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FAFSA Fix Will Mean Less Aid for Many

The Chronicle Of Higher Education | Posted 07.24.2014 | College

The U.S. Education Department will automatically reprocess the student-aid applications of tens of thousands of applicants who inadvertently overrepor...

Why We Should Cut The Federal Financial Aid Form From 130 Questions To 2

Business Insider | Posted 07.10.2014 | College

Last month, Senators Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Michael Bennet (D-CO) announced a draft bill to simplify the process for students seeking federal fina...

Is 'Christian College' an Oxymoron?

Steven Conn | Posted 09.01.2014 | College
Steven Conn

Academic freedom isn't being restricted at Christian colleges, because none of those places acknowledges academic freedom as the core principle of higher education in the first place.

Diverse Conversations: Let's Talk About Financial Aid

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 08.15.2014 | College
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

The Washington Post reports that the average college student will graduate with $25,000 in debt. With over $1 trillion in outstanding loans, student d...

Often Forgotten, Middle Class Students Get a Scholarship All Their Own

Alexandra Rice | Posted 07.15.2014 | College
Alexandra Rice

As costs for housing, food and gas rise, and the overall economy is sluggish, middle class families are feeling the pinch, making costly tuition out of reach for some. However, a new scholarship available in the fall promises to cut colleges costs for these families.

Top 5 Reasons You Should Apply for Financial Aid

Jodi Okun | Posted 11.17.2013 | College
Jodi Okun

If the alternatives are spending a little time to receive the financial aid to which you are entitled or putting yourself into debt to avoid paperwork, it seems that applying for financial aid makes much more sense.

Changing Financial Aid Could Save Students, and Taxpayers, Money: Testimony Before the House Education and the Workforce Committee

Council for Adult and Experiential Learning | Posted 09.10.2013 | Impact
Council for Adult and Experiential Learning

Let's support policies that make sense. We can't be penny-wise and pound-foolish when it comes to higher education and creating a sensible path for the American people to reach their full potential.

Moral Bankruptcy on Student Loans

Patricia McGuire | Posted 08.09.2013 | College
Patricia McGuire

Congress should be ashamed of itself for imposing more barriers to college access and completion because of its perverse inability to make any good decisions these days.

The Education Department's Hat Tip To Gay Parents

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 04.30.2013 | College

Students applying for federal student aid in 2014 will fill out a slightly different form than previous applicants. Rather than being able to report o...

How to Recognize a College Financial Aid "Scam"

Scott Weingold | Posted 04.27.2013 | College
Scott Weingold

The financial aid process is no stranger to scams, frauds... even theft. Here are some insights into today's most prevalent FAFSA scams so you'll know what to avoid if you see them.

LOOK: 15 Colleges With The Best Financial Aid

Posted 09.24.2012 | College

Getting into the best college means little if you have no way of paying for it. With so much work to do, it would be great to know that your universit...

Private Student Loan Borrowers Aren't Using All Their Federal Aid

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 09.14.2012 | College

A majority of college students who took out private loans to attend school didn't use the low-cost federal aid options that were available to them. ...

New Democratic Senate Bill: No Aid For 'Worthless' Degrees

| Joanne Jacobs | Posted 08.13.2012 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of The Hechinger Report's Community College Spotlight blog. Sen. Tom Harkin’s Protecting Students from Worthless ...

California Takes the High Road

Gary Brahm | Posted 10.10.2012 | College
Gary Brahm

Recent developments in higher education have experts pointing to California as the nation's leader in student advocacy and should set the stage for significant, necessary reform at the federal level.

'Military Friendly' Or Money Hungry?

AP | JUSTIN POPE | Posted 05.30.2012 | College

In press releases and ads, colleges love boasting they're "military friendly" and "veterans friendly" – and that isn't just because veterans are...

Applying for Financial Aid? Do Your Homework

Patrick O'Connor | Posted 03.31.2012 | Detroit
Patrick O'Connor

It's no surprise that financial aid is a big part of a student's decision to go back to school. The good news is that the federal government and private resources are offering more money than ever to meet this growing need.

Officials Target Misleading College Financial Aid Letters

AP | CANDICE CHOI | Posted 12.26.2011 | College

NEW YORK — Financial aid award letters can be misleading. In one common practice, for example, colleges highlight the total "out of pocket" cos...

Frustration With The Feds Over Financial Aid

Inside Higher Ed | Posted 09.18.2011 | College

BOSTON -- In a tough budgetary environment for federal financial aid, with even the bedrock Pell Grant Program on the chopping block, anxiety is omnip...

PHOTOS: 9 Key Points Of The Student Aid Bill

Huffington Post | Lindsay Dittman | Posted 05.25.2011 | College

The Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act, signed into law yesterday, will bring major reforms to America's higher education system. The law plans...

Dan Froomkin

Student Loan Overhaul Taking Filibuster-Proof Route To Overcome Corporate Opposition

HuffingtonPost.com | Dan Froomkin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Having finally decided to use the filibuster-proof budget reconciliation process to push health-care reform over the finish line, Democratic leaders h...