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Minority Applicants Surge Post–Affirmative Action

Applications to colleges rose by 9 percent over all this year—and 12 percent among underrepresented minority applicants—according to a new...
The word "FAFSA" is written in black marker on a page in an open notebook, which lies next to a stack of U.S. currency and the corner of a laptop keyboard.

FAFSA Fiasco

Admissions counselors should exercise empathy and flexibility this cycle, Jim Jump writes.

Most Americans Approve of Affirmative Action Ban

More than two-thirds of Americans believe the Supreme Court’s June 2023 decision banning the use of affirmative action in college...
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More Universities Join Chicago in Settling Financial Aid Lawsuit

Rice, Emory and Vanderbilt quietly settled last fall in a financial aid lawsuit against 17 institutions. Now pressure is mounting for the remaining defendants in the case.

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Fresh Battle Lines in the Testing Wars

The debate over standardized testing requirements, put on ice during the pandemic, is catching fire again as colleges reconsider their temporary test-optional policies.

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Report: Online Education Completion Lags Behind Face-to-Face Instruction

The University of Florida’s Institute of Higher Education found students who enroll in exclusively online degree programs were less likely to complete a degree than peers who enrolled in some face-to-face courses. But certain actions can help promote online learning success.

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Gaming the Student Visa System

As international recruitment markets shift to South Asia, some colleges are swamped with fake applications and last-minute transfers. Is the system too easy to exploit?