For colleges and other organizations promoting alternative paths to degrees, the president's speech was validation they have wanted.
Obama proposes expansive college rating system. Making it happen won't be easy, but higher education leaders said they'll play ball.
President proposes new system to evaluate colleges -- and plan to offer greater Pell Grants and more favorable loans to those who attend institutions with the best rankings.
Researchers' framework for analyzing public and private colleges' pricing and enrollment strategies suggests that federal aid drives up private college tuition.
U. of Virginia changes rules for its highly praised program for low-income students. Going forward, they will need loans.
In response to Congressional invitation, college groups suggest ideas for revising key federal law, from federal student-level database to risk-based approaches to accreditation and student aid.
President Obama vows to issue "aggressive strategy" to deal with the rising prices of higher education. Some academics question emphasis on efficiency.
Compromise would tie federal student loan interest rates to financial market, cap them, and direct some savings to reducing the deficit. Senate approval is not a sure thing.
The rise in subsidized student loan interest rates could increase overall indebtedness, but it's less clear what effect that will have on students' behavior.
Citing declining enrollment and bachelor's degree attainment for low-income minority students, report warns that proposals to reform federal student aid could harm access and outcomes for neediest students.
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