Student Aid and Loans

Student Aid and Loans
Oct 05, 2015
The long-serving education secretary expanded Pell Grants, encouraged experimentation, cracked down on for-profit colleges and took federal regulation into uncharted waters.


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"Dealing With Debt " is Inside Higher Ed's latest print-on-demand compilation of articles. It explores such topics as student loan default rates, income-based repayment, financial aid simplification and other topics.

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October 6, 2015

It will help students not only pay for college and develop skills in a real-world setting but also tackle important social issues, write Marvin Krislov and Robert Hackett.

October 5, 2015

The long-serving education secretary expanded Pell Grants, encouraged experimentation, cracked down on for-profit colleges and took federal regulation into uncharted waters.

October 1, 2015

The share of students defaulting on their federal loans within three years fell this year, as the Obama administration again made a controversial tweak to the default rates in ways that helped some colleges.

September 30, 2015

Under pressure from its governing board the University of Iowa is leveraging financial aid to increase resident enrollment. And as competition for the state's students is increasing, the number of college-bound Iowans is not -- causing concern among Iowa's private colleges. 

September 28, 2015

Concerns among policy makers and the public are mounting over reductions in state spending on public higher education, but what's missing is a serious conversation about whether those cuts are fairly distributed, write Sara Goldrick-Rab and Tammy Kolbe.

September 17, 2015

Allowing applicants for financial aid to use income information from two-year-old tax returns, instead of only the prior year's, is a big win for students, says W. Kent Barnds.

September 15, 2015

The White House's new College Scorecard will let students know what they are paying for and allow colleges to move the dial on student completion, writes Nancy Zimpher.

September 15, 2015

The Obama administration's FAFSA changes generate support -- and a few questions -- from colleges and financial aid experts.

September 14, 2015

"Prior-prior year" and ability to apply months earlier than in the past are seen as ways to simplify the process.

September 14, 2015

The Obama administration releases its revamped consumer tool -- in lieu of a college ratings system -- featuring data on postcollege earnings and how well students are repaying their loans.


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