Congress/legislation

The Possible New Pell Grant: $4,925

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Congressional compromise would lift maximum grant by $125 more than $490 rise approved in budget act; NIH would receive $30 billion. Bush veto likely.

A Gloomy Projection on Lender Profits

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Student loan industry experts consider implications for future in the wake of massive cuts to federal subsidies.

Molding the TEACH Grant Program

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Federal program to draw students into "high need" teaching fields troubles college leaders because grants will turn to loans if students get off track.

Warning From a Friend

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Lamar Alexander is among higher education's most avid supporters in Congress. But he had tough words for them Wednesday.

The 5% Non-Solution

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Proposal to require elite colleges to spend a minimum proportion of their endowments gets cool reception at Washington forum -- including from a surprising source.

The Feds Giveth, and Taketh Away

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Bush's 2009 budget plan would lift maximum Pell Grant to $4,800, kill other aid programs -- and slash funds for minority-serving colleges that gained in last fall's budget measure.

Call to Arms for Private Colleges

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In an address to fellow presidents about the future of higher education, MIT's leader says "our story isn’t well understood by Congress or the public."

Best You Can Be Without a Degree

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While senators weigh bill to hugely boost GI Bill, the Pentagon, concerned that better benefits could hurt reenlistment, backs Bush plan for another kind of enhancement.

The 'Other' Transfer of Credit Problem

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As higher education issues go, "transfer of credit" is about as mundane and arcane as you can get. It's roll-your-sleeves-up-and-get-your-hands-dirty type work, involving transcripts and course numbers and modes of delivery and degree audits and other nuts and bolts details of the college admissions and registration process.

Business as Usual on Earmarks

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All 3 remaining presidential candidates back a moratorium, but many colleges still view such directed spending as legitimate.

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