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Even as policymakers push to increase the proportion of Americans with degrees, university and college students and their families contend with ever-rising costs and debt, low success rates, and growing concern about equal access to a higher education. We cover the causes of these problems, and the innovations being tried to solve them. See all our Special Reports

Josh Caouette, a graduate student at Simmons College, crams for a test. Caouette is resigned to the cost of his degree. “If it’s helping others, that’s fine by me. I mean, I have to do it either way.”

In-demand graduate programs become a cash cow for colleges in financial distress

Some graduate students decry the strategy, but they’re “where the money is”

OPINION: When it comes to the job market, these higher ed practices give business students an edge (hint: they include the liberal arts)

Bentley University’s president discusses the new realities for campuses and the professional world

Juan Belman, age 24, 2017 graduate of University of Texas at Austin.

STUDENT VOICES: DACA students worry about ‘really tough times’ ahead

‘We don’t know where our futures are going,’ as Washington debates whether to continue program for undocumented immigrant children

OPINION: Misguided payment policies that fuel the college-dropout trap

Business as usual vs. serving the greater good

Counting DACA students

It is estimated that half of the people eligible for DACA are enrolled in high school or college

OPINION: It’s time to admit that Georgia is in the crux of a college financial aid crisis

“I dread answering my phone at the beginning of each semester …”

How slavery helped build many U.S. colleges and universities

Dozens of American colleges and universities are investigating their historic ties to the slave trade and debating how to atone. (function() { if (!window.mc4wp) { window.mc4wp = { listeners: [],…

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Century-old ‘work college’ model regains popularity as student debt continues to increase

Students get paid or get credit toward tuition, learn job skills employers say many grads lack

Nonwhite students slow to seek mental health counseling for which they’re more in need

Resistance to getting help is contributing to low college graduation rates for some, say experts

After decades of pushing bachelor’s degrees, U.S. needs more tradespeople

California budgets millions to rebrand long-disparaged vocational education

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