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A proposal to increase the Pell Grant award amount could help restore the grant’s original purchasing power when it was created in 1972. AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews

Pell Grants are getting their due in the 2020 campaign

A proposal to double the value of Pell Grants for college students could finally start to restore their value to what they were when they were created back in 1972.
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.
Has the cost of higher education in the U.S. put college out of financial reach? DRogatnev/www.shutterstock.com

Making college more affordable

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.
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.
But can the promise be delivered? President Obama at Pellissippi State College in Knoxville, TN Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

Free access to community college benefits students but not the nation

Last week, President Barack Obama announced a proposal to guarantee that students could attend a community college for free for their first two years. The announcement was one in a series of previews of…

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