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When a ‘Race Problem’ Becomes a Social Challenge

Recent high-profile incidents of racism on U.S. college campuses highlight long-term realities for students of color and help reframe the purpose of higher education in the face of demographic shifts.

The Importance of a Strong Federal Student Aid Office

Ben Miller, Senior Director for Postsecondary Education, testified before a joint hearing of the Subcommittee on Government Operations and the Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Training in the U.S. House of Representatives.

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We Already Cleaned up the Student Loan Mess—Let’s Not Do It Again

Facilitating the purchase of federal student loans by private lenders through offering tax benefits and a new federal guarantee would be a step in the wrong direction for students and taxpayers.

Consumer Protection and Higher Education Financing Alternatives

Rohit Chopra, Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress, testified before the U.S. Congress Joint Economic Committee.

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Capped Out

article icon Issue Brief Unnecessary austerity in the federal budgeting process forces Congress to choose between paying for the nation’s largest college grant program or funding crucial domestic programs.

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Initial Analysis of College Scorecard Earnings and Repayment Data

Most undergraduate borrowers are repaying their loans, but results are getting worse, particularly in the for-profit sector.

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Credit for Serving

book_alt2 icon Report National service provides significant benefits for both students and communities, and colleges must do more to make these opportunities available for college credit to all students.


Up to the Job?

article icon Issue Brief A new CAP analysis shows that accreditation agency ACICS—along with many other national accreditors—is not sufficiently vetting the institutions that it approves to offer federal student loans.

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Proposed Student Loan Repayment Plan Would Extend the Same Income-Based Terms to All Federal Loan Borrowers

The U.S. Department of Education’s proposed repayment plan would expand generous income-based repayment terms to all borrowers.

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Cash Management Rule Maximizes Student Access to Financial Aid Dollars

The U.S. Department of Education’s proposed regulations of campus financial products would ensure that students’ best interests are met.

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Improving Student Loan Servicing

The Center for American Progress makes comments to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau on ways to improve student loan servicing.


Don’t Make These Common Higher Education Mistakes

Here are some of the most common mistakes people make when discussing higher education, with tips on how to avoid them.

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The Relationship Between Student Debt and College Completion

While high levels of student loan debt are troubling, they may reflect higher rates of postsecondary degree attainment in some states.

Elizabeth Baylor

Examination of Select Post-Secondary Financial Aid Programs

Elizabeth Baylor, Associate Director of Postsecondary Education at the Center for American Progress, testified before the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, Office of Civil Rights Evaluation.

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The First Round of Student Loan Debt Relief Is Here

The U.S. Department of Education will start to forgive the loans of some defrauded borrowers from Corinthian Colleges.

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