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Washington University’s plan to enroll more low-income students moves forward

Pell Grant recipients make up 11 percent of freshman class, up from 7 percent two years ago

Meet the financial-aid program that requires colleges to supplement, not supplant, federal aid

Oldest federal grant program helping low-income students afford college may be on chopping block

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.

Obama administration takes big step in simplifying financial-aid application process

Senator hopes to make financial aid form fit on a postcard

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.

Why Sen. Lamar Alexander is wrong about college affordability

On the laughable notion that for-profit colleges are affordable option for low-income students

The real reason that colleges go ‘test-optional’

When George Washington University announced last month that it was adopting a “test-optional” admissions policy, it repeated a standard line made by colleges that allow prospective students to opt…

Syracuse University Chancellor Nancy Cantor talks to reporters in 2011.

Against the tide: Chancellor Cantor stands out among higher-ed leaders for commitment to socioeconomic diversity

Syracuse University Chancellor Nancy Cantor talks to reporters in 2011. AP Photo/Mike Groll At a time when many colleges and universities are chasing ever-greater prestige,…

Light from the setting sun reflects off a building in downtown Newark, N.J.

The weakest link in Newark’s efforts to raise college completion rates

Light from the setting sun reflects off a building in downtown Newark, N.J. AP Photo/Julio Cortez In Newark, N.J., a collection of city officials, college leaders,…

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One struggling city’s bold effort to increase its number of college graduates

Newark is hoping to produce 22,000 more college graduates among its residents by the year 2025 – here’s how

The perils of enrolling in for-profit colleges

Students wait outside Everest College, Tuesday, April, 28, 2015 in Industry, Calif., hoping to get their transcriptions and information on loan forgiveness and transferring credits to other schools.…

Changing the incentives for colleges to enroll and graduate low-income students

That colleges have little incentive to enroll low-income students is increasingly reflected in their student aid policies. Under the sway of enrollment managers—private consultants who advise institutions on admissions…

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