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Families and students need a clear understanding of what makes a college affordable for their enrollment decisions. Peter Dazeley/Photodisc via Getty Images

Does publishing tuition prices influence college choice?

A researcher examines how consumers use a federal list of the most and least affordable colleges in the US.
Apostle Paul and his followers collected aid, likely for early Christians. Giovanni Paolo Panini /Hermitage Museum via Wikimedia Commons

What early Christian communities tell us about giving financial aid at a time of crises

In the late second century, some Christian groups in Rome began directing financial aid toward people living in another city, who were going through a crisis. That act of giving has lessons for today.
A large group of American male Reserve Officers Training Corps students gather to protest the U.S. draft in the late 1930s. Anthony Potter Collection/Getty Images

Worrying about being drafted doesn’t mean you’re disloyal – it’s an old American tradition

An Iranian general's killing sparked fears of war and a draft in the US. Those are old fears, says a scholar who contends it's a myth that during the two world wars, men signed up in droves to fight.
Students have been protesting conditions at Howard University for several days. en.wikipedia.org

Howard University student protest: 3 questions answered

As the student protest over conditions at Howard University continues, a scholar weighs in on what the fallout means for historically black colleges and universities.
Many students reported regularly going without necessities including food, medications, fuel and prescribed textbooks. Shutterstock

Balancing work and tertiary study is harder now than in 2012: study

The percent of students going without food or other necessities has risen since 2012, with students indicating work-study balance was impacting their daily lives, study success and mental health.
Does Trump University follow the for-profit model? Reuters/Rick Wilking

The truth about for-profit colleges and Trump University

For-profit colleges and universities have been in a lot of trouble. But the case of Trump University is different. To start with, it cannot even be called a for-profit university.
What do the most disadvantaged students need for college success? Commencement image via www.shutterstock.com

Is a tuition-free policy enough to ensure college success?

Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton have called for making colleges and universities debt-free or tuition-free. Disadvantaged students need more than free college to achieve success.
The statue of John Harvard, the first benefactor of Harvard University. Wally Gobetz

How should we measure the size of a university’s endowment?

A bill before Congress is proposing colleges and universities with endowments of at least $1 billion spend 25 percent of the money on financial aid. What is the proposal missing?
It’s difficult for students who are struggling financially to focus on their academic work. Shutterstock

Financial stress distracts university students from academic success

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.

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