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Obama's plan lives on, with newly proposed federal legislation. But the real action is happening in states and cities, most notably with Oregon following Tennessee's lead with a statewide version.
Colleges and banks say new Education Department rules governing debit cards and more would limit choice and might be illegal, while consumer advocates urge the agency to crack down even further.
Federal accountability system won't compare colleges or assign scores, as Obama sought, but will instead be a data-rich, consumer-facing tool on access, affordability and performance.
Who is pushing which ideas -- and why.
Education Department and regional accreditors seek common ground on competency-based education, including what the faculty role should be in the emerging form of higher education.
Governor, in education speech at Iowa State U, says some colleges are "drunk" on spending. But he also endorses more support for federal aid programs.
As colleges increasingly turn to outside companies for a range of services relating to financial aid, the Education Department steps up its regulation of those companies.
Federal Trade Commission is latest agency to pursue for-profits, announcing that online Ashworth College has settled over allegations of misrepresenting transfer credits and state licensure prerequisites to students.
The gap between wealthy universities and the rest of the pack is widening at an ever faster pace, leaving low-income students in the lurch.
The Education Department is considering a limited experiment to allow incarcerated students to receive Pell Grants, which could build momentum for lifting a Clinton-era congressional ban.
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