Higher education affordability

Dominic, 3 and Zaire, 2, play while their moms take part in a conversation about bullying at a Family Scholar House Café Night.

These formerly homeless single moms beat the odds and are now college grads

They're hoping to give their children a better chance, too

One of the advertisements produced by the “You Can. Go Back” campaign in Indiana, among the several states trying to get college dropouts to finish their college educations.

States use direct mail, money, to get more of their residents back to college

Determined to channel older students toward degrees, policymakers struggle to reach them

Sarat Atobajeun started as an apprentice with Zurich Insurance last August. She said she appreciates the stability of the job and the diversity of the tasks she’s learning.

Are apprenticeships the new on-ramp to good jobs?

The earn-and-learn model could spread, but the Trump administration has done too little to facilitate its growth

Laquon Jackson receives help from his Introduction to the Health Care Professions instructor, Elizabeth Dalianis.

An Rx for poverty? A career in nursing

Most of the growing health-care occupations are low-wage, but nursing offers a robot-proof path to the middle class

Delta State University in Cleveland, Mississippi. The state’s public universities now rely more on tuition than appropriations for funding.

Report: Universities relying more on tuition than state and local money

More than half of all states now rely more on tuition for revenue

Even if they want to go to college, millions of adults live in higher education “deserts”

At least 25 miles from the nearest campus, they also don’t have internet speeds to study online

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The University of La Verne near Los Angeles. The university makes it easier than most private colleges for students to transfer from other institutions.

Transfer students start getting more of the credits they’ve already earned

Pushed by enrollment slump and political pressure, colleges lower barriers to transfer

A prisoner's hands inside a punishment cell wing at Angola prison in Louisiana.

A case for educational reparations for the incarcerated

The upper middle class had its turn; now they must pay the privilege forward

Allison Dinsmore and her boyfriend, Grant Montgomery, students at California’s Newark Memorial High School. Montgomery says college recruiters seldom come to their school.

Silicon Valley aims its tech at helping low-income kids get beyond high school

New platform gives some students a message they rarely hear: They can go to college

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