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Biden plan to close racial wealth gap should include student loan debt cancellation, experts say

President Biden has released a plan to tackle racial wealth disparities in the United States, but he excluded the cancellation of student loan debt, which experts argue is one of the biggest parts of the problem.


Three students allege false advertising from Lambda School

Lambda School advertised a job placement rate of 80 percent or higher for its coding boot camps. Three students say the for-profit company knew that was false. They are demanding arbitration.


Biden proposes free community college in $1.8 trillion plan

President Biden wants $109 billion for two-year colleges, $80 billion addition for Pell Grants, $62 billion for retention and completion efforts, and $39 billion for two free years at minority-serving institutions for most students.


App asks colleges to outsource emergency aid decisions


Start-up uses an algorithm developed by Sara Goldrick-Rab to approve student emergency aid applications quickly. Experts say the outsourcing can work, if known pitfalls can be avoided.


Education Department cancels $1 billion in debt for defrauded students

Students who were misled by their institution and only received partial government relief are due more help, to the tune of $1 billion, the Education Department announced.


Oregon State places president on probation over ties to LSU sexual misconduct scandals

F. King Alexander will be on probation through June after a report detailed mishandling of sexual assault allegations at LSU, where he was president from 2013 to 2019.


Federal Student Aid COO resigns; FAFSA has technical difficulties

Federal Student Aid’s COO resigned Friday, amid political pressure from progressives. Meanwhile, FAFSA underwent technical difficulties, potentially impacting some students’ ability to submit.


New Cal Grant bill would expand eligibility, bringing major changes to state financial aid program

Proposed changes to the state aid program would make older students eligible for awards and loosen high school grade requirements.


Some say debt forgiveness would lessen the racial wealth gap; others say it would make it worse

Many people view canceling student debt as a racial justice issue that would help many Black people struggling to repay their loans -- but most of the people who'd be helped are white and those with high incomes.



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