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Private Colleges Focus on Affordability

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So Your College Offers Students an ‘Employment Guarantee’?*

Chronicle of Higher Education

September 18, 2014

Some colleges do offer "employment guarantees." Understanding the promise—and motives—behind those efforts, though, turns out to be more complicated than the simple phrase suggests. Despite the name, the colleges aren’t really guaranteeing that their graduates will land jobs. They’re promising benefits, like offering more classes free or covering some loan payments, to graduates who can’t find work.

These People Can Make Student Loans Disappear


September 18, 2014

Since November 2012, Rolling Jubilee has purchased and eradicated about $15 million worth of debt arising from unpaid medical bills. Today, the group announced that it has erased $3.9 million in private student loans, including Courtney Brown's and those of almost 3,000 other students of the for-profit Everest College.

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


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.

Bill Targets U.S. Education Research

Inside Higher Ed

September 18, 2014

The U.S. Senate’s education committee on Wednesday unanimously approved an education research bill over the objection of some researchers who said they’re concerned about the changes it makes to how federal education research is overseen.

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.

Black Students Graduate With More Debt Than Whites, Study Finds

Chronicle of Higher Education

September 18, 2014

Black college graduates take on significantly more student debt than do their white counterparts, according to a new study by Gallup. The study, conducted with Purdue University and the Lumina Foundation, found that half of black students who graduated from 2000 to 2014 reported graduating with more than $25,000 in debt, compared with 34 percent of white graduates who reported that level of debt.

House Approves $1T Spending Bill

The Hill

September 17, 2014

The House on Wednesday approved a $1 trillion stopgap-spending bill to keep the government funded through December 11. The 319-108 vote sends the bill to the Senate, which is also expected to approve the measure on Thursday. It comes one year after a fight between Republican lawmakers and the White House triggered a 16-day government shutdown.

Legislation Would Reform Federal Student Loan Repayment System

Ripon Advance

September 17, 2014

Bipartisan legislation co-sponsored on Tuesday by Sens. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) and Angus King (I-Maine) would consolidate federal student loan repayment programs into two plans. The Repay Act would streamline the current federal student loan repayment process so students could elect to pursue a 10-year fixed repayment plan or a simplified income-driven repayment option.

The Democrats' Student-Loan Weapon

Wall Street Journal - Commentary

September 17, 2014

Andrew Kelly and Kevin James write: Democrats face an uphill battle in their quest to hold the Senate in November. In their effort to get an edge, they've targeted one group in particular: college-educated voters with student-loan debt. Democratic plans to help student-loan borrowers have been a key talking point on the campaign trail this year, and sit at the center of the party's "Fair Shot" agenda.

Higher-Ed Leaders Worry Most About Declining Enrollment, Survey Finds

Chronicle of Higher Education

September 17, 2014

KPMG released its annual survey of 120 senior executives, mostly chief financial officers, chief academic officers, and controllers, at public and private colleges across the country. This year’s survey of higher-education executives underscores the dilemma that many colleges face as they deal with a declining number of high-school graduates (in much of the country) and falling state and federal spending on higher education.
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