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Conference and new research takes a broader look at the college match challenge


College-match discussion should be about typical students and colleges, experts say at conference, not just whether high-performing, low-income students get into elite colleges.

Vanderbilt University weighs in on its controversial compliance costs report

While discussing the Higher Education Act, Vanderbilt's chancellor equated cost of compliance to $11,000 per student -- and the message snowballed.

Federal work-study pays off best for students at public colleges, but increases debt loads

Federal work-study generally boosts students' odds of graduating and getting a job, study finds. But money too often goes to wealthier students, and findings show an alarming increase in participants' debt loads.

Education Department confirms Pell Grant pilot program for prisoners

Obama administration confirms its pilot program to offer Pell Grants to some prisoners is coming this Friday, and some Republican opposition is already forming.

White House pivots to accountability and outcomes, and away from debt-free, in major Duncan speech

In major policy speech, Arne Duncan says student debt is only part of higher education's problem, and calls for renewed policy push on student success and return on investment. 

California's reinvestment in student aid could hint toward move for free two-year college

California is investing money in expanding aid programs that benefit its community college students, which could be a sign that free two-year college is a possibility.

The for-profit industry is struggling, but has not reached the end of the road

Feeling the push to survive heightened regulations, intense scrutiny and negative perceptions, the for-profit industry looks to transition to a new era.

O'Malley and Bush argue about merits of debt-free college plan

More Democratic presidential hopefuls weigh in on debt-free college, with one, Martin O'Malley, squaring off against Jeb Bush, a Republican presidential hopeful. What will Hillary Clinton do?

Oregon passes free community college bill as congressional Democrats introduce federal version

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.

Education Department says rating system will be consumer tool rather than comparison of colleges

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.


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