Federal policy

Too Much Debt, or Not Enough?

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Policy makers and researchers debate whether a $20,000 student loan burden is "unmanageable."

Bad Budget News for College Programs

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Compromise spending bill would keep maximum Pell Grant at $4,050 and freeze most other student aid programs.

House Rejects Education Budget Bill

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22 Republicans vote with Democrats on measure that college groups staunchly opposed, but alternatives  are unpleasant.

U.S. Support for Science Softens

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Federal obligations for research appear to flatten in 2005, NSF study finds.

Net Price vs. Sticker Price

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When financial aid is included, what students pay rises less sharply -- but still usually outpaces inflation, U.S. study finds.

Lenders Speak Out Against Cuts

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Letter to lawmakers says reductions in student loan programs would hurt students and lenders alike, limiting access to college.

Senate Plans Scrutiny of American U.

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Finance panel's review to focus on board's due diligence in setting ex-president's pay -- and nonprofit trustee oversight generally.

Tough Love for Colleges

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Federal higher ed panel emphasizes colleges' high prices and urges greater accountability.

A Key Senator's Suggestions

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It's far from clear, at this relatively early stage, whether the Secretary of Education's Commission on the Future of Higher Education will go the legislative route to pursue whatever changes its members desire. But if the panel chooses to do so, it will almost certainly need the help of U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), the former U.S. education secretary and University of Tennessee president who heads the Senate's education subcommittee. 

Painful Weekend in Congress

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Bills contain mostly bad tidings for colleges and students, especially on loans, but funds may surface for science grants and Katrina-damaged colleges.

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