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With federal money at stake, more colleges mandate vaccines

Even as pending deadline prompts more universities to comply with Biden order mandating vaccination against COVID-19 for employees of federal contractors, some are still studying the order or determining next steps.

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Community college leaders celebrate first lady's return

Jill Biden, the first lady, returned to the classroom this fall as a community college professor. Community college leaders see the move as emblematic of a new national moment for their institutions. 

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Biden’s higher ed proposals begin to take shape in Congress

House Democrats packed lots of higher education investments into their proposal for the budget reconciliation bill -- including tuition-free community college -- but some of that funding wasn’t as high as advocates were hoping.

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How much do inequities in higher education cost?

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Georgetown University researchers estimate in a new report that the United States loses billions of dollars annually because of inequities in higher education.

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A new Education Department spirit under Biden?

Many think it could be.

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Trump budget would boost career education spending but cut funds for college aid, research programs

Administration touts major boost in spending for career and technical education, but proposed cuts to student aid and core research programs draw colleges' ire.

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Trump's claim about saving HBCUs was false, but his administration has largely backed sector

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President engages in "useful hyperbole" by claiming he rescued historically black colleges, but his administration has made good on some of its promise to support the sector.

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Outgoing Trump Education Department official calls for student debt relief

A. Wayne Johnson, a departing top official at the Office of Federal Student Aid under Betsy DeVos, calls for canceling federal student debt as his "signature issue" for a Senate run.

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House Democrats’ latest higher ed plan pushes free college, more generous loan repayment

Proposal would steer new money to community colleges, restore regulation of for-profit colleges and overhaul student loan repayment. But legislation hinges on Senate.

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Detroit colleges tackle dropout challenge by offering debt forgiveness

Wayne State University and other colleges in the region are seeking to boost graduation rates by forgiving outstanding balances of students who left without earning a degree.

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