Higher education affordability

Not many of South Carolina’s African-American high school grads attend its flagship campus

A video report with University of South Carolina students and the college president

Myiesha Robateau wasn’t offered enough financial aid to go to a private college and instead began this fall at the public University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

New data show some colleges are definitively unaffordable for many

Even as net prices begin to fall at some schools, many families are priced out

Preschool teacher Kayla Pinto works with a 4-year-old student at the Somerville YMCA in Somerville, Massachusetts. Pinto is working toward a bachelor’s degree, with the support of state programs that aim to increase college access for early childhood educators.

To boost preschool quality, Massachusetts invests in college degrees for teachers

State programs help early childhood educators earn bachelor’s degrees

New T-shirts in the campus bookstore symbolize the University of Central Florida's identity as one of the state's Hispanic-Serving Institutions.

As more Latinos go to college, schools vie to become Hispanic-Serving Institutions

But Hispanic advocates say the federal label doesn’t always mean colleges prioritize Latinos

If Montana’s higher education property tax levy fails, “A lot of students aren’t going to be able to keep going to college,” says Kelly Armington, a University of Montana freshman majoring in communication studies.

Montana vote becomes a national referendum on public confidence in higher ed

A one-of-a-kind ballot question could be a bellwether of sentiment toward academia

Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. Dickinson is among a growing number of colleges and universities that involve their faculty in watching for problems that could derail students — something not traditionally considered their role.

At a growing number of colleges, faculty get a new role: spotting troubled students

On most campuses, however, ensuring students succeed is still not considered part of the job

Change is on the way for the College Scorecard

In its current state, the College Scorecard is not very useful for low-income students

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Poverty, Perseverance and a PhD

An elite university helped her climb but changing class can be a lonely journey.

Black students default on college loans at a higher rate than others, study finds

Consequences can be severe for those who default

Keith Murphy, recovery counselor, and Lisa Laitman, director of the Alcohol and Other Drug Assistance Program, speaking with a resident of the Rutgers University Recovery House.

A new challenge for colleges: opioid-addicted students

Driven by deaths or state pressure, institutions are opening “recovery houses”

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