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Legal Compliance or ‘Interpretive Overreach’?

The Supreme Court ruling sent institutions scrambling to ensure compliance. Some say it’s also enabled politically motivated overreach.

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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.

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A National Summit on a Higher Ed ‘Low Point’

At a daylong conference on affirmative action, there was much commiserating but little guidance as higher ed leaders searched for a path forward.

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Prompting Discussion or Tempting Litigation?

Sarah Lawrence College will ask applicants about the Supreme Court’s affirmative action ban, quoting directly from the decision. Is it a savvy workaround or a brash rejoinder?

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Reading Between the Lines on Affirmative Action

The Supreme Court’s decision only explicitly addressed admissions. But legal experts say it could have much broader implications and that colleges would be wise to prepare accordingly.

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President Biden Plans to Change How Students Pay for College

The restart of student loan repayment looms as the Biden administration readies to roll out a new way to help borrowers at risk of defaulting.

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Does the Supreme Court Order Apply to Financial Aid?

Missouri attorney general tells all colleges to drop minority scholarships. University of Missouri system complies.

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Biden Proposes New Debt-Relief Plan After Supreme Court Rejects Initial Proposal

The 6-to-3 decision stops the Biden administration from moving forward with plans to forgive up to $20,000 in student loans for eligible Americans, but the administration announced new steps to aid borrowers.