Can Federal Oversight of Accreditation Improve Student Outcomes?
May 25, 2022
Since the 1960s, the accreditation process and accreditors have played an important gatekeeping function for institutions’ access to federal student financial aid. Recognizing this role, Congress and the Department of Education have introduced and modified federal requirements and oversight of accreditors to ensure that these gatekeepers are protecting students and public dollars. While these federal…
At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the federal government stopped requiring payment on most federal student loans. This “payment pause” was originally set to expire in September 2020, but after several extensions it is set to expire May 1, 2022. This report from the California Policy Lab and the Student Loan Law Initiative describes…
Amid calls to extend the two-year pause on the repayment of federally held student loans, researchers at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York predict in a report released this week that borrowers are likely to struggle financially once forbearance ends. The result, according to the report, will be a significant rise in delinquencies, both…
Canceling Debts That Surged During COVID-19 for Low-Income Students
March 16, 2022
New research from NextGen Policy and the Student Borrower Protection Center suggests that colleges’ policies around unpaid student balances may be contributing to enrollment declines while also creating lasting financial challenges for students.
Green jobs are already in demand across the country, and Arkansas is no different. A new report from Emsi, Burning Glass, and WorkingNation examines and details the growing green workforce in Arkansas and the skills needed to land these jobs.
Lessons Learned From Colorado Performance Contracts
Feb. 2, 2022
A report from the Center for American Progress examines Colorado’s experiment with performance contracts in the College Opportunity Fund and how those contracts might be used for accountability in federal-state partnership proposals for higher education.
Higher education policy experts with differing views on the value of for-profit institutions offer six policy recommendations for holding for-profit institutions accountable in a report from Opportunity America.
A working paper from the Bipartisan Policy Center examines federal student loan debt and the complex challenges that helped spur the ongoing crisis. It concludes with a discussion of several current policy proposals aimed at curbing the unsustainable growth of student debt and improving borrower outcomes.
How One Simple Fix Could Improve Student Loan Repayment
Oct. 7, 2021
The biggest problem contributing to the student loan dilemma also has the easiest fix: simply change the way in which loans are repaid, says this report from Third Way. “Free” college is a worthwhile discussion, as are the rising cost of college and a reconsideration of need-based grant aid. But, holding those costly issues aside,…
Content and Design Recommendations for Transparent Student Communications
Aug. 27, 2021
Decoding the contents of financial aid offers can be a perplexing and daunting task for students and families. This report from the American Talent Initiative lays out 10 recommendations for redesigning financial aid offers.
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