Financial aid

How student debt became a focus of the presidential campaign

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In the first weeks of the 2012 campaign, Obama and Romney focused not on economic or foreign issues but on the student loan interest rate. Could student debt play a significant role in this year's elections?

Study suggests limitations in CARD Act's effectiveness

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Study turns up mixed reviews in the effectiveness of the CARD Act of 2009, parts of which were intended to protect students from aggressive marketing by credit card companies, on and off campus.

Colleges worry about end of federal aid based on "ability to benefit"

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High school dropouts used to be able to qualify for federal grants and loans based on a basic skills test. That ends in July, and community colleges are worried about what will happen to these students.

Education Department raises hackles over clock hour definition

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The Education Department's take on the definition of "clock hour" programs is too broad and could unfairly cut into federal aid, say a Texas state agency and for-profits.

Obama plan to tie tuition prices to aid eligibility draws criticism

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With Obama proposing to make colleges that increase tuition too much ineligible for some federal financial aid, many say that would only make matters worse.

Higher education proposals included in State of the Union

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In State of the Union speech, Obama calls for keeping student loan interest rates low and warns colleges to stop raising tuition -- or risk losing federal support.

Budget compromise would preserve maximum Pell grant, NIH funding

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A budget compromise would slightly increase funding for the National Institutes of Health and change eligibility for the largest federal grant program for college students.

Jeb Bush unveils higher education plan with focus on federal loan overhaul

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The Republican presidential hopeful wants to gut the federal student loan programs -- and replace them with a federal income-based financing system.

New ID requirements for federal aid may discourage some low-income students

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New online identification system for federal financial aid sacrifices ease of use for security, critics say, hurting low-income students.

For-profit Westwood College won't accept new students

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After years of allegations of deceptive marketing practices, for-profit Westwood College is no longer accepting new students after another multimillion-dollar agreement with a state attorney general.

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