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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

A protest in support of DACA in downtown Kansas City, MO.

‘We’ve failed them’: How South Carolina education policy hurts ‘Dreamers’ — and costs taxpayers

The state is one of two states that ban the admission of undocumented students.

Sweet Briar College in Virginia. The liberal arts college was saved from closing only by the intervention of alumni and others.

With enrollment sliding, liberal arts colleges struggle to make a case for themselves

To thwart the skepticism of prospective students, some map job options, offer guarantees

Wes McEntee works on one of several manufacturing machines students use at Vermont Technical College.

OPINION: 3 reasons that career and technical education doesn’t preclude college

Confronting some misconceptions about future learners

Elycea Almodovar, a junior at Salem State University, right, walks on campus with her roommate, Sabrina Ornae, a junior. Almodovar was drawn to the school because of its diversity.

More Hispanics are going to college. The bad news? They’re still behind

But the proportion of Hispanics earning degrees lags the proportion of whites

University of Washington freshman Jenica Tran says it’s mostly up to students to make sure they graduate on time. “You can get the help if you go out to seek it, but you have to do it on your own,” she says.

Embattled colleges focus on an obvious fix: helping students graduate on time

While most students expect to earn degrees in four years, fewer than half actually do

Why falling demand for college hasn’t brought down sticker prices

A Planet Money podcast about the market-defying logic behind college costs

OPINION: Fewer students have to take college remedial math, data show

‘Under-placements’ disproportionately affect black and brown students

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OPINION: Latinos find the deck stacked against them in this state

Feeling the brunt of low wages and limited college access

“I never want to be in a neighborhood where I’m shot at again.”

A first-generation college graduate reflects on moving up America’s class ladder

Rutgers Newark sophomore Stacy Tyndall, 19, laughs at an

How one university is luring coveted honors students with social justice

To revitalize its home city, Rutgers University-Newark has started an honors program that looks beyond test scores to students' commitment to social change

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