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New Borrower-Defense Rules Blocked

The new rules, which make it easier for a defrauded borrower to seek debt relief, apply to claims pending on July 1 or received on or after that date. 

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U.S. Panel Wants Higher Ed Accreditors to ‘Step Up’

Report says current rules set inconsistent and sometimes inadequate expectations regarding student achievement, but it stops short of suggesting “bright-line” standards for agencies.

An illustration of the words 1st Gen laid over a question mark with a graduation cap on top symbolizes the inconsistency and uncertainty of what it means to be a first-generation college student.

Defining ‘First Generation’ in Different Ways

Colleges and governments offer financial and academic support for these students, but there’s no set standard among colleges for what the term means, as limits on affirmative action raise the stakes.

Application for New Repayment Plan Out

The U.S. Education Department launched a beta version of the application for its new income-driven repayment plan, CNN reported...
Bar chart showing how much more borrowers from seven institutions owe five years after graduation

New Data Show How Students Fare After Graduate School

At 24 institutions, students have accumulated more than $25 million in interest five years into repayment, while at one university, balances grew by $289 million.

Report Proposes Focusing Pell Grant on Living Costs, Not Tuition

The Pell Grant should be redesigned to cover a student’s living costs instead of an institution’s tuition and fees, a...
President Biden stands at a podium next to Education Secretary Miguel Cardona

‘Untold Harm’: Education Department Discharges Loans of 7,400 CollegeAmerica Students

The Biden administration says the Colorado campuses of CollegeAmerica, a defunct for-profit college, lied to students, so the Education Department is forgiving their loans and offering refunds.

Students Relying on More Financial Aid but Fewer Take Out Loans

Federal financial aid continues to be a key source of funding for students going to college, though a lower percentage...