College costs/prices

Cutting Tuition, Increasing Revenue

Three private colleges that reduced charges dramatically share information on what worked -- and what didn't.

Private Colleges' Cash Grew, but Debt Grew Faster

As financial markets improved, selective private colleges saw their cash and investments increase faster than their operating budgets in the 2004 fiscal year, reversing the pattern of the year before. But except at the very top tier of institutions, the colleges' debt rose even faster, as they poured money into expanding and renovating facilities, Standard & Poor's said in a report released this month.

'Good Day' for For-Profit Colleges

As they waited Thursday morning for the House of Representatives higher education subcommittee to vote on legislation to extend the Higher Education Act, lobbyists for for-profit and nonprofit colleges had strikingly different answers to the simple question "How are things going?"

Bruce D. Leftwich, vice president for government relations at the Career College Association, responded with an enthusiastic "Great, great." David S. Baime, who plays the same role for the American Association of Community Colleges, offered an uncertain "I have no idea."

Disciplines Matter

Administrators are urged to pay more attention to differentials in expenses of various departments.

Anti-Urban Bias?

New research asks why the community colleges most likely to serve low-income students are likely to receive less money.

New Option for Student Shoppers: E-Books

8 college stores plan to offer electronic texts this fall, but will they sell?

Taking Both Sides on Textbook Prices

Students' costs have risen sharply, but mostly because publishers have sought to improve teaching and learning, GAO report finds. 

Students Who Charge

Credit card debt exceeds student loan debt, a new study finds.

Student Aid and College Tax Credits

Many Americans qualify for federal education tax breaks but don't use them, U.S. study finds.

The Future of Higher Ed

U.S. education secretary forms panel to craft "national strategy" for America's college system.

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