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January 03, 2012

Most—But Not All—Colleges Roll Out Net-Price Calculators

Despite a new federal requirement that colleges have a "net price calculator" on their websites, 272 institutions have yet to comply, and some calculators are hard to find. The assessment is provided by NetPriceCalculator.info, a new McLean, Va.-based company that tracks compliance with the manda...

October 26, 2011

Obama Hopes Initiative Will Better Inform Students Borrowers

President Obama's latest push to help student-loan borrowers includes an initiative to better inform them before they take on debt. Speaking at the University of Colorado in Denver Wednesday, Obama outlined his executive order to accelerate the income-based loan-repayment plan Congress approved las...

September 29, 2011

College-Administration Survey Shows Frustration With Regs

Enough already. That's what college officials have to say about federal regulations that require a range of activities, from entrance counseling for financial-aid borrowers to reporting data on campus crime and graduation rates. Nearly 86 percent of senior executives and office administrators say t...

September 21, 2011

States Pass New Laws to Encourage College Completion

Nearly 80 new laws related to college completion have passed state legislatures so far this year, according to a new iniative tracking the issue.

September 20, 2011

Price Calculators Help Students Sort Through College Costs

Colleges are busy complying with a new federal requirement for a "net-price calculator" so students can get a better sense of the true cost of attending a particular institution.

September 12, 2011

Students Struggle to Pay Back Loans; Default Rates Rise

News out from the U.S. Department of Education today on student-loan repayment reflects the hard times that young people are having with unemployment and the increasing trouble that those who attend for-profit colleges are having in paying back their debt. The official fiscal 2009 national student-...

September 08, 2011

Achieve Launches New College- and Career-Ready Initiative

Supporting the growing movement to promote college- and career-readiness, the nonprofit organization Achieve announced yesterday a new initiative to provide online resources and partnerships with states to advocate high academic expectations and preparation for all students. The Future Ready Projec...

September 02, 2011

Education Department Hosts Website on 'Program Integrity' Rules

For those trying to sort out the details of the new federal regulations, referred to as "program integrity" rules, the U.S. Department of Education launched a Q&A website this week. Here, you can find out how the much-debated gainful-employment rules will work. The gainful-employment rules released...

July 28, 2011

Duncan Pushes for Maximum Pell; Obama Listens to Students

As federal funding for financial aid remains uncertain, more activity took place on the advocacy front following Save Pell Day day on Monday. On Wednesday, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan testified before the Senate Appropriations Committee on the Department of Education budget for FY 2012...

July 25, 2011

Efforts to Save Pell Grants From Cuts Ramp Up

Amid talks over a deal to boost the federal debt ceiling, funding of Pell Grants remains uncertain, and efforts to fend off cuts are intensifying. Advocates have dubbed July 25 "Save Pell Day."

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