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

Cal students at UC Berkeley on Friday, April 10, 2015.

Stop condemning high schools for college graduation rates

It’s time colleges took some responsibility for students who leave early

Why academics write and speak in jargon — and what they can do about it

Listen to a Hechinger-led panel from SXSWedu and translate “academic” into English

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

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

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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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