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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March 19, 2015
WASHINGTON -- A group of demonstrators interrupted a U.S. Senate Budget Committee hearing Wednesday, decrying proposed reductions in higher education spending in the budget blueprints released this week by Congressional Republicans.
March 18, 2015
In attempt to balance the federal budget, House Republicans are again proposing that the maximum grant award remain at its current level for a decade. 
March 18, 2015
Mid-Continent University's closure last year left a messy situation for students -- and it was precipitated by financial sanctions the U.S. Department of Education uses to rein in colleges.
March 12, 2015
Some debt collectors fired by the Department of Education last month may continue to operate under a different contract -- as the companies mount a legal response to the administration’s crackdown.
March 11, 2015
Borrowers of federal student loans have a "fundamentally different" relationship to their debt than other financial obligations, according to a new report by the New America think tank. The report, written by Jason Delisle and Alexander Holt, is based on an analysis of several focus groups of student loan borrowers across the country.
March 10, 2015
President Obama announced a series of executive actions aimed at improving and centralizing the customer service experience of borrowers with federal student loans.
March 5, 2015
Congressional Democrats and consumer groups are pushing the Obama administration to use a little-known provision of federal law to relieve the federal loan debt of some Corinthian borrowers. 
March 4, 2015
An “extraordinarily” detailed analysis of student-level data in Virginia shows low-income students were hit hardest as public colleges and universities raised tuition during Great Recession.
March 2, 2015
The Education Department plans to end its contract with Navient and four other companies that collect federal student loans for misleading struggling loan borrowers. 
February 27, 2015
Renewing their push to combat campus sexual assault, a bipartisan group of 10 senators outlined modest revisions to their legislation aimed at holding colleges more accountable.

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