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Forgiven Loans Are Hidden Grants

Bob Hildreth | Posted 03.11.2015 | Politics
Bob Hildreth

Now Obama envisions directing $14.6 billion from the loan program toward Pell in the next 10 years. But money is needed to cover forgiven loans. If further expansion of the generous forgiveness clauses leads to another unanticipated shortfall, will this transfer of fund still be possible?

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.

6 Reasons to Love (Okay, Grudgingly Accept) Your Student Loans

Equal Justice Works | Posted 02.13.2015 | College
Equal Justice Works

Valentine's Day is coming up, but we know you don't want to put a ring on your student loans. Even if you can't love them, here are six good reasons to value your loans.

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.

College for All: Democratic Safeguard, Economic Necessity

Elisabeth Mason | Posted 01.27.2015 | Education
Elisabeth Mason

There was a time when you couldn't go to high school for free in the U.S. If you wanted education beyond the eighth grade, you'd have to find a school and pay for it. After all, what was the point of free, universal high school if most kids ended up on the farm or in the factory?

Free Tuition for Community College

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 03.26.2015 | Education
William B. Bradshaw

Currently, we have only a few of the specifics, and this week I will write about: what I do know about the proposal; the need for more particulars; arguments in favor of, and in opposition to, the proposal; and an alternative proposal.

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

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 03.19.2015 | 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.

Restore Pell Grants for Prisoners

SpearIt | Posted 03.18.2015 | Education
SpearIt

Unlike the devastating effects on prison education, the law's penal outcomes are less certain. There is little doubt that high recidivism rates across the country continue to impact public safety negatively with new offenses and new social harms.

5 Common FAFSA Questions and Answers You Should Know

Gianna Sen-Gupta | Posted 03.16.2015 | Money
Gianna Sen-Gupta

The free application for federal student aid, or the FAFSA, is your ticket to paying for college in 2015, especially if your family can't afford to pay full freight.

Obama's Free Community College Plan Rewards Frugality

Regina Deil-Amen | Posted 03.15.2015 | College
Regina Deil-Amen

President Obama's plan to make the first two years of community college free would finally reward rather than punish students who are frugal about college costs.

The Budget Deal and the Run-Up to 2016

Robert Kuttner | Posted 02.13.2015 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

In principle, Saturday's vote to keep the government open should be the perfect curtain-raiser for the political debates between now and the 2016 election. As their price for averting a government shutdown, Republicans demanded and got a gutting of one of the most important provisions of the Dodd-Frank Act, preventing banks from speculating with government insured money. Agencies hated by Republicans such as the Environmental Protection Agency took big cuts, and a rider was inserted permitting "mountaintop removal" coal mining once again. Another extraneous provision demanded by conservatives permits massive increase in individual campaign contributions. Far worse will be directed at ordinary working families when the new Congress meets in January.

Shahien Nasiripour

Congressional Leaders Agree To Cut Aid To College Students To Pay Student Loan Contractors

HuffingtonPost.com | Shahien Nasiripour | Posted 12.10.2014 | Politics

House and Senate leaders have agreed to cut funding for the nation’s largest source of grants for college students to pay student loan contractors, ...

Shahien Nasiripour

Senate Democrat Wants To Take Money From College Students To Pay Loan Contractors

HuffingtonPost.com | Shahien Nasiripour | Posted 12.06.2014 | Politics

An outgoing Senate Democrat wants to take federal money from low-income college students to pay student loan contractors, whose tactics toward borrowe...

Margo Wright: How an App Could Help Low-Income College Students Graduate

Significance Labs | Posted 09.22.2014 | Technology
Significance Labs

Over the past two months, my team at Significance Labs has investigated how and why first generation community college students in New York City start to run into trouble. We confirmed that there are a plethora of barriers which prevent first generation students from earning a degree.

The Education Apocalypse--20 Years of Ongoing Fall Out

SpearIt | Posted 09.16.2014 | Crime
SpearIt

This year marks the twenty-year anniversary of the 1994 Omnibus Crime Bill, the legislative bombshell that effectively eliminated higher education in prison.

No, Education Isn't Enough to Get You Out of the Ghetto

Anthony W. Orlando | Posted 08.06.2014 | Politics
Anthony W. Orlando

Over 73 million adults have a college degree in this country, but less than 2 million of them are members of the One Percent. Most earn less than a fifth of what they'd need to qualify for the One Percent.

Ryan Budget Gets 69 Percent of Its Cuts From Low-Income Programs

Richard Kogan | Posted 06.03.2014 | Politics
Richard Kogan

These disproportionate cuts -- which likely account for at least $3.3 trillion of the budget's $4.8 trillion in non-defense cuts over the next decade -- contrast sharply with the budget's rhetoric about helping the poor and promoting opportunity.

Why I Still Go to Washington

Adam Kirk Edgerton | Posted 05.18.2014 | Education
Adam Kirk Edgerton

Are we that far off from our own American oligarchy, our own American nightmare, when our children, who have few voices in Washington, continue to be ignored? And what business do businessmen have telling teachers how to teach?

Re-Learning Education

James Moore | Posted 04.28.2014 | Education
James Moore

For-profit and online education, however, are consistently under attack for costs and quality of education, and the inevitable question is whether a profit motive detracts from educational standards.

Let's Consider Complex Realities That Students Face When Rating Colleges

Dr. Charles R. Middleton | Posted 03.23.2014 | College
Dr. Charles R. Middleton

I fully expect the educational results for the 2008 cohorts to be a mirror of the financial trauma they and our nation experienced and that many of our most vulnerable citizens still know all too well today.

When Congress Cut Pell Grants For Prisoners

Washington Post | Posted 12.04.2013 | College

Nearly 20 years ago, Congress ended a notable federal effort to support higher education behind bars. Inmates of state and federal prisons became i...

A Better Way to Help Low-Income College Students

Tom Snyder | Posted 01.27.2014 | College
Tom Snyder

We need to make it easier for community college students to enroll and get a degree by making sure that whether they enroll for twelve credit hours or fifteen that a Pell Grant will provide a financial safety net covering most of their expenses.

Student Loans Are a Good Deal for Students and the Government

Richard Kogan | Posted 01.25.2014 | Education
Richard Kogan

Many have proposed improving the federal student loan program to make it simpler, more targeted, and more effective, and it no doubt could be. Nevertheless, the student loan program as it stands is a good deal for both students and the government.

College Board Challenges the Pell

Bob Hildreth | Posted 01.25.2014 | College
Bob Hildreth

Brave as it is to suggest changes in a cow so sacred as the Pell, the College Board needs to go further. To succeed, the plan must promote a strong role for families to save, learn, and take control of their own college process.

Silly Season at the US Department of Education

Patricia McGuire | Posted 01.23.2014 | DC
Patricia McGuire

Can anybody have a serious difference of opinion with the Secretary Arne Duncan without being dismissed as silly?