Higher education affordability

Student loan default rates inch down as for-profit sector contracts

Rise in income-based repayment plans masks distress that default rates used to reveal

New routes to success in learning are popping up around the country

A sampling of Hechinger reporting for The New York Times’s Learning section

Some colleges seek radical solutions to survive

Many schools are trying strategies from the business world to stay afloat

certificate programs

Will colleges with sky-high default rates face consequences?

New federal data reveals schools where more than half of students default on their loans. Will the government take action?

private school tuition

A private school resets its tuition

Other schools should follow suit

The students disappearing fastest from American campuses? Middle-class ones

Anxious about diversity and their bottom lines, more schools offer money to the middle

Hispanic-serving institutions set to lose $100 million

Congressional leaders disagree about how to continue funding for colleges that serve minority students

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Spotlight swings to for-profit middlemen that may be driving up the cost of online higher education

In hiring companies known as online program managers, universities give up what is often a large share of revenues

part-time students

Colleges and states turn their attention to slow-moving part-time students

Fewer than one in five students who go part time will graduate within even eight years

Colleges provide misleading information about their costs

In lieu of regulating universities, Trump administration encourages them to furnish students with information on expenses and results — but some of the data is inaccurate

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