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Higher Education: Archives

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.

by Ben Miller | Tuesday, November 24, 2015

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

graduates at commencementFacilitating 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.

by David A. Bergeron | Monday, October 26, 2015

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.

by Rohit Chopra | Thursday, October 8, 2015

Capped Out

University of Washington students library 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.

by Ben Miller | Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Initial Analysis of College Scorecard Earnings and Repayment Data

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

by Ben Miller and Antoinette Flores | Thursday, September 17, 2015

Credit for Serving

service learning 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.

by Carmel Martin, Ben Miller, Shiv Rawal, Phoebe Sweet | Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Up to the Job?

desks 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.

by Ben Miller | Tuesday, September 8, 2015

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

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

by Antoinette Flores | Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Cash Management Rule Maximizes Student Access to Financial Aid Dollars

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

by Joe Valenti and Elizabeth Baylor | Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Improving Student Loan Servicing

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

by Sarah Edelman and Ben Miller | Thursday, July 23, 2015

Don’t Make These Common Higher Education Mistakes

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

by Antoinette Flores | Monday, July 13, 2015

The Relationship Between Student Debt and College Completion

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

by Ben Miller | Friday, June 26, 2015

Examination of Select Post-Secondary Financial Aid Programs

Elizabeth BaylorElizabeth 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.

by Elizabeth Baylor | Wednesday, June 17, 2015

The First Round of Student Loan Debt Relief Is Here

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

by Ben Miller | Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Bipartisan Support for Financial Aid Reform

graduationAllowing students and families to use prior-prior year income data on the FAFSA could work as an intermediate step toward CAP’s proposed early guarantee of financial aid and would improve the application process for millions of students.

by Antoinette Flores | Wednesday, May 27, 2015