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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Most Recent Articles

July 21, 2015
On social media and in person, student activists zero in on financial aid administrators' annual conference.
July 17, 2015
Guaranty agency sues U.S. over a prohibition on borrower fees -- the latest fight between Obama administration and parts of the lending industry it sidelined from federal student loan program in late 2000s.
July 14, 2015
The total number of colleges that U.S. Department of Education regulators are more closely monitoring because of concerns about their ability to handle federal funds ticked downward slightly last month, recently released data show. The Education Department has updated its list of colleges facing extra scrutiny known as heightened cash monitoring. The new list shows that, as of June 1, 413 institutions were on the lower tier of cash monitoring, and 70 institutions were on the more restrictive level.
July 13, 2015
After criticism from some black college leaders, the legislation for Obama's free community college proposal includes a new grant program aimed at HBCUs and minority-serving institutions.
July 9, 2015
The foundation's first higher education policy proposal aims to simplify the financial aid process for students while satisfying college and state concerns about getting rid of too much information.
July 8, 2015
Education Department issues new guidance on when guaranty agencies should oppose borrowers pursuing loan discharge in bankruptcy court; consumer advocates say it will provide little help.
June 19, 2015
As fight against college debt has its moment, what do college association leaders think about it?
June 19, 2015
Who is pushing which ideas -- and why.
June 11, 2015
Senator Elizabeth Warren, an influential progressive voice among Democrats, lays out her vision for accomplishing debt-free college. It will take a drastic overhaul of higher education policy, she says.
June 9, 2015
The Obama administration has instructed regulators at the U.S. Department of Education to more aggressively pursue colleges found violating the federal ban on paying bonuses to recruiters. Officials announced Monday that they repealed a 2002 Bush administration memorandum that largely restricted the department’s enforcement of the incentive compensation ban to using fines rather than tougher penalties like limiting a college’s access to federal aid.


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