Tagged with financial aid

For-Profit Colleges Sue Again Over Federal Gainful-Employment Rule

For-profit colleges wasted no time in challenging the U.S. Education Department over the latest version of its gainful-employment rule, filing a lawsuit on Thursday in the U.S. District Court here that seeks to overturn the measure. The rule, which the department released last week, will judge career-oriented programs on the basis of their graduates’ ability … Continue reading

Fixing the Fafsa, a Popular Idea, Makes Its Way to Congress

A two-question application for federal student aid—that’s the premise behind proposed legislation from two U.S. senators who hope a streamlined form will encourage more students, especially those from lower-income backgrounds, to apply for student aid. In a news conference on Thursday, Sen. Lamar Alexander, Republican of Tennessee, and Sen. Michael F. Bennet, Democrat of Colorado, outlined … Continue reading

5 Years On, Renewed Higher-Ed Act Has Lost Its Luster

Five years ago this week, President George W. Bush signed into law legislation to reauthorize the Higher Education Act, the major law governing federal student aid. The 1,158-page bill, which was itself five years in the making, was expected to leave a lasting imprint on American higher education, holding colleges and states accountable for skyrocketing … Continue reading

Competency-Based Education Advances With U.S. Approval of Program

Last month the U.S. Education Department sent a message to colleges: Financial aid may be awarded based on students’ mastery of “competencies” rather than their accumulation of credits. That has major ramifications for institutions hoping to create new education models that don’t revolve around the amount of time that students spend in class. Now one of … Continue reading

Biden and College Presidents Talk About Paying the Bills

The Obama administration is pushing hard this week to keep the spotlight on its efforts to make college more affordable. On Tuesday, administration officials met with 10 college presidents who have agreed to include a consumer-friendly “shopping sheet” in the financial aid packages they send to incoming students. Although the Education Department and the Consumer … Continue reading

The Ph.D. Now Comes With Food Stamps

“I am not a welfare queen,” says Melissa Bruninga-Matteau. That’s how she feels compelled to start a conversation about how she, a white woman with a Ph.D. in medieval history and an adjunct professor, came to rely on food stamps and Medicaid. Ms. Bruninga-Matteau, a 43-year-old single mother who teaches two humanities courses at Yavapai … Continue reading

California May Require Higher Grades for Grants

California Gov. Jerry Brown wants to raise the minimum grade point average to qualify for state-funded student aid, directing scarce resources to students who are the most likely to graduate. However, the state’s Legislative Analyst believes the change will hurt the neediest students. The governor would raise the minimum GPA from 3.0 to 3.25 to qualify for Cal … Continue reading