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Pell Grants

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?

Don't Dawdle on Student Loan Search

Jason Alderman | Posted 11.25.2013 | College
Jason Alderman

College may be a year away, but scholarship and loan application deadlines are just around the corner. And, if you haven't been down this path recently, you'll soon learn that there are tons of decisions to make and documents to fill out.

Missiles and Machismo

Martha Burk | Posted 11.06.2013 | Politics
Martha Burk

The real threat to our national security is economic, not military. Nobody knows what a "limited strike" would cost, but General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, says it will run in the billions. Here's what the money could buy instead.

Asking the Right Questions About the Administration's Cost Proposals

Richard D. Legon | Posted 11.05.2013 | Politics
Richard D. Legon

The president's call for change is a welcome start, but some of the more ambitious aspects of the plan will ultimately require congressional approval -- not an easy hurdle these days -- during the coming reauthorization of the Higher Education Act.

Social Mission Should Be Part of College Ranking Equation

Jackie Jenkins-Scott | Posted 11.03.2013 | College
Jackie Jenkins-Scott

Over Labor Day Weekend nearly 300,000 college and university students descended on Boston to begin another academic year, bringing with them energy, v...

Penalizing The Poor

Dr. Antonio Pérez | Posted 10.19.2013 | College
Dr. Antonio Pérez

The bottom line is that because of the changes in eligibility and the shortfalls for Pell Grants, millions of low-income students will never even apply to college, scared away by the cost -- with good reason.

It Just Takes Everything We're Not Doing Now

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 09.11.2013 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

We know how to make a positive difference in the lives of so many poor Black males. But we have to close the gap between what we know and what we do. We don't have to keep doing the things we're getting wrong.

Higher Education Bids Farewell to a Staunch Ally

R. Barbara Gitenstein | Posted 08.18.2013 | College
R. Barbara Gitenstein

Senator Frank Lautenberg was a practical progressive who based action on facts, figures, and hard-won experience. He knew first-hand, for example, the...

Moral Bankruptcy on Student Loans

Patricia McGuire | Posted 08.09.2013 | College
Patricia McGuire

Congress should be ashamed of itself for imposing more barriers to college access and completion because of its perverse inability to make any good decisions these days.

Higher Education: The Coming Shakeout

Robert Kuttner | Posted 07.26.2013 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

Just as markets over-built housing, mispriced mortgages and bid up prices beyond the real financial capacity of homebuyers, America's colleges and universities have over-expanded and over-priced their product. We are getting an education bubble with dynamics similar to the late housing bubble. As more and more students find themselves with debts that exceed the salaries offered by the current job market, colleges have expanded beyond the capacity of their markets. Some kind of shakeout is coming. The question is: what kind. Clearly, our society cannot afford the current rate of expansion of higher education costs. We've reached the limits of piling these expenses onto students. But as resources become more scarce, as the consequences of over-expansion hit, the social risk is that the shoe will pinch even more intensely in the wrong places.

Invest in the Success of Low-Income Students

Michelle Asha Cooper, Ph.D. | Posted 07.15.2013 | College
Michelle Asha Cooper, Ph.D.

If we truly desire to see improvements in college completion and workforce outcomes for the millions low- and moderate-income students collectively served by Pell, TRIO, and other programs, then first, we must stop pretending like it can be done cheaply.

What Is the True Cost of Government-Backed Credit?

Deborah Lucas | Posted 06.22.2013 | Politics
Deborah Lucas

The government has a first-order effect on the allocation of capital and risk in the economy. And the question of what those commitments cost the public is important.

Failing Our Future

Beverly Daniel Tatum | Posted 05.20.2013 | College
Beverly Daniel Tatum

Despite our national rhetoric about the importance of a college-educated workforce, recent action (or inaction) at the federal level makes it harder every day for students to achieve that goal.

The Ryan Budget: A Self-Referential Approach to Pell

Rachel Unruh | Posted 05.18.2013 | Politics
Rachel Unruh

Congressman Ryan's Pell grant proposal does not demonstrate a commitment to the most needy. It demonstrates that his perception of college students reflects his own experience as a full-time financially dependent student in the early 90s.

How Aggressively Should I Pay Off My Student Loans?

Nate Howard | Posted 05.17.2013 | College
Nate Howard

Reading articles on student loans is a part of my job, so I've absorbed a great deal of literature on this subject. But not one thing I've read hits this question head-on.

Joy Resmovits

Ryan Budget Freezes Maximum Pell Grants

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 03.12.2013 | Politics

Under Rep. Paul Ryan's (R-Wis) "Path to Prosperity" budget framework for 2014, college students would have one less weapon against the creep of climbi...

A Path to Greatness: Higher Education, Government, and the Nation

Robert E. Johnson | Posted 05.05.2013 | College
Robert E. Johnson

What none of us want is to have higher education mirror one of the most damaging trends of the society at large: the threatened elimination of the middle class. Instead, let us create a new class of enlightened individual, prepared for the unknown future.

The American Dream: Creating Tomorrow's Workers Starts With Fixing Student Aid Today

Bob Wise | Posted 05.05.2013 | College
Bob Wise

Congress can help students achieve postsecondary success by fixing the federal student aid system to focus on completion. The sooner lawmakers make these changes, the sooner more students will realize their American Dream.

It's Time for Presidents to Rediscover Their Voices

Dr. Scott D. Miller | Posted 04.20.2013 | College
Dr. Scott D. Miller

Although many presidents are reluctant to voice their opinions in public, for fear of offending key constituents (donors and/or legislators), I see little reason to decline an opportunity for using the "bully pulpit" of our offices.

Pell Grant Changes Hurt Least Educated, Poorest States The Most

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 02.16.2013 | College

A new study released this week found that changes in eligibility for Pell Grants, designed to help low-income students afford college, have greatly im...

Wanted: More College Grads

Impatient Optimists | Posted 04.06.2013 | College
Impatient Optimists

The "typical" college student has changed. Nearly three out of four college students today aren't enrolled in a full-time, four-year degree program. They're balancing jobs, family and other priorities as they work to complete college.

It's Tough to Trail Blaze: Challenges of First-Generation College Students

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 03.31.2013 | College
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

It is not enough to assume that students inherently know how to apply classroom skills to a real-world environment, particularly in the case of first-generation ones.