Higher Education

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

Free college didn’t die with the Clinton campaign. It’s just getting started

Momentum builds for state and local tuition-free programs, but concerns build too

Placement rates, other data colleges provide consumers are often alternative facts

Advocates warn that calls for less regulation could result in even more misleading info

A mother and son go from homeless to college

New York’s free tuition plan won’t help the neediest students. Should it?

FROM THE ARCHIVES: Trump budget doesn’t cover Pell Grants to be used for college summer courses

Idea, which has bipartisan support, would help speed low-income students to degrees

Study: Half or more of community college students struggle to afford food, housing

Biggest-ever survey on the topic also suggests that 14 percent of students are homeless

How scholarship websites sell students’ information to colleges and publishers

The tradeoff, companies say? Those students could win money to pay for college

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Good news for college applicants: Getting in is easier than they think

… or than many colleges and universities want them to know

When using data to predict outcomes, consider the ethical dilemmas, new report urges

Researchers say colleges need to take care in how they use predictive analytics

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