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White House Proposals on 529 College Plans Would Reduce Benefits

New York Times

January 23, 2015

President Obama is proposing a radical change to the 529 college savings plans held by millions of families, which would require those who use them to rethink their approach to college savings. As part of his plan to simplify the tax code and help the middle class, one of the 529 plan’s most attractive benefits would be eliminated: Money could no longer be withdrawn tax-free. (The new rules would apply only to new contributions.)Read More


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Allow universities to restructure themselves through bankruptcy

The Hill - Opinion Piece

January 23, 2015

Dennis Cariello writes: Institutions of higher education have a significant limitation on their ability to restructure debt. Practically speaking, they can’t declare bankruptcy. Despite the general nondiscrimination provision in the bankruptcy code, changes to the Higher Education Act in 1992 require that a college filing for bankruptcy immediately and irrevocably loses access to the federal loans and grants authorized under Title IV of the HEA. Considering that approximately 85 percent of students utilize Title IV programs to pay for tuition, this restriction makes filing for bankruptcy a nonstarter.Read More


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One Student's Fight To Reclaim Ip Revenues For Undergrads’ Startups

FastCompany.com

January 23, 2015

Caleb Carr, a student at University of Colorado-Denver, is trying to make sure that students are getting their fair share of the more than $22 billion in sales of products created and based on academic research. In the past year, Carr, along with a core team of about seven other students, has met with dozens of lawmakers in the hope that legislation will be proposed in early 2015 that would redefine how a student and a university can benefit financially from student ideas built with campus resources.Read More


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Restore the Pell Grant’s clout

The Hill - Commentary

January 14, 2015

Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-Calif.) writes: As a nation that values education, we should give every willing student the opportunity to succeed. Since 1972, the need-based federal Pell Grant has done just that. At the beginning of the program, the grant covered the entire cost of college. Unfortunately, as tuition costs soar and state and community college budgets are slashed, the federal government is shirking its responsibility to help students succeed. The Pell Grant now covers just a third of the cost of a public four-year school. That means today’s student is left fighting to make ends meet now while being saddled with debt for the future.

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More States Tie Money to Colleges’ Performance, but That May Not Work

Chronicle of Higher Education

January 14, 2015

A report being released on Wednesday throws more cold water on a trend that’s been sweeping the nation for the past several years, most recently with the White House proposal that seeks to make two years of community college free for everyone. It’s called performance-based funding, and it boils down to rewarding or penalizing colleges based in part on the numbers of students they graduate or retain from year to year.

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6 Years in and 6 to Go, Only Modest Progress on Obama’s College-Completion Goal

Chronicle of Higher Education

January 20, 2015

Six years ago, in his first address to a joint session of Congress, President Obama set a bold, if daunting, goal: to lead the world in college completion by 2020. Today, as Mr. Obama prepares to deliver his next-to-last State of the Union address to Congress, the nation has moved up only slightly, into a tie for 11th place, and the president’s ambitious goal looks unachievable.

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Free Community College Stories Roundup - January 16, 2015

Multiple Sources

January 16, 2015

Here is a collection of articles, alphabetized by source, on President Obama's proposal to provide free community college.

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