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April 06, 2011

Advocates of Pell React to Uncertainty and Talk of More Cuts

There is a lot of angst among potential Pell Grant recipients and colleges as the fate of the federal student aid program hangs in the air..

April 05, 2011

Debate Heats Up Over Pell Grant Funding

For years, the Pell Grant program has received broad bipartisan support. But now, tremendous growth in the federal student-aid program at a time when politicians are looking for ways to trim the budget is leading to ramped up rhetoric. Among the most volatile criticism is coming from Rep. Denny Reh...

March 22, 2011

What States Can Do to Raise High School Grad Rates

If the United States is ever going to get to the goal of a 90 percent high school graduation rate by 2020, it is going to take some advocacy and innovation by state legislatures. That was the consensus among a panel of experts in education and policy in a discussion today about state-level strategi...

March 16, 2011

Kanter Maintains Support for Pell Grants in House Hearing

Undersecretary of Education Margaret Kanter defended the 2012 education budget request to continue the maximum Pell Grant award of $5,500 in testimony yesterday before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Service and Education. The Pell Grant program, established in 1972...

December 22, 2010

Pell Grant Shortfall Addressed, at Least for the Short Run

Good news in the short run for Pell Grant recipients. Congress passed a continuing resolution Tuesday that contains $5.7 billion to retire the current Pell Grant shortfall and keeps the maximum award at the current level. The action is just a temporary solution for the program that helps lower-incom...

December 17, 2010

Tax Compromise Bill Contains Help for College Students

The compromise tax bill finally hammered out in Washington this week and approved by the U.S. House of Representatives just after midnight Thursday has some holiday goodies in it for college students and families. The Senate approved the measure earlier, and it now awaits President Obama's signature...

December 09, 2010

Saga of For-Profits Continues With Report Revisions

The saga continues over the stinging investigation of for-profit colleges, with revisions issued this week and, now, calls for full release of the videotapes. The report from the Government Accounting Office in July was a scathing portrayal of 15 for-profit colleges making deceptive or otherwise q...

September 27, 2010

Ed. Dept. Delays Some 'Gainful Employment' Rules

The U.S. Department of Education plans to delay some of its proposed regulations intended to hold for-profit colleges accountable for preparing students for gainful employment.

September 16, 2010

Analysis of For-Profit College Rule Suggests Small Impact

While for-profit colleges are concerned about the impact of proposed federal gainful employment regulations, a report released today by an independent non-profit suggests that few programs would actually be cut off from federal financial aid. Just 4 percent of programs would be deemed ineligible fo...

September 02, 2010

Community Colleges Worry About Being Swept Into Proposed Gainful-Employment Regulations

The proposed gainful-employments rules aimed at reigning in for-profit colleges may also affect other sectors of higher education, namely community colleges. "Unfortunately, there is a high probability that community colleges will be swept along with the for-profits into a category that will subjec...

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