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Important Insights on College Choice and the Burden of Student-Loan Debt

Student borrowers are working hard to better their economic circumstances through higher education, but the choices they make about where to attend college and how much to borrow can have lasting effects, says this brief from the Center for American Progress. The study offers perspectives of borrowers, as well as several policy recommendations that it says can help minimize student-loan borrowing and make repayment more affordable. More »

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Is a Student Loan Crisis on the Horizon?

College tuition and student debt levels have been increasing for some time now, raising questions about whether the market for student debt is headed for a crisis. The authors of this report from the Brown Center on Education Policy at Brookings analyze more than two decades of data on the financial well-being of American households and conclude that, in reality, the impact of student loans may not be as dire as initially feared. More »

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Tough Love: Bottom-Line Quality Standards for Colleges

This report from the Education Trust lays out a comprehensive plan for the federal government to leverage existing resources—in the form of student aid and tax benefits—to better protect students and taxpayer dollars from going to chronically underperforming schools. The plan also encourages elite colleges to open their gates to many more talented working class and low-income students. More »

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Do the Benefits of College Still Outweigh the Costs?

A study from the New York Federal Reserve finds that even after factoring in rising tuition costs and student debt, a college degree still pays off. A person with a bachelor’s degree can expect to earn about $1.2 million more, from ages 22 to 64, than someone with a high school diploma, the report says. More »

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Ensuring Educational Integrity

Increasing numbers of state and federal investigations have revealed widespread use of deceptive and illegal practices throughout the for-profit higher education sector. As a result, hundreds of thousands of students—a disproportionate number of which are low-income students and students of color—find themselves left with inferior educational programs and large amounts of debt. This report from theNational Consumer Law Center includes 10 recommendations it says can help states develop stronger for-profit school oversight laws and agencies. More »

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Lumina Ideas Summit: New pathways to higher education diversity

Live streamed summit will reinforce the importance of racial and socioeconomic diversity in higher education, and identify new paths to achieving these goals relative to legal constraints recently determined by the U.S. Supreme Court. Watch now »

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New Research: Affirmative Action Based on Disadvantage Could Increase Racial Diversity at America’s Most Elite Colleges

New research reveals African-American and Hispanic enrollments at America’s 193 most elite colleges would more than double if the top ten percent of every class were guaranteed admission and students from low socioeconomic backgrounds were given an admissions boost. More »

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