Higher ed lobbyists press for end to sequester as budget talks resume

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Higher education advocates are once again pressing lawmakers to end automatic budget cuts as Congress begins new negotiations over federal spending this week. 



White House officials discuss low-income recruitment with university presidents

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Administration officials summoned university presidents to discuss a possible effort to get more low-income, academically talented students to apply to the nation’s best institutions.  

Colleges slow tuition growth, but financial aid is not keeping pace, report shows

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Grant aid is not keeping pace with the cost of college, even as the rate of tuition growth slows, two new reports from the College Board show. 

For-profit colleges say U.S. discriminates against them in state authorization

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The U.S. Education Department is applying its state authorization regulation differently to nonprofit and for-profit colleges, in ways that some experts believe is unfair and possibly illegal.

California's governor signs two-tier tuition law

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A year after big protests over the idea, a new California law will allow several community colleges to charge more for overbooked courses.


With shutdown looming, the outlook for colleges

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Pell Grants and federal student loans would remain mostly unaffected by a government shutdown but federal research funding would come to a halt, according to the Obama administration’s latest contingency plans.

Higher education braces for a government shutdown and more fiscal fights

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Higher education likely to feel only mild effects from possible government shutdown next week, but advocates for colleges are bracing for larger funding battles.

Duncan chides critics of college ratings system, pledges to advance metrics

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Calling lobbyists' reaction to Obama's rating system proposal "premature and more than a little silly," Duncan says Education Department will develop metrics by which colleges will be judged.

Jamienne Studley named to key Education Department post

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Jamienne Studley, former Skidmore president and Education Department lawyer, is named deputy under secretary of education.

Senate education committee begins process to reauthorization Higher Education Act

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Sen. Tom Harkin says he'd like to see a draft of a new Higher Education Act by early next year -- but it's unclear how realistic that goal is as lawmakers clash over how the federal government should regulate college affordability. 


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