Public policy

A new Education Department spirit under Biden?

Many think it could be.

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.

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


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.

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.

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.

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.

Two emerging players on ISAs, with deliberate and different approaches

Income-share agreements are drawing attention from lawmakers, although relatively few students so far have signed up for the loan alternative. Two organizations with markedly different approaches are looking to change that.

Lamar Alexander considers offering scaled-back Higher Education Act tied to HBCU funding

Senate GOP leader mulls piecemeal update to Higher Education Act tied to HBCU funding, which could include short-term Pell, student data, FAFSA simplification and lifting prison Pell ban. But plan might be tough sell for Democrats.

DeVos imposes tougher debt relief standards for student borrowers alleging fraud

The Trump administration's final borrower-defense regulations -- a key part of new approach to college accountability -- cut billions in potential loan relief for students who allege they were defrauded.

Students with some college and no credential still benefit in the labor market

Students who attended college but didn't earn a credential were more likely to hold a job and earned more than their peers who stopped at high school, new research finds.


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