In the U.S., almost 2 million people are in prison.
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Only 218 programs offer credit-bearing college programs in prison. That’s about to change.
Only 15% of adults in prison have earned a postsecondary degree or certificate – either before or while being incarcerated.
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With the expansion of Second Chance Pell grants, more colleges and universities will soon offer degree programs to students in prison.
Several groups have opposed President Joe BIden’s plan to forgive $10,000 to $20,000 of student debt.
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A scholar who studies the morality of debt argues why canceling some student debt is fair.
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.
The new application for student financial aid will feature fewer questions.
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Congress passed a new law in late 2020 that will change how students apply for money for college. An expert explains what the changes mean for students and families.
Prison education programs have been shown to improve job prospects.
For the first time since 1994, incarcerated individuals can get federal aid to pay for college. A prison education scholar explains how higher education helps those who have run afoul of the law.
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.
A proposal to increase the Pell Grant award amount could help restore the grant’s original purchasing power when it was created in 1972.
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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.
Many states prohibit people from receiving state financial aid for college in prison.
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The federal government isn’t the only one that has banned student financial aid to prisoners. Many states have enacted their own bans as well, new research shows.
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.
Prison education programs have been shown to lead to better employment rates for those who have served time.
Through stories of redemption, a professor who oversees a Maryland prison education program says the time has come to restore federal financial aid for America’s incarcerated.
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.
How can college become affordable?
What do low-income students really need to complete college? Here is a roundup of articles from our experts.
Who is being left out?
Pell Grants, the federal aid program for low-income students, are down to covering only 30 percent of tuition, from 80 percent in the 1970s.
What do the most disadvantaged students need for college success?
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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.
What will Trump’s higher ed plan mean for students?
What will a Trump presidency mean for America’s 6,000 colleges and universities, as well as its over 20 million postsecondary students?
Should college be free for all?
Presidential candidates such as Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders have proposed a debt-free or a free college education. Is this feasible? Should wealthier students get such subsidies?
How can you make smart choices?
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Hillary Clinton recently announced a US$350 billion plan to make college free. But what students need for now is information that can help them make sound decisions about their college investment.
When men and women go to college in prison, they often do not return to the world of crime.
President Obama wants to reopen access to Pell grants to prisoners. Studies show when men and women enroll in college programs, they are less likely to return to prison.
But can the promise be delivered? President Obama at Pellissippi State College in Knoxville, TN
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…