The Pell Grant covers less than 30 percent of the costs to attend a four-year public college.
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The Pell Grant would have to be doubled in order for its purchasing power to be anywhere near what it used to be, a scholar observes.
Parents who borrow for their children’s college education say finances control their lives.
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Student loan debt can hurt borrowers, but the pain is even greater when the borrower is taking out a student loan for their child, new research shows.
College expenses determined by net price calculators can vary by an average of $5,700.
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Net price calculators – online tools meant to estimate what students will actually pay for college – can produce varying results for students in similar economic situations, researchers find.
First-generation college students have less ‘college knowledge’ than students whose parents went to college.
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An expert on ‘college knowledge’ suggests strategies to boost your chances of getting into your dream school.
Currently, the total outstanding federal student loan debt is $1.7 trillion.
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As federal student loan debt continues to rise, a number of scholars discuss how debt affects the nation’s college students, graduates and the economy as a whole.
Proving that student loans are too hard to pay off is often a difficult burden to meet.
Congress first imposed a lifetime ban on discharging student loans through bankruptcy in 1998. Two scholars explain how that could change under a proposed law.
COVID-19 has caused colleges to spend more to cope with the pandemic.
An enrollment specialist explains why colleges can or can’t charge less for tuition amid the COVID-19 pandemic that has forced many to hold their classes online.
Students who rely heavily on financial aid tend to be concentrated in non-selective colleges, new research shows.
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New research shows that low-income students who qualify for the federal Pell Grant tend to go to non-selective colleges – and why that hurts their chances of graduation.
Borrowers looking to eliminate student loan debt through bankruptcy have to clear a series of high hurdles.
Two experts in higher education policy explain the high hurdles that must be cleared to use bankruptcy to escape crushing student loan debt.
African Americans take on greater debt than whites to earn an advanced degree. Does the payoff make it worth it?
African American students are taking on significantly more debt than white students to earn advanced degrees. Is it worth it?
Working in college helps pay the bills, but working too many hours can bring some ill effects, research shows.
Working in college may help students pay the bills, but putting in long hours can come at a cost, research shows. A scholar discusses what college students should consider before taking a job.
Some college rankings focus on how students fare after graduation.
A higher education scholar explains how he came to oversee a set of college rankings meant to take a different tact than the more popular rankings from US News & World Report.
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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.
Research shows prison education lessens the chances that inmates will return to prison after their release.
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.
New research uncovers problems with a ‘calculator’ that colleges must put online to make it easier for prospective students to understand the cost of college.
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While net price calculators are meant to help students figure out how much a particular college will cost, a new study reveals that many colleges’ calculators distort the true cost of attendance.
Researchers found that families who send their children off to college face an increased risk for foreclosure.
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The odds of foreclosure double for families who send their kids off to college, according to two researchers who say their findings show a need for new ways for Americans pay for higher education.
Has the cost of higher education in the U.S. put college out of financial reach?
As students head back to campus, the ever higher cost of a college education is once again top of mind. The presidents of Colorado College, Penn State and Xavier University weigh in on what’s to be done.
A new ‘debt-free’ college plan has little chance of success.
A closer look at House Democrats new ‘debt-free’ college plan reveals that the plan fails to live up to its name, two higher education finance scholars argue.
A new $5 million federal program will bring free digital textbooks to students.
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While a new $5 million program could help college students save money on textbooks each year, a more permanent solution is needed to the problem of pricey textbooks that students often don’t buy.
New special savings and investment accounts could help pave the way to college for America’s poor and middle class.
Children’s savings account programs are springing up around the country. A researcher says these special accounts could help pave the way to college for America’s poor.