Pell Grants

Liberal Arts, Behind Bars

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Wesleyan University plans to start offering for-credit courses for prisoners.

Don't Bank on It

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Taseen Peterson is a portrait of the recession. A single father who worked as a loan officer in the mortgage industry, Peterson decided to go back to school as the real estate market dried up, figuring he’d ride out the downturn in college and come out the other end with a credential that would get him a higher paying job.

Enrollments -- and Pell Costs -- Soar

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Midyear review of federal budget situation shows price of Obama Pell Grant proposal rising by $27 billion, potentially putting other administration priorities at risk.

What Works for the Needy

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Analysis of which financial aid programs most help low-income students says that simplicity often trumps targeting and finds promise in aid tied to academic performance and support services.

Pell Costs Explode

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With demand booming, U.S. says grant program's price tag will soar by $18 billion through 2011. Democrats see no impact on student loan reform.

HBCU Chiefs Address Grad Rates

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Under renewed scrutiny about student degree attainment, presidents of historically black colleges say current measurements don't capture truth about outcomes.

Renewed Push on Pell

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Obama budget for 2011, to be released today, will call for raising maximum grant to $5,710 and making program an entitlement.

The Shrunken Student Aid Bill

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With Congress set to take up health measure, Democrats strip community college funds, accountability provisions and more from loan overhaul.

Student Loan Overhaul Advances

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Overshadowed by health care, legislation to end lender-based federal loans and use savings to shore up grants for needy students nears final approval.

Prepaid Bailouts Present Dilemma

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It's been a politically popular move for lawmakers to bail out prepaid college tuition plans that are now going broke, but doing so raises some potentially troubling questions of equity. Indeed, these bailouts could have the net impact of forgiving investment losses for middle- and upper-income families at the expense of low-income people, higher education researchers say.

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