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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...

Most Disconcerting of 2014: Minimum Wage Increases Pass in States Electing Republicans?

Mitch Rofsky | Posted 12.31.2014 | Politics
Mitch Rofsky

Democratic messaging is getting some post-election attention, but not the right kind of attention. For messaging isn't just tweaking style. If the Democrats are going to be successful, they need to reconsider their substance.

Don't Let the FAFSA Ruin Your Holiday Cheer: 10 Financial Aid Myths Debunked

Abigail Seldin | Posted 12.29.2014 | Education
Abigail Seldin

According to a recent analysis by Mark Kantrowitz, Senior Vice President at Edvisors Network and author of "Filing the FAFSA," roughly 2 million students who could have qualified for need-based Federal Pell Grants in the 2011-12 academic year never filed.

8 Reasons to Choose Travel Over Going to College

Kimanzi Constable | Posted 12.23.2014 | Travel
Kimanzi Constable

Remember what our generation was told growing up? "Go to college and get a degree, you'll then be able to get a good job." I think it's safe to say those days are over.

Freshmen: Do These 7 Things Now to Not Be Broke Later

Alexandra Rice | Posted 12.18.2014 | College
Alexandra Rice

For many students, college is full of fun firsts: your first time living away from home, joining a sorority or fraternity and tailgating for football games, to name a few. But all of those things cost money, and Mom and Dad won't be there to help you pay for everything.

Forcing Some Parents to Pay College Tuition

Margaret Ryznar | Posted 12.17.2014 | Politics
Margaret Ryznar

There are no analogous laws that apply to married parents, who are never forced by the law to pay for any part of their children's college education. But, married parents might pay anyway -- and willingly so.

4 Ways For Out-Of-State Students To Get In-State Tuition

| Posted 12.15.2014 | Teen

So you just got into this fantastic college that makes your parents sigh with relief. There's just one catch—you're an out-of-state student, and the...

The $7 Million University President

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 12.15.2014 | Education
Lawrence Wittner

RPI actually presents us with a glimpse of the future of higher education -- a future that we might not like very much.

Alena Hall

These Moms Are Helping Knit The World's Largest Christmas Stocking For The Best Reason

HuffingtonPost.com | Alena Hall | Posted 12.15.2014 | Impact

When both Lori Kleppe and Sarah Greene received news that their husbands would not be returning home from their military service, they lost more than ...

Community College Students Now Have Access to $200,000 Scholarship for Graduate School

Isa Adney | Posted 12.05.2014 | College
Isa Adney

Money is a huge barrier for community college students, and in more ways than just the practical. Sometimes, when you don't have money for something, it can create a tape inside your head that says you're not worthy. It's not logical, but it happens.

Why College Is Necessary But Gets You Nowhere

Robert Reich | Posted 01.24.2015 | Politics
Robert Reich

A college degree is worth the cost because it at least enables a young person to tread water. Without the degree, young people can easily drown.

Pay It Back: The Public and the Student Loan System

Kathleen Weldon | Posted 01.24.2015 | College
Kathleen Weldon

Despite the sticker shock, the public has consistently believed that college is worth the money -- though questions that mention actual dollar amounts tend to leave respondents somewhat more skeptical.

Freaking Out About Graduating? Don't.

Erin McKelle | Posted 01.19.2015 | College
Erin McKelle

Graduating from college affords you the luxury of living your dreams. Yes, it requires some hard work and perseverance but I promise you, your destiny is within reach.

As Costs Rise for Public Higher Education Our Citizenry Suffers CNN's, Ivory Tower Will Flame the Fire of Concern

Drew Stelljes | Posted 01.18.2015 | College
Drew Stelljes

On Thursday night CNN will air Ivory Tower, a documentary that explores the value of a college education.

Increasing Transparency in College Tuition Costs

Abigail Seldin | Posted 01.14.2015 | College
Abigail Seldin

One of the best-kept secrets in the college admissions process is the fact that tuition sticker prices rarely tell the whole story.