Jamaal Abdul-Alim

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New report proposes helping students qualify for benefits including food stamps

With tuition up, income flat, statistics show some students can’t afford to regularly eat

This Nov. 14, 2014, photo, shows Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., holding the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form, during an interview on Capitol Hill in Washington.

On the table yet again: proposals to simplify FAFSA

Advocates try to prod the process of making the college financial aid application easier to use

Critics blast federal agency for shoddy oversight of college loans

Government investigators, college financial aid officers and others testify that FSA needs to do a better job

Cohen College Prep’s graduating seniors listen to a classmate speak during last spring’s graduation ceremony — the first for the charter network. (Photo courtesy of New Orleans College Prep)

Getting kids into college is one thing. Getting them through is another

NEW ORLEANS —When Pamela Bolton searched for a middle school for her daughter seven years ago, convenience, not college, was on her mind. She ended up enrolling her daughter at…

Joseph Nelzy and his College Match advisor, Alysha Rashid, at Abraham Lincoln High School in Brooklyn.

New program steers bright poor kids to top universities and colleges

In spite of being among the top students in his school, Joseph Nelzy was quick to give up on being admitted to one of the nation’s best colleges after he…