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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 »
Learning from our peers. A journalist followed three students abroad to Finland, South Korea, and Poland for a year to understand how high schools are different in other countries. What she discovered? Kids abroad don’t talk about evaluations and tenure, they talk about other kids. (YEP)
“What It Takes.” The 2013 Education Nation Summit started yesterday and continues through tomorrow. TContinue 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 »
“If you want to play theme music at your convocation speech like a badass, we’re at Georgia Tech! We can do that!” A Georgia Tech student riles his classmates for the school year. And, yes, theme music is included. (YouTube)
Helping the rich. A new trend shows that the percent of campus-based aid in private schools has risen … for the rich. From 2000-08, there were some increases in low-Continue Reading »
The need for assistance. Findings from the National Postsecondary Student Aid Study show that more students are borrowing money to pay for college. In 2011-2012 71 percent of students received some sort of financial aid—a five percent increase over four years. (Education Week)
Experience may not mean success. A program in Illinois that encourages teachers to retire at 55 years old not onContinue Reading »
If you have ever read an article or a column on financial aid for college students, you have undoubtedly come across the name Mark Kantrowitz. He’s a guru of financial aid and an often quoted media expert, who recently moved from the websites FinAid and Fastweb to take a new job with Edvisors Network.
A colleague of mine at The Chronicle of Higher Education, Beckie Supiano, recently wrotContinue Reading »
Higher education policy wonks in Washington are preoccupied with revising federal student financial aid policy in the next higher education reauthorization. And why shouldn’t they be? Financial aid is overly complicated for students and families and it is burdensome for institutions.
Largely in response to the Gates-commissioned initiative to jump-start a needed conversation, many proposContinue Reading »
Doodle 4 Google. Check out the 2013 winning student doodle on Google’s homepage. Winner Sabrina Brady of Sparta (Wisconsin) High School will receive a $30,000 college scholarship. (Google)
Financial aid fraud. A woman in Dallas has been charged with financial aid fraud after enrolling in 13 colleges and universities and receiving (and keeping) financial aid even after she withdrew from tContinue Reading »
An unusual organization of policy leaders has joined the chorus for higher education reform. Chief state budget officers rarely speak collectively or publicly about higher education—instead focusing on state revenue issues, adjusting budgets in light of revenue surpluses (a rare event of late) or shortfalls, and enacting a budget.
But in a recent report, these state officials spoke out oContinue 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 »