Financial aid

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

How standardized should financial aid award letters be?

Rising concern about student debt has reignited debates about standardizing financial aid award letters.

Wesleyan shifts away from need-blind policy, citing financial and ethical concerns

Wesleyan University is moving away from need-blind admissions, saying that keeping the policy would require too much money and impose too much debt on some students.

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