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Free college? We need to fix the root problems with college affordability

Aug 05, 2019

A redesign of the American post-high school education system needs to start with a fresh look at how work and learning can be integrated.

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Do income-share agreements actually work to hold down college costs? We’re finding out.

July 17, 2019

This summer marks the third anniversary of year-round Pell grants, where students can receive extra Pell funding to enroll in summer classes and complete their programs faster. Summer Pell is a critical resource, but it doesn’t begin to solve all of the affordability issues facing today’s students.

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When Discussing Student Loan Forgiveness, Start with Racial Justice

July 02, 2019

Pay attention to electoral politics long enough and you’re sure to hear the pundit’s admonition that a successful candidate campaigns in poetry and governs in prose.

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At commencement, remembering the long struggle to get my degree

June 11, 2019

As I walked into the stadium for my community college graduation, a photographer from the school’s PR department asked for a quick word. It was the same question I’d heard from others after finishing my associate degree: “So, what’s next for you?”

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New report, old story: To succeed in college, money matters

June 11, 2019

College students of limited means receive much less support from Pell Grants today than in the past and have a much lower chance of graduating within six years, a new report shows.

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Four ways to make college financial aid more fair

March 05, 2019

The Great Recession ended 10 years ago this summer, but a decade of economic recovery has failed to lift the prospects for millions of college students staring down more than $1.5 trillion in education debt.

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College finances: Going back to school complicated for some adults

Sep 20, 2018

We celebrate the idea that earning a bachelor’s degree results in an average of $1 million in additional lifetime income. But future earnings don’t mean much when you’re a student struggling to make rent, pay for tuition, and cover all your other expenses.

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More than tuition: College costs are often hard to figure

Aug 13, 2018

If we want to help more people earn college degrees, we’d better start by making the costs of college clear for all students trying to reach that goal.

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Reauthorizing the Higher Education Act: Improving college affordability

Feb 06, 2018

I testified about college affordability today before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee as it considers reauthorization of the Higher Education Act. Here's a look at the prepared remarks, along with a video of the testimony.

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