Federal policy

'Solutions for Our Future'

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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.

Student Aid Raid Continues, Colleges Say

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Lobbyists object to Congressional proposal to use Pell Grant surplus for non-college programs.

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.

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