Student Aid and Loans

Student Aid and Loans
Jun 25, 2014
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Booklets

With student borrowing rising -- and political concern about debt growing with it -- Inside Higher Ed today publishes a free compilation of articles about the future of student loans. The news and opinion articles -- in a print-on-demand booklet -- explore the impact of federal policies, strategies some institutions are adopting, and the views of thought leaders on the issue.

Download the booklet here.

This booklet is part of a series of such compilations that Inside Higher Ed is publishing on a range of topics.

On May 21, Inside Higher Ed editors Scott Jaschik and Doug Lederman led a free webinar to talk about the issues raised in the booklet's articles. To listen to a recording, please click here.

The compilation of articles is made possible in part through advertising support from Inceptia.

Archive

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?

December 14, 2007

Proposals would increase spending on need-based assistance and make it easier for low-income students to hold on to grants.

December 11, 2007

Harvard University on Monday unveiled a new approach to financial aid and a new definition of "middle income." The result will be substantially more generous aid packages for Harvard students with families that have incomes up to $180,000, who will be assured that family contributions to students' costs will not exceed 10 percent of family income in a given year. Harvard is also eliminating all loans from aid packages and eliminating home equity in calculations of family wealth.

December 5, 2007

Lenders say federal budget numbers now show that the guaranteed loan program costs the government less than direct lending. Should that change the equation?

July 16, 2007

Barnard effort suggests colleges may be able to dissuade students from risky, growing and controversial form of borrowing.

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