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Lack of sufficient financial aid has forced Jocelyn Ramirez to work more than 40 hours a week and cut down on coursework so she can afford to stay in college.

Eligible for financial aid, nearly a million students never get it

States run out of money and aspiring low-income college students feel the pain

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

The unseen obstacles facing undocumented college students

What will happen to immigrant students post-DACA?

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

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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

Oil references are everywhere at Williston State College, at the heart of North Dakota’s Bakken oilfield.

For rural colleges, good vocational teachers are hard to find

A national shortage hits remote colleges often responsible for keeping their towns afloat

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