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Textbook prices are taking a toll on student finances. alphaspirit/Shutterstock.com

Why do college textbooks cost so much? 7 questions answered

Textbook prices are causing many college students to forego the books they need for class, putting their grades in peril and leading many to miss out on certain courses, research shows.
College rankings often take student caliber into account, an analysis shows. vectorfusionart/Shutterstock.com

College rankings might as well be student rankings

College rankings are set up to make you believe one college is better than another. But a closer look reveals college rankings may be measuring something entirely different.
Keeping sight of the reasons you’re in college helps stave off burnout. WAYHOME studio/Shutterstock.com

5 tips for college students to avoid burnout

Going to college can be a stressful experience that takes a toll on students' health and well-being. A higher education specialist offers tips to keep the stress at bay.
Private college students graduate at higher rates, government statistics show. 4 PM production/Shutterstock.com

Free college proposals should include private colleges

The 'free college' proposals being floated by 2020 presidential candidates don't include private colleges. A higher education scholar asks why, especially since privates have higher graduation rates.
White nationalists participate in a torch-lit march on the grounds of the University of Virginia ahead of the Unite the Right Rally in Charlottesville, Va., on Aug. 11, 2017. Stephanie Keith/Reuters

Talking about Charlottesville with alt-right students

A Holocaust scholar discusses what she learned from reaching out to alt-right students and capturing their reflections on the white nationalist Charlottesville rally of 2017.
Washington state has passed a measure to cover college tuition for students from low- and moderate-income families. VDB Photos/Shutterstock.com

Washington state’s big bet on ‘free college’

A new law in Washington state that makes college mostly free for many students is meant to prepare more residents from the state for jobs in the local economy. Whether it will work remains to be seen.
Left: Robert Smith. Right (clockwise from left): Beyonce Knowles-Carter, Jay-Z, LeBron James and Nicki Minaj. Reuters, USA Today

Could black philanthropy help solve the black student debt crisis?

A recent gift by billionaire Robert Smith to pay off the student loans of 2019 graduates of Morehouse points to the potential of America's black elite to pay off all black students' college loans.
Students’ home and family backgrounds will be factored into their SAT scores. Monkey Business Images/www.shutterstock.com

The SAT’s new ‘adversity score’ is a poor fix for a problematic test

The College Board is adding a new 'adversity score' to the SAT to take students' socioeconomic backgrounds into account. Will the move correct long-standing disparities in the college entrance exam?
Students hug after a ceremony at Tufts University May 3. The ceremony celebrated 58 students who are the first in their family to receive a college degree. Anna Miller/Tufts University

This commencement speech had nothing but questions

At a special commencement ceremony for first-generation college graduates, a dean gave a speech made up of nothing but questions.
Changing the way you think about stress can help you deal with it better, research shows. sun ok from www.shutterstock.com

5 tips for college students to use final exam stress to their advantage

Although the end of the semester can be a stressful time for students, embracing the stress can help students deal with it better than trying to avoid it, a well-being expert argues.
Assistant professor of chemistry Sidney Wilkerson-Hill, left, in a chemistry lab at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, with Bolatito Babatunde, a student in the Chancellor’s Science Scholars program at UNC. Lars Sahl / UNC Chemistry

Here’s how to increase diversity in STEM at the college level and beyond

Researchers find promising results for two programs patterned after the Meyerhoff Scholars Program, a renowned initiative launched at UMBC in the 1980s and known to increase diversity in STEM.
Luis Miguel, son of migrant farmworkers in California, catches up on school work by attending Cyber High. Aggie Ebrahimi Bazaz

Missing school is a given for children of migrant farmworkers

For children of migrant farmworkers in California, school gets disrupted due to a controversial housing policy that makes migrants leave town during the off-season, a documentary filmmaker reveals.
Research shows prison education lessens the chances that inmates will return to prison after their release. Elaine Thompson/AP

Why federal student aid should be restored for people in prison

For people in prison to have a better chance at earning a living upon release, Congress should lift a longstanding ban on federal student aid for those serving time, a criminal justice scholar argues.

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