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Everything You Need to Know About the Federal Pell Grant

Stephen Dash | Posted 07.11.2015 | Education
Stephen Dash

A Federal Pell Grant is a great way to receive funds toward your college education that do not need to be repaid. This is one of the reasons why it is important for students to fill out their FAFSA each year.

GOP Would Freeze Pell Grants For 10 Years, Despite Program Not Keeping Up With Cost Of College

Inside Higher Ed | Posted 03.18.2015 | College

WASHINGTON -- Kicking off what will likely be months of contentious budget battles, Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday releas...

Revisions to Higher Ed Act Could Cost Taxpayers More

Wendy B. Libby | Posted 02.08.2015 | College
Wendy B. Libby

As students and families continue to financially recover from the lingering economic downturn, federal student aid remains key to providing access to higher education for low- and middle-income students.

Financial Aid Doesn't Always Mean Free

Alexandra Rice | Posted 07.01.2014 | College
Alexandra Rice

The term encapsulates two types of aid: One that is free (grants and scholarships) and one that has to be paid back (loans).

My Federal Student Loans Doubled Since I Defaulted

Steve Rhode | Posted 01.25.2014 | Business
Steve Rhode

Huffington Post Reader Question Dear Steve, I went to a tech school right out of high school and accrued 3100 in fed student loans. I defaulted afte...

Hey, Paul Ryan -- We All Depend on Government - Even You (and Your Mom)!

Peter Dreier | Posted 08.21.2013 | Politics
Peter Dreier

Rep. Paul Ryan is back to his old tricks, demonizing people who rely on government to improve their lives. This week, his target was food stamp recipients.

If You Guarantee A Pell Grant To An 8th Grader, Will It Change His Life?

Inside Higher Ed | Posted 02.17.2013 | College

Early-commitment scholarships -- in which a donor offers to pay the way for a class of students to attend college, for example -- have been an occasio...

College Tuition Rises As Financial Aid For Students Stalls

Posted 10.24.2012 | Education

While tuition at public and private colleges alike continues to rise, total grant aid for students stalled in 2011-12, according to two recent reports...

Financial Aid Letters Often Leave Students Confused and Misinformed

propublica | Marian Wang | Posted 12.16.2012 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of ProPublica. The financial aid award letters that colleges send to prospective students can be confusing: Many mi...

The Government's New Way of Measuring Student Success: Implications for Black Colleges

Marybeth Gasman | Posted 06.12.2012 | Education
Marybeth Gasman

The new federal measurements are not official yet and they are not perfect, but they are a start. We are on our way to capturing student success, in terms of graduation rates, in a more complete and fair manner.

Medicaid: Help in Hard Times

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 04.25.2012 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Medicaid is vital -- it provides hundreds of millions of children who are poor or have disabilities with comprehensive health coverage enabling them to become productive, taxpaying members of society.

Strain On College Financial Aid With More People In Poverty

Youth Radio -- Youth Media International | Posted 11.15.2011 | College
Youth Radio -- Youth Media International

Originally published on, the premier source for youth generated news throughout the globe. By: Robyn Gee The recent Census Bureau d...

Graduate Students Hit Hard In Debt Deal

Posted 10.01.2011 | College

The debt deal reached by Congressional leaders and President Obama would keep the nation from defaulting on its loans, but it would make graduate scho...

The Most Insane Cut

José Cruz | Posted 09.24.2011 | College
José Cruz

Over the past 30 years, college tuition has grown at 4 times the rate of inflation. Now, with the current debt-ceiling talks, the maximum award would drop by 45 percent. Nearly 1.5 million students would lose their Pell Grants altogether.

Missing From the Debate Over the Deficit: The Human Costs of Budget Cuts

Deborah Weinstein | Posted 08.02.2011 | Politics
Deborah Weinstein

By Deborah Weinstein and Melissa Boteach Listening to the politically-charged debate over the budget deficit and federal debt limit it's easy to forg...

In The Public Interest: Sallie Mae, That's Just Not Right!

Chris Lindstrom | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Chris Lindstrom

These days, Sallie Mae doesn't seem to be focusing much on helping students find "the right student loan." Instead, the company is campaigning heavily against the Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act.

The F Word: Better Uses for Bankers' Billions

Laura Flanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Laura Flanders

What could be done with the $20 billion in Wall Street bonuses paid out this year? You could pay the salaries of more than 390,000 public school teachers across the country.

Pell Grant College Aid Program Will Fall $18 Billion Short

AP | LIBBY QUAID | Posted 05.25.2011 | College

WASHINGTON — The Pell Grant program for needy college students is facing a massive shortfall as the country's bleak job market drives people bac...