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Laura M. Colarusso

Laura Colarusso is a freelance journalist based in Boston. She has written for Newsweek, The Washington Monthly, The Daily Beast and The Boston Globe on a variety of issues including education and politics. She graduated from Columbia Journalism School in 2009 with a masters in political journalism.

Recent Stories

Christine Janumala, a student at Columbia University, says she scrounges free food to avoid going hungry.

The problem some college students face alongside finals: getting enough to eat

New studies find that growing proportions of American students may be going hungry

Counselors and advisors from the organization Let's Get Ready train to help low-income and first-generation students graduate from college.

Nonprofits step in to help students that colleges allow to ‘slip through the cracks’

They say first-generation and low-income students need help colleges do not provide

Colleges ratchet up recruiting of applicants — just to turn them down

When Tel Kelley began his college search, he knew he wanted to go to a big school with a top-notch sports medicine program and big-time intercollegiate teams. But as his…

File photo. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

Programs seek to lower cost of college textbooks

If you were to ask Sandra Kerley how important it is that she’s able to get textbooks for free, she would tell you that this seemingly minor benefit is “life…

Students in the Fullbridge Program, which charges them for business knowledge critics of colleges say they ought to get there. (Photo: The Fullbridge Program)

Students paying extra for business skills they say they haven’t learned on campus

Ben Wei was already paying hefty tuition to earn a sociology degree from Bowdoin College, which charged nearly $57,000 at the time, but worried his classes weren’t teaching him skills…

Years after promises to fix it, key financial-aid form still thwarts students

Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren went to Charlestown High School in Boston with one message for students gathered in the gymnasium to hear her speak. It was about getting ahead —…