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November 16, 2011

Half of Undergrads Benefit From Tax Credits and Deductions

It's not as direct as getting a grant check, but it's just as real when it comes to cost savings for college: education tax benefits. Nearly half of American undergraduates cut their college expenses by an average of $700 by taking advantage of tax credit or deduction, according to a new report re...

November 09, 2011

Young Adults Realize Importance of College, But Balk at Costs

A survey out today of young people ages 18 to 34 shows they embrace the value of a college education, but are frustrated with the rising cost of tuition and increased debt they take on to afford it. The nationwide, bipartisan survey was commissioned by the The Institute for College Access and Succe...

November 03, 2011

Debt for College Grads Averages $25K; Unemployment Climbs

The latest numbers are out today from the Project on Student Debt at the Institute for College Access & Success, and they're not encouraging. Along with their degrees, two-thirds of seniors left college owing an average of $25,250 in student loans—5 percent more than a year ago. Unemployment f...

October 26, 2011

College Costs Climb; More Take Advantage of Tax Credit

The College Board came out with its annual trend reports that once again show the cost of college rising, but financial aid and grants cushioning the impact of the increases. Published in-state tuition and fees at public four-year institutions were up 8.3 percent in 2011-12 over last year, to $17,1...

October 25, 2011

Higher Ed Groups Gather Signatures to Protect Pell Grants

In hopes of saving Pell Grants from getting slashed by the congressional "Super Committee" charged with deficit reduction, a new lobbying effort is under way by the Student Aid Alliance, a group of 74 higher education associations, advocacy groups, and other organizations. The alliance issued a sta...

October 20, 2011

Community College Dropouts Come at High Cost, New Report Says

There is a high cost to federal, state, and local governments when full-time community college students don't return for a second year. A new report by the American Institutes of Research estimates the cost of freshman dropouts over five years is $4 billion. The Hidden Cost of Community Colleges by...

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 19, 2011

Focus on Historically Black Colleges in Degree Completion

To meet President Obama's goal to have the country lead the world in having the most college graduates by 2020, administration officials say every type of higher education institution — including Historically Black Colleges and Universities — need to ramp up completion efforts. To help ach...

August 24, 2011

Families Cope With Rising College Costs in Strategic Ways

To deal with college expenses in this uncertain economic climate, a new survey reveals families are turning to lower-cost schools and seeking more financial aid. Students are also increasingly living at home and going to college part time. As a result, the average family reported spending 9 percent ...

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...

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