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Education Dept. keeps secret the names of colleges found to be risky for students, taxpayers

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U.S. government declines to identify dozens of institutions whose federal funding it has restricted because of concerns about their risk to students and taxpayers.

Alexander weighing new accountability tools, better data in Higher Ed Act rewrite

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The leading Senate Republican, working to rewrite the law, outlines possible new ways to hold colleges accountable for student outcomes and to improve federal higher education data.

University that went bankrupt amid tighter federal scrutiny looks to collect money from former students

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Mid-Continent University's closure last year left a messy situation for students -- and it was precipitated by financial sanctions the U.S. Department of Education uses to rein in colleges.

House Republicans again propose 10-year freeze on Pell Grant maximum award

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In attempt to balance the federal budget, House Republicans are again proposing that the maximum grant award remain at its current level for a decade. 

Obama administration will create student loan complaint system, centralized payments for borrowers

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President Obama announced a series of executive actions aimed at improving and centralizing the customer service experience of borrowers with federal student loans.

Alexander says Congress will pass Higher Ed Act this year, backs plan to cut regulations on colleges

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As colleges press their case for reducing federal requirements, a top Republican says he's committed to finishing a rewrite of the Higher Education Act this year.

Student activists call for ‘debt strike’ against federal loans they incurred at the embattled Corinthian Colleges

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Student activists refuse to pay federal loans incurred at the embattled for-profit education company and call on the Department of Education for greater borrower relief. 

Bernie Sanders calls for two tuition-free years of all public colleges and universities

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Senator Sanders, the Vermont independent and possible 2016 presidential contender, calls on Congress to boost federal higher ed spending to allow states to slash public college tuition in half.

As policy makers push FAFSA simplification, colleges and states worry about lost data

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How many questions are really needed? And how many just confuse?

Obama administration Pay As You Earn expansion will cost $9 billion

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Budget documents show Obama's planned expansion of his Pay As You Earn plan will add $9 billion to already-rising long-term cost of federal student loans.

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