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NAICU debunks the major myths surrounding private nonprofit colleges and universities. Visit 9myths.org to get the facts!

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The Federal Government Has No Idea How Much Americans Owe on Student Loans

Huffington Post

March 6, 2015

Americans collectively owe lenders some $1.32 trillion on their student loans. Or at least $1.14 trillion. Or $708 billion. Or $1.16 trillion.  The different estimates -- from the Federal Reserve in Washington, U.S. Department of Education, and Federal Reserve Bank of New York, respectively -- underscore a basic fact: The federal government doesn't know much about student debt.Read More


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Members of Congress Owe Up to $4.6 Million on Student Loans

Vox

March 6, 2015

More members of Congress than ever have student loan debt — 47, or 8 percent of Congress, according to OpenSecrets. That's six more than in 2013. Together, these members owe between $1.8 million and $4.6 million in loans taken out to pay either for their own education or for that of their children and spouses.Read More


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Beyond Critical Thinking

Inside Higher Ed - Commentary

March 6, 2015

Associated Colleges of the South President R. Owen Williams writes: All of higher education has been under the gun for some time; with recession, out came the cannons. Liberal arts colleges have been especially battered, such that they could use a new narrative. At the Associated Colleges of the South -- a consortium of 16 nationally recognized liberal arts colleges -- we believe it is possible to provide tangible evidence of success and, perhaps more importantly, a clearer definition of liberal arts outcomes. 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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