Republican leaders lack votes, for now, on budget package that would slash $14.3 billion from lenders and students.
To make the case for U.S. aid, higher ed groups tally cost of colleges' Katrina cleanup: over $2 billion.
Nearly every gathering of college officials these days reveals at least an undercurrent of concern, if not a full blown anxiety fest, about the public’s heightened scrutiny of and skepticism about higher education.
Lobbyists object to Congressional proposal to use Pell Grant surplus for non-college programs.
Policy makers and researchers debate whether a $20,000 student loan burden is "unmanageable."
Compromise spending bill would keep maximum Pell Grant at $4,050 and freeze most other student aid programs.
22 Republicans vote with Democrats on measure that college groups staunchly opposed, but alternatives are unpleasant.
Federal obligations for research appear to flatten in 2005, NSF study finds.
When financial aid is included, what students pay rises less sharply -- but still usually outpaces inflation, U.S. study finds.
Letter to lawmakers says reductions in student loan programs would hurt students and lenders alike, limiting access to college.
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