Financial aid

Private college presidents push campaign to limit use of non-need-based aid

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At meeting of private college presidents, campaign to discourage use of student aid that is not tied to financial need gains some momentum.

Report: State merit aid influences residency decisions of few graduates

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Report finds that state merit aid programs have only a small effect on whether graduates stay in-state after college.

Use of public tuition for financial aid likely to become a political issue in many states

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Policy change in Iowa reflects increased public skepticism about using tuition revenue for financial aid. Will such shifts end an unfair burden on middle-class students or abandon low-income students?

Colleges rethink need blind admissions in favor of meeting need

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Facing financial constraints and public pressure over students’ debt, some colleges move away from need-blind admissions -- which are often costly to the institution and students -- in favor of reducing "gapping."

Admissions and aid policies play a larger role than tuition in driving debt, paper finds

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New paper finds that admissions and financial aid policies play a larger role than tuition prices do in driving student debt.

Grinnell, one of the country's wealthiest colleges, questions sustainability of financial aid

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Grinnell College, one of the wealthiest liberal arts colleges, says its current financial aid policy is unsustainable, raising questions for other need-blind institutions. 

Long Island University overspending on financial aid reflects affordability concern

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Long Island U. is latest college to face budget problems after overspending on financial aid, a reflection of how the affordability crisis is squeezing institutions.

New effort to gear federal financial aid programs to college completion

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As part of larger Gates Foundation effort, new panel aims to reimagine federal aid design and delivery to improve student outcomes. The effort is stoking suspicions.

Data show student borrowers over 30 a growing population

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Data from the New York Fed show student borrowers are increasingly over 40, including some still paying back their own loans while borrowing for their children's education.

Iowa proposes to end use of tuition revenue for financial aid

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Iowa proposal to eliminate use of tuition dollars for financial aid raises questions about who should shoulder the burden of financial aid and who decides how aid gets doled out.

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