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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April 10, 2015
As the campaign for debt relief for its students mounts, for-profit Corinthian Colleges tries to pressure California's attorney general to ease her scrutiny as the chain seeks buyers for its campuses in the state.
April 8, 2015
The U.S. Department of Education on Monday clarified that colleges are able to take some active steps to help students avoid excessive loan amounts. Federal law requires that colleges in most cases disburse to students any amount of federal loan they request so long as they are eligible for it.
April 7, 2015
The Obama administration is eyeing a plan that would make it easier for community colleges to appeal high loan default rates because relatively few of their students take out loans.
April 6, 2015
The remaining colleges -- most of which have been singled out for scrutiny over "severe" audit findings -- are mostly for-profit colleges and beauty schools. 
April 2, 2015
The U.S. Department of Education plans to release on Friday the names of the nearly two dozen colleges it had redacted from the list of colleges it is watching more closely.
April 1, 2015
The number of students refusing to repay the loans they took out to attend a for-profit college swells to 100 -- and meeting with U.S. officials gives them a boost.
March 31, 2015
Education Department releases most of the names of colleges that have had access to federal student aid curtailed over concerns about financial viability, administrative capacity or other issues.
March 30, 2015
The Education Department plans to release list of colleges whose federal aid is restricted because of concerns they pose risks to students and taxpayers. In recent years most on list have been for-profit colleges. 
March 27, 2015
The U.S. Department of Education needs to do a better job of managing the federal grant program for teachers, according to a report by the Government Accountability Office. The TEACH Grant program provides up to $4,000 a year for students who commit to teaching low-income school districts for at least four out of eight years after graduation.
March 26, 2015
U.S. government declines to identify dozens of institutions whose federal funding it has restricted because of concerns about their risk to students and taxpayers.

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