Financial aid

DeVos Education Department estimates large student loan losses, but figures aren't guaranteed to influence debate

A new estimate quotes large losses, but defenders of the system say it's functioning as designed. Will the number matter in the larger debate over debt forgiveness and federal lending policy?

Racial disparities in higher education funding could widen during economic downturn


Since the last recession, the U.S. has made little progress on the funding gap for colleges that serve disproportionate shares of students of color. That gap may widen as the country heads into another recession.

Pandemic-related tuition freezes help slow average college sticker price increases to lowest rates in decades

Four-year colleges increased prices at the lowest rate in three decades, on average. But the COVID-19 pandemic's greatest effects on pricing, funding and student aid might still be to come.

College promise programs face cuts, uncertainty and changes

As states begin slashing budgets, some free college programs are feeling the sting.

Working adults increasingly interested in postsecondary education but more skeptical about its value

Working adults increasingly are interested in pursuing postsecondary education, but they are also less confident about the value of college.

DeVos rule formally limits emergency student aid grants

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos formally moves to limit emergency aid grants, though a court decision looms.

House Dems propose billions for states and colleges, but Republicans oppose bill

House Democrats unveil a $3 trillion proposal, including tens of billions for colleges. But Senate Republicans say, "It's not going anywhere."

Small colleges get millions while other colleges struggle

U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is coming under fire for spreading millions in stimulus aid to institutions with barely any students, while other colleges struggle.

University of California and Cal State to give emergency aid to DACA students

University of California and Cal State say they will give emergency grants to DACA students, after education secretary excluded them from the stimulus bill.

Senate committee was close to a deal on higher ed; then came the pandemic

Top Republican Senate aide says lawmakers were close to a deal to update the nation's main higher education law. Then the pandemic put everything on hold.


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