Pell Grants

Renewed Push on Pell

Obama budget for 2011, to be released today, will call for raising maximum grant to $5,710 and making program an entitlement.

The Shrunken Student Aid Bill

With Congress set to take up health measure, Democrats strip community college funds, accountability provisions and more from loan overhaul.

Student Loan Overhaul Advances

Overshadowed by health care, legislation to end lender-based federal loans and use savings to shore up grants for needy students nears final approval.

Prepaid Bailouts Present Dilemma

It's been a politically popular move for lawmakers to bail out prepaid college tuition plans that are now going broke, but doing so raises some potentially troubling questions of equity. Indeed, these bailouts could have the net impact of forgiving investment losses for middle- and upper-income families at the expense of low-income people, higher education researchers say.

Data May Show HBCUs at Best, Worst

WASHINGTON – Historically black colleges and universities are expected to play a crucial role in improving the nation’s educational attainment levels by 2020, but they are likely to face some hard truths in the process. Speaking to a group of educators and policy analysts here Thursday, the man leading the White House initiative on HBCUs said he’s mining data that may show both what’s wrong and what’s right with these institutions.

“We are not going to run from whatever news there is, good or bad,” said John Silvanus Wilson Jr., the initiative’s director.

Pell Shortfall Persists

WASHINGTON -- A Senate panel wavered a bit from its House of Representatives counterpart, producing a 2011 funding bill Tuesday that aims to protect Pell Grants from cuts -- but doesn't fully fund the program -- and boosts funding to the National Institutes of Health.

At a brief drafting session, the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies approved a bill that provides $169.6 billion in discretionary funding, including $66.4 billion for the Education Department.

A Plea for Perkins

At hearing Wednesday, lawmakers praise a student loan program that is facing a phaseout.

Learning From For-Profits

Amid increasing scrutiny of for-profits, panel asks what proprietary colleges can teach non-profit sector. And a noted NPR analyst says newspaper ties to for-profit industry will keep regulators at bay.

Washington Wrapup: Budget and Bishop

In year-end rush, Congress weighs budget that would close Pell shortfall; House passes DREAM Act; 36 days after election, a higher ed champion formally retains House seat.

Shielding Education and Research

In State of the Union, President Obama vows to protect many programs important to colleges from 5-year freeze on federal spending.

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