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Now that the U.S. Department of Education has released new data on financial aid for the 2011-12 school year, we can update our calculations that show what students actually pay: “net tuition.” Net tuition is the published tuition minus all grant aid. (Student loans are not subtracted because they have to be paid back.) The graph below shows the average published tuition starting in 1980-1981 aContinue Reading »
The 2011–12 National Postsecondary Student Aid Study recently released by the Department of Education is full of interesting details about who receives aid and how much they get. One clear conclusion from the data is that the targeting of two important federal financial aid programs occasionally misses the mark.
Pell grants and subsidized student loans are designed for students from low-Continue Reading »
The U.S. Department of Education’s Degrees of Debt study, released last week, examines data on student borrowing and loan repayment for students one year after graduating in 1994, 2001, and 2009. For me, the most interesting findings included:
From 1992-93 to 2007-08…The proportion of bachelor’s degrees recipients with student loan debt increased from 49 percent to 66 percent (figuContinue Reading »
Stereotypes are dangerous—they hurt, they mislead and they ultimately diminish us all. When whole groups are stereotyped, prejudices that damage the social and educational fabric result. This problem is evident when women and minorities are stereotyped in the science, technology, engineering and math fields known as STEM. The challenge of enrolling and graduating more women and minorities in SContinue Reading »
In The Missing “One-Offs”: The Hidden Supply of High-Achieving, Low Income Students, Caroline M. Hoxby and Christopher Avery revealed that many high-ability, low-income students aren’t attending top colleges, undermining the notion that higher education is as meritocratic as some claim. U.S. News & World Report’s* recent college rankings provide further proof to substantiate this point.Continue Reading »
Over at Ed Money Watch, Clare McCann argues logically enough that a loophole in the 90/10 rule should be closed. In case you don’t keep up to date on all the latest in arcane higher ed rules, the 90/10 rule “requires for-profit colleges to get no more than 90%of their revenues from Title IV federal student aid.”
The basic idea was to ensure that students pay something—they’ll be more dilContinue Reading »
In 2005, Andy Rotherham and Tom Toch had a brilliant idea. Why not do something different? Why not bring together the best research with the best educational journalism to inform policy and spark meaningful debate and new ideas in education? With no vested interests. With no axes to grind. And with a fearless commitment to a simple idea: All students deserve a high- quality affordable educationContinue Reading »
The new data on federal financial aid recipients that we explored last week continues to yield new insight. Recall that the data is not perfect, as incomes are counted only for “full-time, first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates paying the in-state or in-district tuition rate who received Title IV federal student aid,” so many students are not included. Nevertheless, the data coverContinue Reading »
Tenure in higher education is a sacred cow. Jobs for life (with no mandatory retirement) we are told are the backbone of academic freedom, original research, and high level teaching.
Yet, we see that the ranks of the permanently employed are thinning: according to a new study by National Bureau of Economic Research, in 1975 57% of all higher education faculty were in the tenure system; bContinue Reading »
A persistent problem with trying to analyze higher education is a lack of information about student financial resources. Fortunately, IPEDS has recently started to release some to this information. It’s not perfect, as it only counts “full-time, first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates paying the in-state or in-district tuition rate who received Title IV federal student aid,” but itContinue Reading »