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It's Time for a Debt-Free Guarantee

Ethan Senack | Posted 10.25.2016 | Education
Ethan Senack

As a nation, we've long believed that education is a gateway to greater opportunity. In keeping with that priority, we've taken significant steps tow...

Cal State To Participate In Second Chance Pell Pilot Program

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 09.27.2016 | Crime
Christopher Zoukis

The Department of Education has announced a Second Chance Pell Pilot Program as part of the Barack Obama administration's goals to have a fairer criminal justice system, reduce recidivism, and reduce the impact of the effects of incarceration on communities.

Yes, There’s Enough Money To Make Public College Debt-Free And Tuition-Free

Robert Shireman | Posted 08.16.2016 | Politics
Robert Shireman

When Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders joined forces last month, they combined their higher education plans into an approach that aims to make public...

Student Debt: A Political Battleground

Bob Hildreth | Posted 08.04.2016 | Education
Bob Hildreth

The politicization of the student loan program is only hurting disadvantaged students further. It is preventing healthy discussions on how to fix the perverse incentives built into the program, or how to better design programs that actually increase access, diversity, and affordability.

Want College to be Affordable? Start with Pell Grants

The Conversation US | Posted 08.01.2016 | Education
The Conversation US

By Donald E. Heller, University of San Francisco In her speech accepting the Democratic presidential nomination, Hillary Clinton talked about free co...

The GOP Plan For Higher Education: Less Money For Poor Students

The Hechinger Report | Rebecca Klein | Posted 07.18.2016 | College

During the Republican and Democratic conventions, The Hechinger Report will publish a new story each day, examining what the party proposals might mea...

Permanent Pell In Prison: More Than Twenty Years After It Was Taken Away REAL Act brings hope for Higher Ed in prison

Rev. Vivian Nixon | Posted 07.01.2016 | Politics
Rev. Vivian Nixon

Pell Grants were created to ensure every American in this country had the chance to educate themselves regardless of their circumstance or socioeconomic status. No one fits into that category more than many of the two million people currently incarcerated in the United States.

College Students Behind Bars

Haley Snyder | Posted 02.17.2017 | Politics
Haley Snyder

We can redeem young lives by starting with changes to the Federal student aid program. We need to be helping prisoners get back on their feet, reducing spending by decreasing recidivism, and building more engaged members of society out of former criminals.

Outdated Pell Rules May Discriminate Against Low-Income Students

The Hechinger Report | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 01.26.2017 | College

John Davis had been working as a shelf-stocker at his local grocery store in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, for more than a decade when he realized there was...

Helping More Americans Complete College: New Proposals for Success

Shaun Donovan | Posted 02.03.2017 | Education
Shaun Donovan

Today's good-paying jobs increasingly require a high-quality post-secondary degree or credential. That's why the Obama Administration has made historic investments in student financial aid to help ensure college stays within the reach of all Americans.

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

Muriel Howard | Posted 11.11.2016 | 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 students ...

Entering Prison With a Syllabus

Andy Watts | Posted 08.31.2016 | 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 08.25.2016 | 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 08.22.2016 | 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 08.14.2016 | 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 08.06.2016 | 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 08.05.2016 | 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. Sign up for...

Are You a Candidate for the Federal Pell Grant?

Credible | Posted 07.13.2016 | 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 06.25.2016 | 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 06.09.2016 | 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 06.05.2016 | 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 06.01.2016 | 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 05.22.2016 | 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.