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"Howard University recently announced that it will freeze tuition for students and offer them money back for graduating in four years or less, beginning next fall," NBC News reports.
"Thousands of veterans and active-duty members of the armed services have filed complaints against colleges through an online system created just over a year ago, officials in the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs said on Tuesday," The Chronicle of Higher Education's The Ticker reports.
"These days, lots of politicians are talking about shrinking the FAFSA. ... That raises the most important question: Is that even possible?" NPR asks. "'The answer is "No, it's not possible,"' says Justin Draeger of the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators. 'The more you simplify the federal form, the more everybody tends to look needy.'"
"With less than two years left in office, President Barack Obama still has a lofty agenda when it comes to education in America," Matthew Lynch, an associate professor of Education at Virginia Union University, writes in an opinion piece for Diverse: Issues in Higher Education.
"The Obama administration, under pressure from Congressional Democrats and consumer advocates, is deciding whether to relieve the debt of some federal student loan borrowers who attended Corinthian Colleges," Inside Higher Ed reports.
"For those students on the cusp of meeting minimum SAT requirements to enter college, where they choose to enroll could determine their chance of eventually earning a bachelor's degree," Inside Higher Ed reports.
"Aspiring college students are asked to take their future on faith. They’re expected to strive to reach a higher-education experience many of them can hardly imagine, to trust they’ll find a way to foot the bill for one of the most expensive purchases they’ll ever make. That last part, in particular, can be a tough sell when your family earns less in a year than some colleges charge for one," The Chronicle of Higher Education reports.
"President Obama's free community college proposal has a direct ancestor in a program Tulsa Community College began in 2007. And Tulsa's free-tuition experiment is working, with the college's leaders calling it a 'battle-tested' recipe for increasing degree production," Inside Higher Ed reports.
"Tuesday’s announcement that Sweet Briar College will close later this year despite still having $84-million in its endowment comes as a grim reality check for small liberal-arts colleges that have been facing enrollment and financial challenges in recent years—and particularly for the dwindling number of small women’s colleges," The Chronicle of Higher Education reports.
"Federal Reserve Bank of New York President William Dudley warned Wednesday that borrowing to finance higher education may not be for everyone," The Wall Street Journal's Real Time Economics reports.
"Millions of parents get a state-tax break for contributing to a 529 college-savings plan. But when it’s time to pay tuition bills, some parents may find that the tax-smart move is to not pay the full tab with cash they pull out of that plan," The Wall Street Journal's Total Return reports.
Secretary of Education Arne Duncan defended the president’s fiscal year (FY) 2016 budget request in front of members of the Labor-HHS subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee, several of whom expressed concerns about America’s College Promise.
"Like their peers across the country, Virginia public institutions have responded to state funding reductions in recent years by raising tuition," Inside Higher Ed reports.
"Higher education leaders in New Orleans agree that the $143 million cuts to state colleges and universities proposed by Gov. Bobby Jindal would hurt local schools. At the same time, they expressed relief that the proposed reductions are far less than the $300 million figure floated in recent weeks," The Times-Picayune reports.
Policymakers looking to improve student loan services should focus on better educating students and families about financial aid and debt before they take out loans, according to panelists at an event Tuesday hosted by American Student Assistance (ASA).
 
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