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UC Santa Cruz Student Protesters Cause Traffic Jam And Shut Down Campus

Dieter Holger | Posted 03.06.2015 | College
Dieter Holger

Millennial angst, for lack of a better term, fueled the 96 hours of demonstrations by students at UC Santa Cruz. Gen Y students are protesting on other University of California campuses against issues like 'police terror,' tuition hikes, and having to pay for education in general.

Higher Education for the Future: Plan B - Where Art Thou?

Dr. Ricardo Azziz | Posted 02.25.2015 | College
Dr. Ricardo Azziz

In addition to arguing passionately, even persuasively, that research universities in particular and higher education in general deserve greater state support, we are left with the unspoken question of what else we should be doing.

Paying For College: Are Scholarships Taxable?

Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz, CFP | Posted 02.26.2015 | Money
Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz, CFP

Dear Carrie, My daughter was lucky enough to receive a significant college scholarship. Is this considered taxable income to her? And does her scho...

When It Comes to Affording College, Everyone Deserves a Shot

P.G. Sittenfeld | Posted 02.24.2015 | Politics
P.G. Sittenfeld

Education has always been central to the American Dream: the promise that if you work hard, you can achieve anything. Unfortunately, the skyrocketing cost of student loan debt means that when millions of Americans should be building their careers, starting their families, and pursuing their dreams, they are instead being held back.

Politicians Are Always Giving College Students the Shaft: Why Shouldn't They?

Matt Teitelbaum | Posted 02.23.2015 | Politics
Matt Teitelbaum

As a politically active student, I am incredibly frustrated by the lack of political engagement demonstrated by my peers. When asked how they feel about the government, I find young people are very quick to blame politicians for many of their problems.

Students Fight to Keep Affordable College From Becoming Extinct

Jessica Adair | Posted 02.20.2015 | College
Jessica Adair

Much attention has rightly been paid to reforming student loans, such as making sure borrowers can refinance high-interest loans and expanding income-based payment options. These programs, though they would help millions of struggling borrowers, aren't a tourniquet, but only a bandage on a $1.2 trillion student debt crisis.

Let's Give Our Empty-Pocket College Kids a Fighting Chance

Warren Adler | Posted 02.17.2015 | College
Warren Adler

If there was ever a reason to defrock politicians, it is for their inherent inability to remove the needless barrier of debt that impedes the best and the brightest, the most ambitious and creative among the lesser financially endowed.

10 Weird But Worthy Scholarships for Students

Christie Garton | Posted 02.14.2015 | College
Christie Garton

Today, scholarships are necessary for students so they can get the most out of college experience. But not all scholarships are the same. There are some really unique and truly bizarre scholarship opportunities for prospective students.

Republican Rhetoric vs Reality

Sen. Charles E. Schumer | Posted 02.11.2015 | Politics
Sen. Charles E. Schumer

Democrats are encouraged to hear Republicans co-opting our rhetoric on the economy and we stand at the ready to work with Republicans to get things done for the middle class. But only when Republican policy proposals catch up to their rhetoric will we have an opportunity for real solutions.

A Better Way to Spend $60 Billion? Expand Pell Grants

Carolyn Ash | Posted 02.10.2015 | Education
Carolyn Ash

Let's make an even greater investment in the Pell Grant program. And let's eradicate labor market inequalities that reward white high school dropouts with greater access to jobs than black graduates with a community college degree.

It's Our Turn to Be Generous

Philip Gulley | Posted 02.05.2015 | Religion
Philip Gulley

We have forgotten that we benefited from the generosity of those who went before us. And now it is our turn to be generous, now it is our turn to return the favor, but we don't want to.

The Top 15 Colleges That Pay You Back The Most

The Huffington Post | Alexandra Svokos | Posted 02.05.2015 | College

If you want to avoid years and years of massive student debt and start making good money soon after graduation, a new "Colleges That Pay You Back" lis...

Affording College in a Time of Income Inequality

Equal Justice Works | Posted 02.04.2015 | College
Equal Justice Works

As long as higher education remains difficult to afford for low- and moderate-income families, we are falling short as a society of providing the full social, economic and individual benefits higher education can deliver.

The 529 Microcosm: A Revealing Political Train Wreck with Regard to an Inefficient Tax Break

Jared Bernstein | Posted 01.28.2015 | Politics
Jared Bernstein

This little train wreck over the White House's proposal and then retraction of a plan to cut back on a wasteful yet beloved tax benefit is highly instructive. It's a clear example of how much hot air there is in these fiscal debates.

Obama's Proposal for Free Community College: Reconnecting Education with Aspiration

John Hope Bryant | Posted 01.25.2015 | Impact
John Hope Bryant

If his K-20 proposal actually becomes law, thousands of young people whose hopes for college seemed as remote as landing a corner office job will have an entry into a world of possibility. They will have access to both a college and career pathway for the array of jobs requiring Associates degrees or certification.

Obama vs. the Student Debt Crisis

Kelsey Clark | Posted 01.22.2015 | College
Kelsey Clark

Ironically, attending college has placed many Americans on the slow track to success.

The President's Plan for Tuition-Free Education at Community Colleges

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 01.18.2015 | Education
William B. Bradshaw

The President has introduced only the grand idea of providing tuition-free education for all students attending community colleges, an idea which, at first glance, seems to have great merit. But at this point we know very few details.

How Obama's Free Tuition Plan Can Actually Help Low Income Families

HuffPost Live | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 01.13.2015 | College

Last week, President Barack Obama announced a plan that, if approved by Congress, would dedicate about $60 billion over 10 years to allow students to ...

President Obama Is Wrong: College Education is Not For All

David Cahn | Posted 01.13.2015 | College
David Cahn

Instead of sending unprepared students to college, the government should be encouraging these students to get apprenticeships or vocational training by investing in these programs.

'American Higher Education in Crisis?' -- A Fact-Filled and Thought-Provoking Must-Read

Dr. Ricardo Azziz | Posted 01.13.2015 | College
Dr. Ricardo Azziz

Goldie Blumenstyk's new book, American Higher Education in Crisis?, should be required reading for anyone interested in the future of higher education -- faculty, trustees, executives, and government officials, as well as analysts and pundits.

Income Sharing Agreements Could Help Fix the Student Loan Crisis

Jon Hartley | Posted 01.13.2015 | Business
Jon Hartley

A novel funding concept is sweeping the college education funding system by storm. Income Sharing Agreements (ISAs) are a financial vehicle in which a student receives a fixed amount of money to pay for their college tuition.

Blame the Schools!

Jonathan Haber | Posted 01.13.2015 | College
Jonathan Haber

If you read enough books and articles, or watch enough news segments about why colleges cost so freaking much (and supposedly deliver little for the price), a consensus emerges that tends to include the following premises.

Make No Little Plans

Robert Kuttner | Posted 01.11.2015 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

I recently got an email invitation from a Democratic congressional office to come to a "watch party" to view President Obama's State of the Union address. His "fourth-quarter priorities," according to the White House-inspired talking points of the message, are "home ownership, free community college, and high-paying jobs." That sounds pretty good. But if you unpack the specifics, the president is offering pretty weak tea. Obama proposes to have the federal government cover 75 percent of the cost, if states will participate. This could save students an average of over $3,000 a year. By contrast, the original G.I. Bill of Rights of 1944 covered living expenses as well as tuition. The point is that this Obama proposal is not going to be passed by the Republican Congress in any case, so why not think big and act bold? Why not propose something that would make a major difference in the lives of millions of moderate income Americans and dare the Republicans to oppose it?

'Free' Community College: Gift Horse or Trojan Horse?

Patricia McGuire | Posted 01.11.2015 | College
Patricia McGuire

President Obama's "America's College Promise" proposal for "free" community college is a great idea! A similar program in Tennessee, the site of President Obama's announcement, is apparently hugely successful. What could possibly go wrong with such a simple concept? Plenty.

Shahien Nasiripour

Obama's Free Community College Plan Promises To Shake Up Higher Ed

HuffingtonPost.com | Shahien Nasiripour | Posted 01.09.2015 | Politics

Some 9 million Americans could attend community college tuition-free under a proposal President Barack Obama announced Friday. His plan, which is s...