Higher education affordability

Student Amalia Lewis-Miller at the Cuyahoga Community College Eastern campus, where a special program helped her finish on time. The program is being eliminated.

Worried about enrollment and judged on success, some colleges boost support

But the high price of helping a new generation of students creates a “dynamic tension”

The United States Capitol. A House bill to revamp the Higher Education Act has moved out of committee for debate, while the Senate is still discussing reform ideas in committee.

If this bill passes, college affordability would go from bad to worse, experts say

House Republicans’ proposal would cut back loans, tighten repayment options and let for-profit colleges become 100 percent federally funded

Protesters at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in March 2014.

Overwhelmed by student debt, many low-income students drop out

Almost a third of Americans who take out loans to pay for college don’t get a degree.

David Andy, who is enrolled in a program in advanced manufacturing at Metro State University in Denver designed in collaboration with employers.

Worker shortage spurs uncharacteristic partnerships connecting colleges, business

One state tries to close the odd divide between what students learn and employers need

A girl at recess runs at the Heart Butte School on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation in northern Montana. Overshadowed by attention to the challenges faced by nonwhite high school graduates in cities, low-income black, Hispanic and native American students in rural areas are equally unlikely to go on to college.

Economics, culture and distance conspire to keep rural nonwhites from higher educations

Eclipsed by urban counterparts, rural nonwhites go to college at equally low rates

Olympic hopeful figure skater Max Aaron on the practice rink in Colorado Springs. Aaron, who is 25, earned a degree in finance in December. He worked as a barback and a waiter on the weekends to help pay the tuition and took his classes early in the morning and late at night to accommodate his training schedule.

Even with help, Olympic athletes struggle to balance their sports with college

Their stories illustrate how, for older students, getting a degree is like skating uphill


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

OPINION: Here’s a reason to help more students earn college degrees — adaptability

Preparing youth from all backgrounds for a global economy

Microsoft employees in Redmond, Washington. With a huge shortage of college graduates in data and computer science, tech companies are taking matters into their own hands and providing education directly to prospective tech workers.

Impatient with universities’ slow pace of change, employers go around them

Tech companies are sidestepping the middleman and creating their own courses

Latino students at Loyola Marymount University in California have an enviable 80 percent graduation rate, compared with 77 percent for white students.

New research shows Latinos closing the racial gap on college degrees, but still lagging far behind whites

Big differences in graduation rates persist, depending on the institution