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NAICU debunks the major myths surrounding private nonprofit colleges and universities. Visit 9myths.org to get the facts!

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GOP gives feds’ college rating plan an F

Politico

December 18, 2014

Education Secretary Arne Duncan has said he sees rating colleges as “a financial and moral obligation,” meant to help families make wise choices and to ensure taxpayers’ $150 billion annual investment in student aid isn’t squandered. But GOP critics frame the rating plan — expected Friday — as yet another example of arrogance and imperialism from the White House.Read More


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2 Takes on Student-Loan Defaults: Is the Glass Half-Full or Half-Empty?

Chronicle of Higher Education

December 18, 2014

There’s good news, and somewhat discouraging news, in the Education Department’s latest data on student-loan repayment. More borrowers with federal direct loans are opting into income-based plans, lowering their monthly payments and their risk of default. However, forbearances and defaults continue to climb.Read More


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A Steep Slide in Law School Enrollment Accelerates

New York Times, DealB%k - Blog

December 18, 2014

The bottom of the law school market just keeps on dropping. Enrollment numbers of first-year law students have sunk to levels not seen since 1973, when there were 53 fewer law schools in the United States, according to the figures just released by the American Bar Association. The 37,924 full- and part-time students who started classes in 2014 represent a 30 percent decline from just four years ago, when enrollment peaked at 52,488.Read More


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Harvard Is Better at Admitting Low-Income Students Than the University of Wisconsin

Vox

September 18, 2014

The underrepresentation of low-income students should be particularly troubling at public universities for two reasons. First, while the admissions process is still competitive, many public universities accept a higher proportion of their applicants than the most elite private colleges. Yale accepted 6 percent of its applicants last year; Wisconsin accepted more than half.

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Time to Stop the Sob Stories About Student Loan Debt

Forbes - Commentary

September 18, 2014

Jeffrey Dorfman writes: The New York Times informed its readers last week that there are now two million people over 60 years old that still have student loan debt, with an average loan balance of $21,000. To put this report in context, those two million seniors represent only three percent of all people in that age bracket and the average balance of $21,000 is only 78 percent of the size of the average car loan ($27,000). Assumedly many more than three percent of Americans over the age of 60 have car loans, yet nobody thinks that is a crisis.

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Why the Government Won't Let Colleges Reduce Tuition

American.com

September 17, 2014

Most people think that college tuition is too high, and many presidents of private colleges agree with that sentiment and would like to cut their tuition. However, they cannot legally do so, at least not in a way that would be beneficial for them — which would be for a large group of private colleges to jointly reduce tuition.

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