Financial aid

Feds release tighter proposed language for gainful employment rules

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Education Department proposes perhaps its strictest proposed language on the rules so far, a week before negotiators get back to business.

White House officials discuss low-income recruitment with university presidents

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Administration officials summoned university presidents to discuss a possible effort to get more low-income, academically talented students to apply to the nation’s best institutions.  

Community colleges in Ohio push to regain eligibility for state aid

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Community college students still can't get need-based aid from the state, while students at for-profits and other institutions are once again eligible.

Colleges slow tuition growth, but financial aid is not keeping pace, report shows

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Grant aid is not keeping pace with the cost of college, even as the rate of tuition growth slows, two new reports from the College Board show. 

California's governor signs two-tier tuition law

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A year after big protests over the idea, a new California law will allow several community colleges to charge more for overbooked courses.

 

UniversityNow's unique approach to accreditation and federal financial aid

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UniversityNow signs up more than 1,000 students for low-cost, competency-based degree programs without the lure of federal financial aid. 

Senate education committee begins process to reauthorization Higher Education Act

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Sen. Tom Harkin says he'd like to see a draft of a new Higher Education Act by early next year -- but it's unclear how realistic that goal is as lawmakers clash over how the federal government should regulate college affordability. 

Higher ed groups offer suggestions for revamping Higher Education Act

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In response to Congressional invitation, college groups suggest ideas for revising key federal law, from federal student-level database to risk-based approaches to accreditation and student aid.

Federal report warns that aid proposals could hurt low-income minority students

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Citing declining enrollment and bachelor's degree attainment for low-income minority students, report warns that proposals to reform federal student aid could harm access and outcomes for neediest students.

In first year, 'Shopping Sheet' doesn't make a big splash

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In its first year, a much-touted "shopping sheet" to help new college students and their families appears to be having minimal impact.

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