Financial aid

After tuition hike, Minnesota sees fewer out-of-state students

As states compete for a shrinking group of freshmen, historic out-of-state tuition premiums may no longer be a sure source of income for state higher ed systems.

Medium-size institutions look to medical schools for future stability

As midsize, nonelite private institutions look to the future, they're turning to an unlikely path: building new medical schools.

College tuition and fees moderating, could rise again

New annual data from the College Board show that college tuition and fees have moderated since the recession, with public college prices dropping slightly this year. But they may rise again soon.

Free-college proposals shift to fit state needs and emulate successful examples

Proposals for tuition-free college programs shift to meet the needs of the state while also exhibiting qualities of more successful existing initiatives.

State higher ed leaders praise pick for key U.S. higher ed post

Robert L. King, nominee for assistant secretary for postsecondary education, struggled at SUNY but wins praise from public higher ed leaders.

Big racial and sectoral gaps in student loan default rates mostly persist even after controlling for wealth and income

Crisis-level student loan default rates among black borrowers and those who attended for-profits cannot be explained fully by students' backgrounds, study finds, including measures of income, employment and parental wealth.

Report criticizes tax deduction that aids high-income grad students

A new report argues for letting a tax deduction that benefits high-earning grad students expire. It's part of a drumbeat of proposals to restrict federal benefits for graduate students.

Advocates push for stronger Pell Grant as appropriations cycle begins

Advocates prioritize a stronger Pell Grant as the next appropriations process gets under way, but big changes to the program are viewed as unlikely before an update to Higher Education Act.

Federal experiment in nontraditional providers stumbles out of the gate

An Obama-era program to give nontraditional providers access to federal financial aid has struggled to get off the ground, and three of eight participants have pulled out.

State support for higher ed increased in 2017, but so did tuition revenue

Annual report on public higher education finance shows more states relying more heavily on tuition, even in a year when appropriations rose nationally.

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