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As rich universities get richer, are poor students being left behind?

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The gap between wealthy universities and the rest of the pack is widening at an ever faster pace, leaving low-income students in the lurch.

Obama administration may soon announce experimental access to Pell Grants for incarcerated students

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The Education Department is considering a limited experiment to allow incarcerated students to receive Pell Grants, which could build momentum for lifting a Clinton-era congressional ban.

SEC charges ITT with fraud over student loan programs

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SEC charges ITT and top two executives with fraud, alleging they misled investors about huge losses in lending programs. Embattled company asks regulators not to run with fraud allegations until the court rules on them.

With push from liberals, debt-free college gains traction in the 2016 Democratic campaign

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Democratic presidential contenders, apparently including Hillary Clinton, are moving to the idea that borrowing shouldn't be needed in public higher education. Is that the right approach?

As Corinthian enters bankruptcy, U.S. responds to debt relief calls

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As Corinthian files for bankruptcy, Education Department officials race to head off the political firestorm over debt forgiveness sparked by unprecedented collapse of the for-profit college. 

As Education Department defends Corinthian collapse, Democrats turn up pressure

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The implosion of Corinthian Colleges came to an end Monday as the for-profit chain closed its doors for good -- but the political fallout for the Education Department remains. 

AAUP: Full-time faculty salaries up 2.2 percent this year

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Faculty pay is up 2.2. percent, or 1.4 percent adjusted for inflation, new A.A.U.P. survey finds. Despite modest gains, association says professor pay can't be blamed for tuition hikes. Searchable database by institution available exclusively here.

Political pressure builds for a new accreditation and aid pathway for upstart providers

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Senate Republicans echo the Obama administration by proposing alternative pathways to accreditation and, possibly, federal aid for noninstitutional providers like Udacity, General Assembly and edX.

Free community college has different meanings in different places

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As community colleges and some states consider ways to take care of community college tuition, some focus on the best students, some on the lowest income, and some cast a wide net.

U.S. proposes easier default rate appeals for community colleges

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The Obama administration is eyeing a plan that would make it easier for community colleges to appeal high loan default rates because relatively few of their students take out loans.

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