Student Aid and Loans
Student Aid and Loans
April 21, 2009
President Obama's student loan plan will drastically increase financial support for students. Congress must not put the interests of lenders ahead of that goal, Pedro de la Torre III and Carmen Berkley write.
March 30, 2009
Congress needs to create a program that rewards colleges and universities that educate disadvantaged students, write Charles B. Reed and F. King Alexander.
February 27, 2009
The 2010 budget blueprint released by the Obama administration Thursday was decidedly bare bones, lacking detailed numbers for most federal programs and clocking in at about one-tenth the normal number of pages of explanatory material. But while the administration's proposal might have skimped on specifics, its proposal for the Education Department had no shortage of blockbuster ideas that, taken together, would begin to radically transform federal higher education programs.
February 4, 2009
Many colleges hurt by endowment losses have made it a point to say that revised budget plans won't change student financial assistance. Middlebury went another route -- and others may follow.
December 9, 2008
Memo to President-elect Obama: History shows that expanding access to higher education is a smart investment during economic downturns, writes John Aubrey Douglass.
June 23, 2008
Despite increased pressure to move more money away from merit-based aid programs and into need-based grants, there is little sign of such a shift happening across the nation as a whole, according to a report released today.
June 13, 2008
Talk to private college leaders in confidence these days, and many (at least outside the most competitive and wealthy institutions) are unhappy with their financial aid policies. President after president (not to mention admissions or financial aid directors) will say that they are spending too much on merit aid (grants given to those who don't really need them) and not enough on need-based aid.
March 26, 2008
A handful of colleges have left the guaranteed student loan program for direct lending. Whether many others follow may largely depend on how many more lenders bolt the market.
March 24, 2008
Has "no loans" replaced "need blind"? When institutions adopt the former without the latter, is equity served? Have colleges been too quick to define all loans as bad?
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