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The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released the May 2013 baseline cost estimates for the Pell grant and student loan programs. One of the things that jumped out at me was that for 2013 and 2014, the government estimates that it will make more money on student loans than it spends on Pell grants.
Indeed, if the CBO is right, then student loans are now a profit center for the goContinue Reading »
According to the U.S. Department of Education, the Perkins Loan program “provides lowinterest [sic] loans to help needy students finance the costs of postsecondary education.” Pell grants target needy students as well, so the chart below shows the number of students receiving Perkins loans and the number of students receiving Pell grants at a sample of colleges.
The blue line shoContinue Reading »
Our new study, Degrees of Value, explores the returns to investing in college and finds that much more attention should be paid in the vast ranges of outcomes that students experience.
One of my strangest experiences as a researcher is the period of time between when work on a study is finished and when it is released. For me, this timing issue greatly complicates public outreach effortsContinue Reading »
The interest rate “crisis” is heating up again, so now is a good time to revisit the last time this played out (last summer). To refresh your memory, a 2007 law gradually reduced the interest rates on some student loans to 3.4 percent by 2011-12. But rates were scheduled to return to 6.8 percent last summer. The “crisis” began in late April 2012, as proposals to keep rates low began to emerge, Continue Reading »
The accreditation woes of City College of San Francisco are the closest thing higher education has to a soap opera. Like any soap opera, it can be hard to jump in midstream, so here is my recap of the story so far for those of you just joining us:In order for students to have access to federal financial aid, their college must be accredited. To get accredited, a college is evaluated by a Continue Reading »
We are pleased to release Degrees of Value today. This paper aims to provide information on one important aspect of college—the return on investment. While there is certainly more to a college education than the financial payoff, the fact remains that this is an increasingly dominant concern for students. More tahn 80 percent of students now cite “to be able to get a better job” as a very imporContinue Reading »
A few commenters asked for institutional aid/net tuition maps. Since net tuition (tuition minus grant aid) includes institutional aid/grants, I will focus on net tuition in this post. The one caveat is that per-student aid data is only available for “full-time, first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates,” meaning that this is really an estimate of net tuition for those students. It isContinue Reading »
Recent commenters have asked for maps showing graduation rates and enrollment. Ask and ye shall receive.
The first map below shows each state’s average four-year graduation rate (enrollment-weighted, meaning schools with only a few students don’t skew the average). Nevada, New Mexico, and Alaska (not shown) have enrollment-weighted, four-year graduation rates of less than 15 percent, whiContinue Reading »
One of the comments on last week’s post asked for a map of tuition. Below are maps of the enrollment-weighted, average tuition by state for (1) all colleges, (2) four-year colleges, and (3) two-year colleges.
There is a lot of interesting information buried in these maps, but three things jumped out at me.
First, tuition tends to be highest inContinue Reading »
My paper, Selling Students Short, released on March 20, 2013, examined teaching loads among tenured and tenure-track faculty. I relied on teaching load data from the U.S. Department of Education’s Data Analysis System (DAS). After publication of the paper, further investigation revealed that the teaching load data I used was incorrect.
Specifically, the 1987-88 DAS output for the “mean” Continue Reading »