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‘Risk Sharing’ Is All the Rage. Is It a Good Idea?

Chronicle of Higher Education

April 1, 2015

"Risk sharing" — the idea that colleges should bear some of the cost when their students default on federal loans — is catching on in Congress. Last week, senators in both parties came together on an amendment to the Senate’s spending blueprint for the 2016 fiscal year that expressed support for the idea. The amendment, which would create a "reserve fund" to reform student lending, passed easily.Read More


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The Burgeoning Student Loan Strike

Inside Higher Ed

April 1, 2015

A big red box of paperwork that activists delivered to federal officials here on Tuesday may hold the key to debt relief for large numbers of students who attended Corinthian Colleges. The group of former Corinthian students refusing to repay their federal loans, which has now grown to 100 people, met Tuesday with top officials from the U.S. Department of Education, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau student loan ombudsman and representatives from the Treasury Department.Read More


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The Ed Dept Knows How to Write Rules, but Does it Know How to Enforce Them?

Ed Central, New America Foundation - Opinion Piece

April 1, 2015

Stephen Burd writes: In 2010, the Obama Administration put new teeth into regulations barring colleges from compensating recruiters based on their success in enrolling students. But apparently, the U.S. Department of Education’s Federal Student Aid (FSA) office, which is in charge of enforcing the rules, didn’t get the message.Read More


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Restore the Pell Grant’s clout

The Hill - Commentary

January 14, 2015

Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-Calif.) writes: As a nation that values education, we should give every willing student the opportunity to succeed. Since 1972, the need-based federal Pell Grant has done just that. At the beginning of the program, the grant covered the entire cost of college. Unfortunately, as tuition costs soar and state and community college budgets are slashed, the federal government is shirking its responsibility to help students succeed. The Pell Grant now covers just a third of the cost of a public four-year school. That means today’s student is left fighting to make ends meet now while being saddled with debt for the future.

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More States Tie Money to Colleges’ Performance, but That May Not Work

Chronicle of Higher Education

January 14, 2015

A report being released on Wednesday throws more cold water on a trend that’s been sweeping the nation for the past several years, most recently with the White House proposal that seeks to make two years of community college free for everyone. It’s called performance-based funding, and it boils down to rewarding or penalizing colleges based in part on the numbers of students they graduate or retain from year to year.

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6 Years in and 6 to Go, Only Modest Progress on Obama’s College-Completion Goal

Chronicle of Higher Education

January 20, 2015

Six years ago, in his first address to a joint session of Congress, President Obama set a bold, if daunting, goal: to lead the world in college completion by 2020. Today, as Mr. Obama prepares to deliver his next-to-last State of the Union address to Congress, the nation has moved up only slightly, into a tie for 11th place, and the president’s ambitious goal looks unachievable.

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Free Community College Stories Roundup - January 16, 2015

Multiple Sources

January 16, 2015

Here is a collection of articles, alphabetized by source, on President Obama's proposal to provide free community college.

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