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A chart showing that a family with an income of $80,000 could be eligible for $3,000 more in institutional aid, though that number decreases if the family has more children in college.

How New FAFSA Will Change What Students Pay

While students over all will gain billions in funds, students with siblings in college likely could lose some financial aid under the new federal formula.

Education Secretary Miguel Cardona, in a blue jacket and red tie, sits with his hands on a table in a green room.

Hearings Kick Off Negotiated Rule Making

Speakers urged the department to strengthen rules for accreditors and rethink recent guidance for third-party servicers.

Supreme Court Rejects Borrower-Defense Appeal

The U.S. Supreme Court declined to block a class-action settlement in a long-running lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Education...
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How Gainful Employment Changed Higher Ed

The once-revolutionary idea, abandoned under former president Trump, is coming back. Experts think Biden’s gainful-employment rule will be tougher than previous versions and could lead to more programs failing.

A pile of U.S. currency—bundles of $100 bills, scattered $20 bills and some coins—with the words "student debt" in the middle of the pile.

Future of Borrower Defense May Look Different

New borrower defense to repayment regulations may bring increased compliance risks to colleges of all types, Jonathan Helwink writes.

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Narrowing Its Sights

Education Department again delays controversial guidance on outside contractors and says it won’t affect many organizations that critics feared it might.

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Lawsuit Prompts Changes in Fulbright-Hays Grant Program

The Education Department does not consider native language skills as a plus in evaluating applications for a competitive research program. A lawsuit is trying to change that.

Ep. 94: Higher Ed’s Longtime Chief Lobbyist, Unplugged

Terry Hartle talks about the state of U.S. politics, higher ed policy making, and colleges’ role in the culture wars as he concludes 30 years of advocacy for colleges.