Students from 2015 graduating class of Texas Southmost College.
Despite good intentions, efforts to hold colleges and universities accountable often miss the mark. The reasons why range from politics to resistance among the institutions themselves.
The storm clouds above South Africa’s universities could be dissipated with careful fiscal planning.
Alternative scenarios for tertiary funding in South Africa are set out in a completely separate report from the Davis Tax Committee drawing from work done by the higher education department.
The proposed tax bill could make higher ed even less affordable.
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Republican lawmakers say the proposed changes to the tax code would 'streamline' higher ed benefits. But this overhaul would squeeze many, if not most, students and schools.
How can we help the tens of thousands of college students who have been defrauded?
Students across the country have been defrauded by for-profit schools. Fine print in their enrollment contracts has stopped them from bringing their cases to court, but new rules could help.
Betsy Devos has been busy advancing a conservative education agenda since her confirmation earlier this year.
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From student loans to Title IX, Betsy DeVos has had a busy six months in office. But despite numerous reversals of Obama-era guidelines, little has come in the way of tangible policy.
Has student debt changed because the purpose of education has changed?
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About 44 million Americans are still paying off student loan debt. But it didn't always used to be this way. As the perceived purpose of a college education changed, so too did the way we pay for it.
Is the sky really the limit when you’re from a poorer background?
The current system disproportionately limits opportunities for young people from low-income backgrounds.
Women are likely to be disproportionately affected by the new VET student loan scheme.
Placing greater control over student fees will not lift the quality of student outcomes and ensure the integrity of the qualifications issued.
Tanzania’s government is spending money on students who don’t exist.
Tanzania's government has uncovered evidence of 2 000 "ghost" students who are fraudulently obtaining loans. This costs the country and other students dearly.
Both major parties support lowering the repayment threshold for student loans.
The threshold for paying back student loans will vary depending on which party wins the election.
A cap is a sensible option, but it must form part of a total redesign of the VET financing system.
Loan caps are only a partial solution to a much bigger problem – declining public investment in VET and a dysfunctional VET financing system, which neither side of politics has been willing to address.
What is the best HELP repayment option for all graduates?
Combining a lower repayment scale with a super option would allow for earlier repayment of HELP loans and greater flexibility for graduates to manage living expenses early in their careers.
$4 billion of student loan debt is likely to never be repaid by 2025.
Academic experts respond to the latest report by the Parliamentary Budget Office on the impact of student loans on the budget.
Should we lower the threshold at which graduates repay their university debt?
A new report has called on the government to lower the threshold at which university graduates repay their debt from $54,126 to $42,000. But is this fair on students?
Is Education Minister Simon Birmingham right to say Australia runs one of the most generous student loan schemes in the world?
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Simon Birmingham, Minister for Education and Training, said this week that Australia runs one of the most generous student loan schemes in the world. Is that right?
Debt lost from graduates working overseas is estimated to cost the taxpayer around $30m a year.
Australians who live in another country for more than six months will now have to pay back their student loans.
It’s difficult for students who are struggling financially to focus on their academic work.
For many students, stress about money is a terrible and unwelcome distraction from their degrees – qualifications they hope can lift themselves and their families out of poverty.
Where will the money come from for Hillary Clinton’s college plan?
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Hillary Clinton's US$350 billion college plan will need a doubling of the federal government’s funding to colleges. But this large expansion in federal dollars will not be without its own costs.
A crisis for whom?
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For many borrowers — particularly those with advanced degrees — a high debt is far from a crisis.
How did US student loan debt get so big?
The US student loan system is unique in age, size, and scope. Since 1958, the US has had some form of federally sponsored student loan system. Since inception, college and borrowing have become much more…