Issue Brief Higher-education institutions, particularly those that disproportionately serve students of color, play a critical role in educating low-income students and reducing economic inequality.
Students and families spend billions of dollars each year to pay tuition and fees at our nation’s colleges and universities without understanding the value of the college education for which they are paying. A college rating system could protect students and families while helping restore public confidence in higher education.
Issue Brief Federal matching grants would allow states to significantly lower the cost of postsecondary education at public institutions.
Report The U.S. education system lacks clear pathways for students to follow from high school to a career. Emerging approaches to reform show promise for encouraging program completion, reducing costs, and improving the quality of education.
Issue Brief Students enrolled in our nation’s colleges and universities are borrowing at increasing rates, and the amounts they are borrowing are also growing. Here’s how refinancing can help.
Issue Brief Reforming the nation’s bankruptcy laws to include some student debt is a way to not only help troubled borrowers but also to foster better student loans and stronger academic programs.
Under the bill, student-loan borrowers would get a reasonable interest rate that does not change over the life of the loan.
Issue Brief Interest-rate policy for federal student loans should put students first and protect low- and middle-income students from the doubling of interest rates on July 1.
In this column, we analyze and compare some of the major proposals currently on the table in Congress regarding student-loan interest rates.
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid will soon begin collecting information about applicants who have same-sex parents, giving them equal access to college financial aid.
Transitioning from measuring student accomplishment based on credit hours toward competency-based models would be a step in the right direction to better assess a student’s skills in a particular field.
David A. Bergeron is the Vice President for Postsecondary Education at American Progress. David previously served as the acting assistant secretary for postsecondary education at the U.S. Department of Education. In this position, David acted as the education secretary’s chief advisor on higher-education issues and administered more than 60 grant and loan programs that provide […]