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Busting the Myths about Private Colleges

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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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Clery Fines: Proposed vs. Actual

Inside Higher Education

July 17, 2014

Since the U.S. Department of Education in 2010 formed a specialized unit to enforce the federal campus safety law known as the Clery Act, an increasing number of colleges have faced fines for violating it. Department officials over the past four years have finalized the penalties against 15 institutions, compared with the six total fines doled out during the previous decade.

Dropping Profit

Inside Higher Education

July 17, 2014

These are hard days for most for-profit colleges. Declining revenues and an ongoing regulatory crackdown has led to speculation that some in the sector -- including one of the major, publicly traded companies -- will go nonprofit to get out of the crosshairs.

Is the Tax Code the Proper Tool for Making Higher Education More Affordable?

July 16, 2014

Considering the financial benefits of getting a college degree, lawmakers have sought to help students afford the cost of higher education. Traditionally, this was done through loan programs and direct subsidies such as Pell Grants. However, higher education policy has shifted in recent years away from traditional loan and direct subsidy programs toward the use of various tax credits.

College Students Challenge North Carolina Voting Law

USA Today

July 16, 2014

Starting in 2016, students in North Carolina will have to present a photo ID to vote. Among the forms of acceptable identification are driver’s licenses, passports and military IDs. College IDs, however, are not accepted. The new law has troubled many students in the college community, and now seven students are suing.

New Analysis Says College Is (Surprise!) Still Worth the Cost

Chronicle of Higher Education

July 16, 2014

An analysis released on Wednesday by the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland comes to a familiar conclusion about the value of a college education: While earning a degree saddles many people with student-loan debt, it still pays off in the long run.

Flunking Out, at a Price

New York Times

July 16, 2014

In the years before the mortgage crisis, financial regulators often looked the other way as banks and other lenders pursued reckless activities that cost investors, taxpayers and borrowers billions of dollars. When trouble hit, these regulators had to scramble to fix the mess that their inertia had helped create. This same dismal pattern is now playing out in the for-profit education arena.

Liberal Education, Soft Skills, and Success

Huffington Post - Presidential Opinion

July 16, 2014

Thomas A. Kazee, President, University of Evansville writes: Rather than lamenting the absence of technical or similar job-specific skills, many employers say that too many college graduates lack communication and decision-making ability, an understanding of how to think independently but also to work in teams, to solve complex problems and to construct cogent arguments. They lack, we're told, an understanding of leadership, creativity, and emotional intelligence. In other words, it isn't primarily the "hard skills" that these graduates lack, but the so-called "soft skills."

How to Lie With Education Data, Part 1

Chronicle of Higher Education, Data Points - Blog

July 16, 2014

Jonah Newman writes: Just because a college degree and a new electric car cost the same does not mean that they are of equal value. While the value of a car depreciates the moment you take it on the road—just as most tangible items, with the exception of real estate, depreciate with use—the value of a college degree appreciates. You can’t say that about hundreds of headphones or thousands of amusement-park rides. Talk about zero return on investment.

Here's Your Grant Money, College Students. Don't Spend It All in One Place.

National Journal

July 16, 2014

Imagine a would-be college student filling out just one financial-aid form and then being given her allotted Pell Grant money automatically each semester until graduation. That, in principle, is what House Republicans would like to see happen as they update the current federal higher-education law. It is the most far-reaching proposal on their wish list of ideas to simplify and streamline the all-too-vexing college financing system.

Parents Won't Pay Your Tuition? The Government Won't Help Either


July 16, 2014

If a student is under 24, the government and most colleges assume that the student's parents will help pay for the cost of college — even if ample documentation exists that the parents won't.
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