Higher Education

Even as policymakers push to increase the proportion of Americans with degrees, university and college students and their families contend with ever-rising costs and debt, low success rates, and growing concern about equal access to a higher education. We cover the causes of these problems, and the innovations being tried to solve them.

small private colleges

As small private colleges keep closing, some are fighting back

The first step to a survival strategy: acknowledging that there’s a problem

federal student loan limits

Some experts have a new idea to help students afford college: more federal loans

Raising the limits could avoid indebting parents and forcing students to work while in school

With white students becoming a minority, public universities push harder to diversify

In Louisiana, a flagship university president argues the lack of black students on campus isn’t just a moral problem; it’s bad for the financial future of the university

After all the fuss about getting in, how do poor students survive on elite campuses?

A new book details obstacles, from encountering closed cafeterias to cleaning clogged toilets

Getting rid of the ‘gotcha’: College students try to tame political dialogue

Rebelling against political discourse that polarizes people, new campus groups seek common ground and informed discussion of hot-button topics

federal work study program

Do federal work-study jobs prepare students for careers – and should they?

The Trump Administration proposes cutting work-study funding almost by half

Even at elite colleges lauded for their generosity, some students take on debt

And those from low-income backgrounds are more likely to have trouble paying it back

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OPINION: ‘Free college’ fails to address racial and class gaps

Policy partnerships to make higher ed affordable for those with the most need

Colleges start looking for ways to house and feed their students who are homeless

Often demanded by fellow students, small fixes chip away at a surprisingly big problem

Operation Varsity Blues proves we need affirmative action

Affirmative action isn’t the problem, it’s wealthy parents who are robbing underrepresented groups of opportunities to climb the social ladder.

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