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U.S. House committee leaks summary of broad plan for reauthorizing the Higher Education Act

House education committee leaks its ambitious first draft of a reauthorization of the Higher Education Act, with broad changes aimed at both deregulation and more accountability in how federal student aid is distributed and used.

California colleges consider prospect of multiple promises

With nearly 50 different local tuition-free initiatives, California colleges contemplate how they may merge existing programs with a new statewide plan.

Elevating economic mobility on the agenda of higher education leaders

New coalition of colleges, researchers and higher ed groups aims to understand why and how some institutions excel at enrolling and graduating underprivileged students (and others don’t).

Tuition and fees still rising faster than aid, College Board report shows

Tuition and fees increased by a few percentage points across the board, and aid failed to keep pace, annual College Board report shows.

Boston University financial aid change yields sizable increase in Pell-eligible students

Using funds from its endowment to expand financial aid, Boston University notches sizable increase in proportion of its freshmen who come from low-income backgrounds.

For-profits seek legislative overhaul of gainful employment as bureaucratic review unfolds

Biggest for-profit college trade group isn't waiting for favorable outcome from Department of Education's rule-making process.

Support builds for expanding Pell eligibility to short-term certificates

Bipartisan support builds for expanding Pell Grant eligibility to short-term certificates, although some experts worry about quality control and funding.

One-third of colleges opt into new student aid program for private institutions in New York State

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Private colleges in New York State criticized Governor Cuomo’s plan to give some of their students much more aid in return for limits on tuition increases and more money from institutions. But 30 are still opting in.

White House apprenticeship push will include funding and focus on alternative providers

Trump administration’s apprenticeship push will include call for up to $200 million in new funding, a less balky federal registration process and more participation by noncollege education providers.

New study demonstrates rise of tuition discounting and diminishing returns

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Net tuition revenue per full-time equivalent student decreased after unrestricted tuition discount rates hit 28.7 percent.

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