Learn, if Given the Right Opportunities

Miguel Martinez-Saenz | Posted 02.23.2017 | Education
Miguel Martinez-Saenz

While education has a number of legitimate goals, among the most central are promoting cognitive and socio-emotional development, allowing students to attain general knowledge and skills, and helping students become desirable from the perspective of employers. For the latter, they must graduate.

Helping More Americans Complete College: New Proposals for Success

Shaun Donovan | Posted 02.03.2017 | Education
Shaun Donovan

Today's good-paying jobs increasingly require a high-quality post-secondary degree or credential. That's why the Obama Administration has made historic investments in student financial aid to help ensure college stays within the reach of all Americans.

Friday Talking Points -- One No Trump

Chris Weigant | Posted 01.29.2017 | Politics
Chris Weigant

We have serious doubts that we'll see Trump at any future debates -- after all, if he can blow them off with impunity, why would he subject himself to them in the first place?

Higher Ed Funding Cuts, State by State

Michael Mitchell | Posted 01.28.2017 | Politics
Michael Mitchell

With state legislative sessions beginning across the country, it's a good time to remind lawmakers that funding for public two- and four-year colleges remains well below pre-recession levels in almost every state.

What Are States Going To Do To Make Higher Ed More Affordable?

Stateline (The Pew Charitable Trusts) | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 01.25.2016 | College

Students who applied early to the University of New Hampshire will know by the end of the month if they were accepted. Then many would-be Wildcats wil...

A National Service Act for the 21st Century

Tammy Duckworth | Posted 01.18.2017 | Politics
Tammy Duckworth

It is fitting that we honor Dr. King's legacy with a national day of service -- and I look forward to joining my neighbors this morning in volunteering to improve an inner-city Chicago public school -- but, as a society, we can do better than one single day of service.

Answering Common Questions About the FAFSA

SALT | Posted 01.14.2017 | College

Some higher education institutions require you to fill out multiple financial aid applications, but they all require at least one -- the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

This Will Make You Feel Better About Looming College Bills

The Huffington Post | Ann Brenoff | Posted 12.16.2015 | Fifty

For parents whose high school seniors are starting to hear back from colleges, the "holiday" season can feel more like the "OMG we can't afford to sen...

The House Did the Right Thing, But Will the Senate?

Rep. Mark Pocan | Posted 11.01.2016 | Politics
Rep. Mark Pocan

Besides making higher education accessible for low-income students, this program serves as an incentive for people who wish to go into public service by offering targeted loan cancellations for specific progression in areas of national need including teaching, nursing and law enforcement.

Average Student Debt Rises For Class Of 2014

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 10.27.2015 | Politics

College graduates from the class of 2014 owe an average of nearly $29,000 in student loan debt, according to a report released Tuesday. The annual Pro...