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The rest of America could benefit as LA helps former students earn college degrees

Oct 09, 2019

Nearly half a million adults in the Los Angeles area have completed some college but didn’t finish their degrees, according to the U.S. Census. Nationally, the figure is about 35 million Americans, or roughly 20 percent of the population between 25 and 64.

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Fifty years after protests, civil rights advocates are needed more than ever

Sep 05, 2019

We can’t achieve racial equity in higher education without an avid defense of civil rights. Within the past year, Lumina Foundation has focused on supporting civil rights organizations to increase their capacity to advocate for federal policies that can better serve today’s students.

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College classes in prison can unlock an eager, committed group of potential learners.

Aug 29, 2019

As the pool of high school seniors declines nationally, prisons represent an especially promising new source of potential students. Incarcerated individuals can succeed as college students, and higher education—if provided thoughtfully and equitably—can make a huge difference in their lives and the lives of others.

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Ten Questions for the Income-Share Agreement Debate

Aug 13, 2019

Though still in their infancy, income-share agreements (ISAs) already have many skeptics as well as defenders. Continued discussion and debate are needed to ensure the best outcomes, especially for students. But what exactly should we be discussing?

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Census fight isn’t over. Nonprofits need to help everyone stand up and be counted.

July 16, 2019

With border camps drawing scrutiny, the threat of federal immigration raids in major U.S. cities, and a recent focus on the 2020 census, it’s likely those who feel most threatened will be afraid to respond to the once-a-decade collection of individual data.

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Lumina offers grants to help states advance equity-minded leadership

May 21, 2019

Lumina Foundation is offering six-month grants of up to $50,000 for states that focus on some of the essential practices needed to grow equitable educational attainment.

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Forgiving small student debts can have a huge impact

April 30, 2019

We’re used to thinking of America’s student loan debt in terms of its colossal aggregate—more than $1.4 trillion, a figure that exceeds even our ballooning credit card debt and increasingly animates political debate.

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New Program To Help Former Students Eliminate Debt While Finishing Degrees and Certificates

April 30, 2019

Today, the Detroit Regional Chamber with higher education institution partners Henry Ford College (HFC), Oakland University (OU), and Wayne State University (WSU) announced an innovative new program that will remove a primary barrier to degree completion for thousands of adults in the Detroit region.

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Education policy is about finding solutions – and compromise

April 22, 2019

The federal Higher Education Act hasn’t been reauthorized since 2008, and with a divided Congress it’s not likely to be again this year. But several states are instituting strategies that could eventually be worth replicating.

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