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Examining who could shape higher education policy in Obama's second term

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Obama has sketched an ambitious higher education agenda for his second term, but it's unclear who at the Education Department will be in charge of implementing it.

What Obama victory means for higher education

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Election 2012
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In many ways, President Obama's re-election represents a continuation. But he has already hinted at some of his higher education plans for his second term.

Pell cuts affecting transfer students

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Changes to grant eligibility are hitting transfer students, and returning dropouts, particularly hard.

Price growth slows, but aid levels off too, College Board finds

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Two new reports by the College Board show more moderate tuition increases than in previous years, but restrictions on federal aid spending could lead to higher net prices going forward.

Admissions and aid policies play a larger role than tuition in driving debt, paper finds

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New paper finds that admissions and financial aid policies play a larger role than tuition prices do in driving student debt.

Public universities want returns in exchange for tuition freezes

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Facing pressure to hold prices down, public universities are proposing ways to freeze or reduce the cost of attendance – but they want something in return.

Grinnell, one of the country's wealthiest colleges, questions sustainability of financial aid

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Grinnell College, one of the wealthiest liberal arts colleges, says its current financial aid policy is unsustainable, raising questions for other need-blind institutions. 

Pell spending declines despite growth in grant recipients

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Federal spending on the biggest student grant program surprisingly declines by $2.2 billion, even as numbers of recipients increased. But a sword still hangs over the program.

GOP platform is harshly critical of higher education

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GOP's party platform calls out colleges for political and scientific bias, as well as out of control tuition hikes. It also takes a hard line on immigration and affirmative action.

Sociologists examine patterns of student debt, gender and class

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Sociologists' research on different borrowing patterns of men and women, and of those from different wealth levels, illustrate ways that opportunity may be endangered.

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