Financial aid

Education Department will stop giving colleges information about students’ choices

Education Department will stop giving colleges information from federal form about students' college preferences, which critics said disadvantaged some students during the admissions and financial aid process.

Student debt protesters crash annual gathering of college financial aid officers

On social media and in person, student activists zero in on financial aid administrators' annual conference.

As rich universities get richer, are poor students being left behind?

The gap between wealthy universities and the rest of the pack is widening at an ever faster pace, leaving low-income students in the lurch.

Promise programs thrive despite unanswered questions about long-term effects and sustainability

"Promise program" scholarships are appealing to cities and counties looking to boost their local educational achievement. But it's too early to say for sure that the programs work.

Education Department meets with ex-Corinthian students who refuse to repay federal loans

The number of students refusing to repay the loans they took out to attend a for-profit college swells to 100 -- and meeting with U.S. officials gives them a boost.

Obama administration will create student loan complaint system, centralized payments for borrowers

President Obama announced a series of executive actions aimed at improving and centralizing the customer service experience of borrowers with federal student loans.

Report shows slowdown of tuition increases, education borrowing

College Board's annual reports give evidence that rising tuition prices and college debt may not go on forever. Tuition increases are slowing, as education borrowing declines slightly.

Think tank backs changes to Pell by pointing out tricks colleges play with merit aid


Lobbying for changes to key aid program for low-income students, New America Foundation study points to tricks colleges play with Pell Grants.

As state student aid spending plateaus, need-based grants get a boost

States last year kept their spending on student aid roughly the same -- but they invested more heavily in grant programs based on financial need rather than merit. 

Kentucky State U., an HBCU, drops a quarter of its students for unpaid bills

Kentucky State University tells a fourth of its student body to leave because they haven't paid their bills.


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