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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October 22, 2015
In a decision hailed by consumer advocates, a federal appeals court rules that a major student loan agency is not immune from lawsuits.
October 22, 2015
Announcing his decision not to enter the 2016 presidential race, Biden endorses four years of free public higher education, proposals that his would-be Democratic contenders have been championing.
October 20, 2015
Education Department plans to push agencies to focus on student outcomes.
October 20, 2015
More than 200 colleges and universities have said they’re interested in joining the Obama administration’s pilot program that will provide Pell Grants to incarcerated students, an official said Monday. Under Secretary of Education Ted Mitchell told reporters that the Education Department had received “over 200” letters of interest from colleges and universities that want to participate in the program, which the administration has dubbed Second Chance Pell. The deadline for colleges to respond was Oct. 2.
October 19, 2015
University follows its controversial study on regulatory burden on colleges with an expanded analysis, and estimates the costs to all of higher ed.
October 15, 2015
Nearly one-third of student loan borrowers with old federally guaranteed loans are either in default or behind on their payments -- yet few are using income-based repayment programs, according to a new report by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
October 14, 2015
Presidential hopefuls Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders clashed briefly over their college affordability plans during the Democratic Party’s first debate Wednesday night.
October 14, 2015
A new online tool aims to highlight how colleges and universities across the country are “powerful constituents” of their respective members of Congress. New America, a nonpartisan think tank based in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday published a new database that shows, in each congressional district, how much colleges spend, how many people they employ and the amount of federal student aid they receive.
October 13, 2015
As Democrats pitch various "free" college plans to voters this year, some also encourage or require that students work in exchange for those new benefits.
October 9, 2015
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is investigating Wells Fargo over its student loan servicing practices, The Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday. Citing multiple anonymous sources, the Journal reported that the consumer bureau’s inquiry into the bank goes back at least to late last year. It’s not clear what loan-servicing issues the CFPB is investigating.

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