Higher education affordability

A student walks past the Bender Library on the American University campus in Washington, D.C. American is one of 32 colleges and universities with an accelerated program that lets students earn bachelor’s degrees in thee years instead of four, which one management expert has criticized for helping only undergraduates who are already very well prepared.

Critics warn that well-meaning reforms may be lowering the quality of college

Signs emerge that some are cutting corners to produce more graduates more quickly

For students teetering on the edge financially, micro-grants help them finish college

UNC-Charlotte finds 95 percent of completion-grant recipients stay on track to graduation

student loans

What happens when a borrower defaults on student loans

Defaulting on federal student loans can be as bad as it sounds

A graduate student working in science lab.

Too little aid for low-income STEM majors?

With an extra financial-aid boost, low-income students more likely to study science, technology, engineering or math, study finds

At least four colleges and universities in the Midwest alone have added certificate or associate degree programs in beer fermentation, brewing, brew management and wine and viticulture technology, among the 41,446 degree or certificate programs colleges and universities have added since 2012.

Panicked universities in search of students are adding thousands of new majors

Despite tight budgets and high risks, colleges hope niche degrees will spur demand

Student borrowers

Would proposed borrower-defense rules help or harm indebted students?

New federal regulations have been proposed for student borrowers who want debt relief

Roosevelt Montás, who spoke no English when he arrived in New York City from the Dominican Republic at age 12, leads Columbia University’s Freedom and Citizenship summer program for New York high school students.

Reading, writing and arguing: Can a summer of big questions push students to college?

High school students get jump-start studying great books, philosophers

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With the new ‘Aim Higher Act,’ House Democrats want states to make community college free

Democrats’ proposed bill contrasts with Republicans’ ‘Prosper Act’ on several issues

Participants from the college’s Summer Bridge program traditionally leave their mark on campus in the school colors of black, purple and gold.

Can ‘work colleges’ in cities become a low-cost, high-value model for the future?

The nation’s first urban work college will open a second site in Texas and launch a work-college consortium

Are too few college students asking for federal aid?

FAFSA completion rate stagnated, despite the rising cost of college

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