"In its first few years, the Obama administration played a major role in higher education as the nation’s economy was foundering. ... Now, it seems, it is the states that are expansive. Or at least some of them," The Washington Post reports.
"More borrowers are failing to make payments on their student loans five years after leaving college, painting a grim picture for borrowers, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York," Bloomberg reports.
"Lacey Vallery, an admissions counselor at Robert Morris University, has been in the field for just 10 months. So there’s a lot for her to learn about the intricacies of paying for college. But she knows more — a lot more, she says — than she would have if not for the university’s College Affordability Academy," according to The Chronicle of Higher Education.
"For all the talk about the prospect of free community college, most two-year-college leaders are skeptical about the feasibility that the concept will come to pass in their states," Inside Higher Ed reports.
"A judge refused to block the closing of Sweet Briar College on Wednesday but issued an injunction to limit the small women’s college from spending any charitable contributions for that purpose," The Associated Press reports.
"Whether or not college leaders realize it, last week’s announcement by LinkedIn that it would spend $1.5 billion to buy Lynda.com, a provider of consumer-focused online courses, carries notable consequences for higher education," according to The Chronicle of Higher Education.
"Three Lynchburg women are charged with submitting fraudulent student aid applications for Liberty University online classes," The Associated Press reports.
"Rhea Shannon is the kind of girl who is passionate about telling stories, and is quick with a smile. ... But what really grips you is her story," CNN Money reports.
"The North Dakota Senate on Wednesday passed a higher education bill that caps tuition raises at 2 ½ percent and leaves intact most of a funding formula based on students successfully completing classes," The Associated Press reports.
"On March 31, the U.S. Department of Education released for the first time a list of postsecondary institutions that are subject to oversight because of concerns related to their administrative management or financial position," according to The Center for American Progress.
"It may not feel like it sometimes, but college is subsidized in the U.S.—substantially so," according to The Washington Post's GovBeat.
"House Republicans recently released their proposed 2016 budget, and it is cause for concern," Equal Justice Works writes in The Huffington Post's The Blog.
An overwhelming majority of U.S. adults say it is important to have some kind of postsecondary education, though most do not think it is affordable for those who need it, according to a new survey from the Lumina Foundation and Gallup.
"Over the past few weeks, four candidates have officially announced that they’re running for president," The Chronicle of Higher Education reports.
"Next week will be April 20, otherwise known as 4/20. People in some states may celebrate the occasion thanks to recently relaxed penalties for the use and possession of small quantities of marijuana," according to U.S. News and World Report's Student Loan Ranger.