Higher education affordability

HBCU international students

HBCUs open their doors wider to international students

The colleges are bringing in foreign students to give their campuses more international flavor, and help with the bottom line

To help first-generation students succeed, colleges enlist their parents

1 in 3 first-generation students quits college within three years. Can colleges boost grad rates by building relationships with students’ parents?

A few universities help black and Hispanic students reach and finish graduate school

The ranks of such students, who are stymied by cost and inexperience, remain low

High school graduation rates

High school graduation rates for one important group are starting to get better

How an ambitious plan to help Hispanics get ready for college is making early inroads

Already stretched grad students rebel against rising and often surreptitious fees

Universities seeking revenue levy “academic excellence” and other non-tuition charges

student loans

The new low-income big borrower of student loans

New breed of borrowers avoids default but gets into student debt trouble

College students are increasingly forgoing summers off to save money, stay on track

But with many four-year campuses shut down, students are turning to local community colleges

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certificate programs

‘They just saw me as a dollar sign’: How some certificate schools profit from vulnerable students

When government turns a blind eye, for-profit colleges fail to fulfill promise of a fast path to a new career and leave students in debt

Erin Nelson, a recruiter from Iowa State University, talks with Emily Behrendsen, 17, and her mother, Diana, at a college fair in Pasadena, California. Emily’s older brother is going to Alaska for college, Diana Behrendsen says. “I just feel like they need to go where they can thrive and be happy.”

As college enrollment falls, recruiters descend on a state that still has lots of applicants

Institutions that are running out of students look to a place that has more than it can handle

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