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What the Nation Needs: A Reauthorization Bill as Visionary as the Original

Muriel Howard | Posted 11.16.2015 | Education
Muriel Howard

After half-a-century, the Higher Education Act needs a major overhaul based on a fresh assessment of where we are as a nation, not a minor tune-up based on custom and habit. Let me explain.

New Data Shows Poor Students Are Still Struggling To Graduate College

ProPublica | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 09.28.2015 | College

A new report released Thursday provides a detailed look at the graduation rates of low-income college students. At many colleges, low-income...

Entering Prison With a Syllabus

Andy Watts | Posted 08.31.2015 | Education
Andy Watts

I've visited Robben Island three times as a college professor. Yet, it was only when I began teaching in a state prison in Nashville, Tennessee did I understand the full weight of Mandela's call to resistance.

College for Prisoners: U.S. DOE Should Select Adams State University for Pell Grant Funding

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 08.26.2015 | College
Christopher Zoukis

In my mind, and keep in mind that I've both taught in prison education departments and taken correspondence courses from a handful of schools, the selection should be Adams State University. They are the largest, most cost-efficient, and forward-thinking prison college program in the country.

The Carter Presidency Revisited

Bennet Kelley | Posted 08.23.2015 | Politics
Bennet Kelley

Since Democrats raced to distance themselves from Carter with almost as much vigor as Republican embraced him, the Carter failure meme has gone unchallenged for 35 years. With Carter's announcement that he is fighting advanced cancer, maybe it is time to set the record straight.

Pells and Prisons

Christopher Brauchli | Posted 08.14.2015 | Politics
Christopher Brauchli

The actions of many in Congress (such as Rep. Collins) suggest that a few years in prison may be every bit as valuable in preparing to serve in that institution as a few years spent in a different sort of institution of higher education.

Obama's Agenda to Give Prison Education a Second Chance

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 08.06.2015 | Crime
Christopher Zoukis

Obama's prison reform agenda is pushing on towards the possibility of achieving another milestone for the reduction of recidivism in this country.

Pell Grant Myth Busters: Why Pell in Prisons Isn't as Controversial as You Think

Rev. Vivian Nixon | Posted 08.05.2015 | Politics
Rev. Vivian Nixon

After reading several articles surrounding the Pell ESI announcement, and their accompanying reader comments, it is abundantly clear that many are misinformed about Pell Grants and the extent to which incarcerated Americans use the funds to pay for college.

Obama Is Reinstating Pell Grants For Prisoners

The Marshall Project | Paige Lavender | Posted 08.02.2015 | Politics

This article was originally published by The Marshall Project, a nonprofit news organization that covers the U.S. criminal justice system. S...

Are You a Candidate for the Federal Pell Grant?

Credible | Posted 07.17.2015 | Education

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

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 10.04.2015 | 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.