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.


March 13, 2015 -- Inside Higher Ed's 2015 Survey of College and University Presidents explored the views of presidents on the financial sustainability of their institutions, the Obama administration's rating system, sexual assault, race and their role in the tenure process, among other topics.

The survey was conducted in conjunction with researchers from Gallup Education. Inside Higher Ed regularly surveys key higher ed professionals on a range of topics.

On April 14, Inside Higher Ed Editors Doug Lederman and Scott Jaschik analyzed the survey's findings and answered readers' questions about them in a free webinar. View the webinar here.

The Inside Higher Ed survey of presidents was made possible in part by advertising from Academic Partnerships, Jenzabar and Pearson.


"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.

This booklet is part of a series of such compilations that Inside Higher Ed is publishing on a range of topics.

Inside Higher Ed will present a free webinar on Wednesday, June 10, at 2 p.m. Eastern, about the themes of the booklet. Click here to sign up.

This booklet was made possible in part through the financial support of Inceptia.


June 14, 2012

Responses to Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's request for borrowers' stories on private student loans reveal familiar complaints, but it's unclear what steps the agency might recommend.

June 13, 2012

Education Department releases its second annual compilation of most expensive colleges by sticker and net price, but this year, officials focus on the role state budget cuts have played in recent increases.

June 8, 2012

Iowa proposal to eliminate use of tuition dollars for financial aid raises questions about who should shoulder the burden of financial aid and who decides how aid gets doled out.

June 7, 2012

Congress and the White House are deadlocked over expensive ways to keep the interest rate low on some student loans for a year. Jason Delisle offers a long-term alternative that would help more students and cost the government nothing.

June 6, 2012

10 colleges and state systems have agreed to use a Consumer Financial Protection Bureau "shopping sheet" to give students information on financial aid.

June 5, 2012

With concern growing about the cost of federal student aid, policy makers need a better tool for gauging how program changes would affect different students and colleges. Bill Goggin proposes one.

May 17, 2012

Government-subsidized loans are feeding students' debt and colleges' tuition increases. When will taxpayers and politicians decide that enough's enough? asks Thomas Lindsay.

May 3, 2012

In the first weeks of the 2012 campaign, Obama and Romney focused not on economic or foreign issues but on the student loan interest rate. Could student debt play a significant role in this year's elections?

April 23, 2012

The looming interest rate increase for subsidized student loans replays a familiar storyline: crisis, last-minute fix, another crisis. Meanwhile, the loans' future is in jeopardy.

April 12, 2012

While recognizing looming challenges, elite liberal arts college presidents think their best course is to continue to do what they do best and try to change the conversation about educational value.


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