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Pell Grants

Are You a Candidate for the Federal Pell Grant?

Credible | Posted 07.17.2015 | Education
Credible

Federal Pell Grants are a great way to receive funding for a college education that does not need to be repaid. Students can apply for Pell grants by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) application. However, not everyone who applies for the FAFSA will be eligible for a Pell grant.

5 Ways to Pay for College at Public Universities

Credible | Posted 06.26.2015 | Education
Credible

If you have exhausted all of your financial aid options and still have expenses to cover, you can search the private loan marketplace. There are plenty of online lenders available; just be sure to compare several offers to make sure you choose the best offer possible.

Congress Wants to Weaken the Pell Program. Here's Why They Shouldn't.

Tom Sullivan | Posted 06.11.2015 | College
Tom Sullivan

Colleges and universities are playing their part in making college accessible and affordable. But we can't do it alone. We need a strong partnership with the federal government, one where Pell awards are increased, not diminished in inflation-adjusted dollars.

5 Things You Need to Know About Student Debt as a Campaign Issue

Equal Justice Works | Posted 06.05.2015 | Politics
Equal Justice Works

Student loan debt will be a key issue in the 2016 presidential election - and it should be. The $1.3 trillion in student loan debt has become a defining economic factor for students and graduates across the country.

Let's Get Real: Prison Is No Place for Elitism

Rev. Vivian Nixon | Posted 06.01.2015 | Crime
Rev. Vivian Nixon

Targeting corruption in prison education programs without targeting it elsewhere only serves to limit options for an already-disadvantaged population without solving any wider problems.

The True Way to Reform is to Educate: Reinstate Pell for Incarcerated Students

Rev. Vivian Nixon | Posted 05.22.2015 | Politics
Rev. Vivian Nixon

Criminal Justice Reform has been on the minds and tongues of many this year, making what was once seen as a controversial subject become a more common talking point on both sides of the aisle.

A Half Century's Legacy at a Crossroads

Rep. James E. Clyburn | Posted 06.21.2015 | Politics
Rep. James E. Clyburn

We are at a crossroads. The Republican budget seeks to destroy the legislative legacy of 1965 that made great differences in the lives of so many ordinary people. Democrats must defend our proud legacy and fight against the efforts of those who seek to devalue the worth of hardworking Americans.

4 Ways the House Republican Budget Hurts Students

Equal Justice Works | Posted 06.16.2015 | Education
Equal Justice Works

These changes are projected to save the government $60 billion over 10 years. While this may sound like a lot, it is a mere two percent of the $3.02 trillion in tax revenue the federal government collected in fiscal year 2014 alone.

Our Children Are Our Future? Or Are They...

William Spriggs | Posted 06.03.2015 | Education
William Spriggs

The rest of the world fully understands that a nation going forward, in this century, must have a highly educated population. Historically, this same commitment has not been partisan in the United States.

Forgiven Loans Are Hidden Grants

Bob Hildreth | Posted 05.11.2015 | 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 04.26.2015 | 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 04.14.2015 | 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 04.11.2015 | 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 03.29.2015 | 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.