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Mikhail Zinshteyn

Mikhail Zinshteyn contributes regularly to The Atlantic. His writing about education has also appeared in FiveThirtyEight, The National Journal, CityLab and other outlets. Born in the Soviet Union, Zinshteyn grew up in Los Angeles, completed his bachelor's degree at Union College, and earned his master's at the London School of Economics. He also serves as program manager at the Education Writers Association.

Recent Stories

Professor hopes his quickie calculator will show low-income students they can afford a selective college

Make it easier to estimate real costs, and more students may take a chance on elite colleges

Tuition cooperatives: a new idea to tempt colleges to give discounts

Students could band together, pool resources and commit to a school as a group

How do they do it? A few wealthy private colleges have found ways to serve many needy students without jeopardizing their financial health

Four elite private colleges are leading the way in graduating more low-income students.

Who benefits from New York’s free college plan?

This story was originally published by the Education Writers Association and reprinted with permission. Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s plan to make tuition free year at New York’s public colleges and universities for…

New Poll: College grads unhappy with the career services they’re getting

More than half say their career offices were unhelpful or only somewhat helpful

Colleges face a new reality, as the number of high school graduates will decline

An increase in low-income and minority-group students will challenge colleges to serve them better

Public universities have “really lost our focus”

Q&A with Christopher Newfield

College completion failures must be tackled in tandem with costs, report says

The Education Trust scolds federal, state governments for separating two related issues

The mindboggling barriers that colleges create — and that end up hurting their own students

Despite push for more graduates, problems such as library fines block completion

The “$500 million club” of colleges tends to be stingy with aid to low-income students

Endowment funds could be invested in students, Education Trust argues

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