Default rate on federal loans ticks down slightly; 21 colleges face sanctions for high rates

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The default rate on federal loans edges down as 21 colleges face sanctions for having rates that exceed the legal threshold.

Education Dept. tweaks default rate calculation to help colleges avoid penalties

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As colleges face penalties under new, stricter loan default standards, Obama administration lets some colleges off the hook by recalculating the rates in their favor. 

Think tank backs changes to Pell by pointing out tricks colleges play with merit aid

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Lobbying for changes to key aid program for low-income students, New America Foundation study points to tricks colleges play with Pell Grants.

As state student aid spending plateaus, need-based grants get a boost

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States last year kept their spending on student aid roughly the same -- but they invested more heavily in grant programs based on financial need rather than merit. 

AmeriCorps, 20 years old, a limited success

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Hundreds of thousands have earned college aid for national and community service work, but the program's impact has been stunted by budget constraints and doubts that it’s the best way to spur service.

Student debt increasingly trails Americans into retirement, U.S. report says

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Older Americans are increasingly burdened by federal student loans -- and they struggle to repay the debt at much higher rates than their younger counterparts, a new government report finds. 

To maximize graduation rates, colleges should focus on middle-range students, research shows

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Students who end first year with G.P.A. between 2.0 and 3.0 have been neglected by academic support programs, says research based on data from 60 institutions. Is this where colleges can have the biggest impact on retention?

Report on unintended consequences of lottery-based scholarships and how to fix them

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Lottery-based scholarships are popular and bring benefits, but often accompany other budget cuts and can fail to benefit students who most need funds, new report finds.

Education Department reviews its monitoring of large for-profits in wake of Corinthian collapse

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The messy failure of Corinthian Colleges raises questions about limitations of the Education Department's oversight of for-profit chains, and how it might tighten as other companies teeter.

Some colleges embrace, tepidly, federal scrutiny on campus sexual assaults

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Some higher education lobbying groups criticized the McCaskill campus sexual assault legislation as heavy-handed. But some colleges are largely backing the bill. 


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