Financial aid

Obama administration may soon announce experimental access to Pell Grants for incarcerated students

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The Education Department is considering a limited experiment to allow incarcerated students to receive Pell Grants, which could build momentum for lifting a Clinton-era congressional ban.

As Corinthian enters bankruptcy, U.S. responds to debt relief calls

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As Corinthian files for bankruptcy, Education Department officials race to head off the political firestorm over debt forgiveness sparked by unprecedented collapse of the for-profit college. 

U.S. proposes easier default rate appeals for community colleges

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The Obama administration is eyeing a plan that would make it easier for community colleges to appeal high loan default rates because relatively few of their students take out loans.

Education Department names the remaining colleges on monitoring list for ‘severe’ audit findings

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The remaining colleges -- most of which have been singled out for scrutiny over "severe" audit findings -- are mostly for-profit colleges and beauty schools. 

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.

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?

Carnegie Foundation says credit hour, although flawed, is too important to discard

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Carnegie Foundation releases its much-awaited report on the credit hour -- higher education's currency -- which disappoints some by not calling for different standard unit for learning.

Obama is joined by Republicans for unveiling of free community college plan

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Bipartisanship is on display as President Obama announces free community college plan in Tennessee, but proposal likely faces tough odds in Congress.

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