Michael Stratford

Michael Stratford, Reporter, covers federal policy for Inside Higher Ed. He joined the publication in August 2013 after a stint covering the Arkansas state legislature for The Associated Press. He previously worked and interned at Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine and The Chronicle of Higher Education. At The Chronicle, he wrote about federal policy and covered higher education issues in the 2012 elections. Michael grew up in Belmont, Mass. and graduated from Cornell University, where he was managing editor of The Cornell Daily Sun.

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August 19, 2015
Eleven state attorneys general on Tuesday urged the U.S. Department of Education to seek their input as it develops a process for discharging federal loans for students who attended colleges that defrauded them.
August 19, 2015
A federal appeals judge said Tuesday that student loan guaranty agencies are not allowed to charge collection fees to borrowers who default on their debt but quickly start repaying.
August 17, 2015
Hillary Clinton on Friday outlined some of the details to her plan for the federal government to do more to support students working to get undergraduate degrees while also raising children.
August 14, 2015
Education Department will stop giving colleges information from federal form about students' college preferences, which critics said disadvantaged some students during the admissions and financial aid process.
August 12, 2015
The fight over college ratings is over -- but what do institutions and others want to see in the consumer tool the Obama administration is developing in their place?
August 11, 2015
Hillary Clinton's college affordability plan is the latest by Democrats to call for a large infusion of federal dollars to prod states to reduce or lower tuition. Will that reshape federal influence in funding higher education?
August 10, 2015
The U.S. Senate last week unanimously approved a resolution commemorating the 125th university of the Second Morrill Act that led to the creation of 19 historically black land-grant universities. The resolution celebrates that 1890 law and designates Aug. 30 as 1890 Land-Grant Institutions Quasquicentennial Recognition Day.
August 6, 2015
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, who is seeking the Republican presidential nomination, owes more than $100,000 in loans for his children’s college education, newly released financial disclosure statements show. Walker reported owing between $100,000 and $125,000 in federal student loans for his two sons, according to disclosure forms posted online by CNN. Walker’s sons are attending Marquette University and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
August 6, 2015
A bipartisan duo of U.S. senators on Wednesday introduced legislation that would overhaul a key way the government holds colleges accountable for student outcomes and also create a new risk-sharing program.
August 5, 2015
Three Senate Democrats on Wednesday called for an independent investigation into the U.S. Department of Education’s review of its loan servicing contractors that largely cleared the companies of allegations they overcharged military service members.


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