Colleges inflate full cost of attendance numbers, increasing stipends for athletes

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NCAA rules about "cost of attendance" create a new way for universities to compete for athletes, but these changes in financial aid calculations don't appear to be helping non-athletes.

College merger negotiations are long and complicated

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Negotiations to combine colleges are incredibly complex, as two Massachusetts institutions showed after abandoning a union that, while academically beneficial, would have been a financial drain. Here's how they reached that conclusion.

Vanderbilt University weighs in on its controversial compliance costs report

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While discussing the Higher Education Act, Vanderbilt's chancellor equated cost of compliance to $11,000 per student -- and the message snowballed.

University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire responds to massive cuts in state support

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At a regional university far from Madison politics, administrators and faculty struggle to make huge cuts quickly while preserving what they say has made their campus mean so much to students.

As colleges struggle, some look to partnerships and mergers for relief

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As institutions struggle with enrollment and money, more join forces or consider doing so. But sometimes a merger is really more of an absorption.

What's at stake when universities raise their minimum wage?

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More and more colleges and universities are voluntarily choosing to increase their minimum wage. Why do they do it and how much does it cost?

What the case of Sweet Briar means for other colleges

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What will trustees and administrators at other small colleges learn from a reversal and four months of controversy?

What People Are Saying About Debt-Free

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Who is pushing which ideas -- and why.

Enrollment declines drove closure of Marian Court College

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Marian Court College's president says after years of declining enrollment and tuition revenue, the institution ran out of options -- sooner than professors expected.

Are lazy rivers and climbing walls driving up the cost of college?

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Elizabeth Warren and Chris Christie both made statements last week that luxury college amenities like lazy rivers and climbing walls are driving up the cost of college. Are the claims true?


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