President Obama Withdraws Proposal to Tax 529 Plan Benefits

Criticism from both parties led the White House to announce a change in its tax proposals, abandoning the idea of taxing withdrawals from college savings accounts.


Community College Students Need More Support to Be Successful, Research Finds

New research highlights the need for improved financial and counseling support to get more community college students to complete their credential and transfer to four-year colleges.


Univ. of Maryland Surprises a Few New Admits with In-Person Acceptance News

The strategy to tell a handful of incoming freshman of their college admissions in person is unique, but one that experts say may catch on.


Proposals to Change Tax Code Could Impact Higher Education Savings

If President Obama's new tax proposal is adopted, families could no longer withdraw money for college expenses from 529 Plans for free.


Students Weigh In on Factors for New College Rating System

A new poll finds high school and college students believe job placement and ability to repay loans are the most important factors to include in the federal college-rating system.


Testing Volume Down With Rollout of New High School Equivalency Exams

With three new high school equivalency exams on the market - GED, HiSET, and TASC - fewer students took and passed the exams in 2014 than in previous years.


Free Community College Plan Tops Obama's Education Wish List

America's College Promise was the biggest education item outlined by the President in his State of the Union address, but its passage faces big hurdles in the Republican-controlled Congress.


Scholarship Program Urges 7th Graders to Take Massive Open Online Courses

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation and edX have partnered to encourage 7th graders to take a massive open online course to improve their chances of being awarded a precollege scholarship.


Study: Failing a Placement Exam Does Not Discourage College Enrollment

A new article in Education and Finance Policy shows that students who take a placement exam prior to enrolling in college and learn they must take a remedial class are just as likely to enroll as those who pass.


Rise in Short-Term Certificates Linked to Accountability Changes for Colleges

Researchers found that a 2007 performance accountability policy in Washington state did not lead to greater retention or associate's degrees at community college, but short-term certificates did increase.


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