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.

The booklet is free and you may download a copy here.

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December 10, 2013

Focusing on no-loan policies or Pell Grant rules on courseloads misses the reality about access and completion for needy students: the buying power of federal aid hasn't kept up, writes Sara Goldrick-Rab.

December 6, 2013

Nelson Mandela's death puts on hold caucus for college leaders to talk about lower-income student success, for which they have been asked to set specific goals.

December 5, 2013

A report released Wednesday shows another student debt figure is continuing to rise: 2012 college graduates who took out loans borrowed an average of $29,400 of debt to pay for their education. 

December 3, 2013

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has finalized its authority to more closely monitor student loan servicing companies to make sure they're following the law and not misleading consumers. 

November 22, 2013

Two senators join the increasingly crowded Washington bandwagon for alternative forms of higher education to have access to federal funding. They also want college aid tied to institutional performance.

November 21, 2013

At online learning conference, federal officials say Education Department will soon loosen regulations for institutions experimenting with new forms of assessment.

November 19, 2013

As a federal panel reconvenes to negotiate "gainful employment" regulations, representatives of for-profit colleges -- backed by a surprise visit from a key Congresswoman -- step up their criticism.

November 14, 2013

Amid "big" ideas to reimagine Pell Grants and other federal student aid programs, let's not forget some "easy" changes that could have a big impact, Justin Draeger writes.

November 13, 2013

With Michelle Obama's speech on higher education -- and another meeting of university presidents at the White House -- the administration kicks off a new push to increase low-income students' access to college.

November 4, 2013

An idea gaining support in some states has a catchy sales pitch, but is actually a bad deal for students, writes Kati Haycock.


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