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Private Colleges Focus on Affordability

New campus affordability measures are helping to keep students' and families' out-of-pocket costs as low as possible. Tuition cuts and freezes, three-year degree programs, and more. Complete list

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Beware of Colleges' 'Bait-and-Switch' Aid Offers - Commentary


February 27, 2015

Families receiving college financial aid offers this spring should beware: what they see this year may not be what they get next year.  Some colleges make their most generous offers to high school seniors as a lure to attend, a practice known as "front-loading." But those returning for their sophomore and subsequent years at university may get thousands of dollars less in grants and scholarships than they did as freshmen. Often, the free money is replaced by student loans.

Senate’s Revamped Sexual-Assault Bill Puts More Pressure on Colleges

Chronicle of Higher Education

February 27, 2015

The Campus Safety and Accountability Act, sponsored by six Democrats and six Republicans, builds on legislation that was introduced over the summer but never came to a vote. The new version was strengthened with additional input from sexual-assault survivors, students, colleges, law enforcement, and advocacy groups, according to one of its main sponsors, Sen. Claire McCaskill, a Missouri Democrat. A companion bill is expected to be introduced soon in the House of Representatives.

The Ever-Growing World of College Rankings

Chronicle of Higher Education

February 27, 2015

Another day, another college ranking. Or so it seems. Last year at least three new rankings emerged from national publications or major companies, joining a long line of magazines that have entered the rankings game since U.S. News & World Report started publishing its list annually, in 1985.

Private Colleges Say Sexual Assault Laws are Adding Up

Time Warner Cable News

February 26, 2015

By Dennis McDonald's count, there are now four federal and state laws to protect college students from sexual assault, or help them in the event of an assault. "The Cleary Act, the Campus Save Act, Title IX, and Article 129 of New York State Education Law," said the V.P. for Student Affairs at Albany's College of Saint Rose. Now, Governor Cuomo wants to add a fifth mandate to the list

Soon Student Loans Will Look Like the Tax Code

Huffington Post - Opinion Piece

February 26, 2015

Bob Hildreth writes: Students often borrow a mix of different types of loans, which means that they need to understand the specific terms of each loan. They need to know whether their loans accrue interest while in college, whether they grant a grace period after college, what interest rates their lenders charge and which repayment plans they are eligible for. For federal loans, the government currently offers seven repayment plans, plus the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program. For private loans, students must contact each provider to investigate if any special repayment plan is available.

Boyhood Is the Best Movie Ever Made About Why We Go to College

Vox - Commentary

February 26, 2015

Vox Reporter Libby Nelson writes:  It's a travesty that Boyhood didn't win Best Picture. I saw it five months ago, and I'm still thinking about it, in part for an unusual reason: it might be the best movie ever made about going to college in America.  Americans expect a lot from college. College is seen as the best, maybe the last, engine of social mobility. But in the popular imagination, it's also where you become an adult — a place not just to get a degree, but to drink illicitly at parties and hook up in dorm-room beds, cheer for a football team or sing in an a capella group.

The House Wants Meaningful Education Reforms

National Review - Commentary

February 26, 2015

U.S. House of Representatives Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) writes: It’s not easy for the average family to ensure that their child receives a quality education. And the federal government is not making it any easier. 

College Ratings Plan Not the Answer

The Hill - Commentary

February 26, 2015

U.S. Representatives Michael Capuano (D-Mass.) & Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) write: Do engineers matter more than the science teachers who fired their imaginations? Are accounting majors more valuable to our society than someone studying theology? Should a university receive less financial aid because their students choose humanitarian service instead of high paying jobs? How can these incomparables be measured – and should we try? The Obama administration raises these important questions with its Postsecondary Institution Ratings System (PIRS) for colleges and universities. In December, the Administration unveiled its proposed framework, but many questions remain.

In New Hampshire, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio Highlights Need for Higher Education Reform

February 26, 2015

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio says the country's higher education system needs to focus less on granting four-year degrees and more on giving students the skills they need to find good-paying jobs.  Rubio's remarks came Tuesday during a speech at St. Anselm College's "Politics & Eggs" political lecture series.

Colleges Are Buried in Red Tape

U.S. News & World Report

February 26, 2015

When it comes to higher education, the system that oversees it is a tangled, bureaucratic mess, according to a new report released Tuesday. “America’s 6,000 colleges and universities live in a jungle of red tape that is expensive and confusing and unnecessary,” said Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., chairman of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee.
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