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U.S. Student-Loan Balances Increase 55% Since 2005


Bloomberg - July 17, 2012 - by Janet Lorin The average loan balance for U.S. college students has increased 55 percent to $24,301 since 2005, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. The number of student loan borrowers increased 59 percen... Read more >

Cal State Ponders 2 Paths to Deal With Possibly $250-Million More in Cuts


The Chronicle of Higher Education - July 16, 2012 - by Lee Gardner Preserve access or preserve price: Those are the options the California State University system's Board of Trustees faces to deal with a possible $250-million reduction in state funds... Read more >

Education Dept. Proposes New Rules on Student Loans


Inside Higher Ed - July 17, 2012 The U.S. Education Department today proposed new rules governing federal student loans, which would, among other things, ease the process by which disabled borrowers could have their loans discharged, establish a ne... Read more >

USDOE Guidance on Serving Veterans


Publication Date: July 13, 2012 DCL ID:      GEN-12-10 Subject: Implementation of E.O. 13607 - Establishing Principles of Excellence for Educational Institutions Serving Service Members, Veterans, Spouses, and other Family Members Summary: Th... Read more >

U.S. retraining program aims to help unemployed veterans


The Republic / - July 15, 2012 - by David Rookhuyzen Thousands of unemployed, middle-age veterans are getting a chance to start over under a special GI Bill designed to train them for new careers. Concerned about the high long-term jo... Read more >

More students trade dorm for home to afford college


MSN - July 16, 2012 - by Beth Pinsker Gladstone NEW YORK (Reuters) - Even wealthy families are scrambling to cover rising college costs by borrowing more and spending less, according to new research. Families earning more than $100,000 took out more ... Read more >

Some Schools Cut Student Grants, Scholarships


The Wall Street Journal - July 16, 2012 After loosening their coffers to help families cope during the recession, some colleges now are cutting back on grants and scholarships, aid that students don't have to pay back. The move—prompted in part by ... Read more >

College costs shifting to students, Sallie Mae survey finds


The Washington Post - July 15, 2012 - by Ylan Q. Mui Students are shouldering more of the burden of paying for college, increasing their borrowing and out-of-pocket contributions, according to a study from Sallie Mae to be released Monday. In its a... Read more >

Bridgepoint education: A good corporate citizen


U-T San Diego - July 16, 2012 A recent San Diego Regional Economic Development Corp. study has shown that Bridgepoint Education is San Diego’s ninth-largest private employer. The company positively impacts the region’s economy by more than $1 bil... Read more >

Assault on Pell Grants has serious implications


The Hill - July 13, 2012 - by Jerry Cammarata In recent years, both Republicans and Democrats in Washington have lost their way when making policy around one of most important things we will ever do: educate our children. Most recently, this has foun... Read more >

The rise of for-profit universities and colleges


University World News - July 15, 2012 - by John Aubrey Douglass In the midst of the Great Recession, for-profit colleges and universities in the United States grew at a staggering pace in enrolment, profits and the corporate value of those traded on ... Read more >

Another View: Apply same Cal Grant standards to all colleges


The Sacramento Bee - July 15, 2012 -by John Zimmerman John Zimmerman, president of MTI College in Sacramento, is responding to the June 28 editorial "A smart move to save money on Cal Grants / For-profit private schools take hit." The editorial ab... Read more >

Bipartisan Coalition of Members Press for “Gainful Employment” Freeze


Education & the Workforce Committee - July 13, 2012 U.S. House Committee on Education and the Workforce Chairman John Kline (R-MN), Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Training Chairwoman Virginia Foxx (R-NC), and Representative Howard... Read more >

The Recruitment-Agent Debate Goes Another Round


The Chronicle of Higher Education - July 12, 2012 - by Karin Fischer Denver — “My perspective,” said James L. Miller, past president of the National Association for College Admission Counseling, “is we’re not going to say that agents ar... Read more >

'False' Statements About a For-Profit


Inside Higher Ed - July 13, 2012 - by Doug Lederman The 2005 bankruptcy of Decker College drew more than its share of national headlines, not least because one of its investors (and, for a time, its president) was William Weld, the former governo... Read more >

Unintended Consequences?


Inside Higher Ed - July 13, 2012 -by Libby A. Nelson A proposed change that would lead to smaller Pell Grants for some students enrolled in online classes was intended to prevent financial aid fraud. But advocates for distance education fear it’s... Read more >

New Federal Data about Tuition, Enrollment, Degrees


Inside Higher Ed - July 13, 2012 The Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics released preliminary data Thursday about types of degrees offered and conferred, tuition and fees rates, and enrollment head counts. Provisional... Read more >

Possible Pell Grant Cut for Distance Students


Inside Higher Ed - July 12, 2012 A distance learning group is raising an alarm about a change to Pell Grants in a Senate appropriations bill for fiscal year 2013 that, if signed into law, could cut the need-based grants for students taking online c... Read more >

Education Department Launches New Online Tool To Help Students Manage Loan Debt

07/13/2012 - July 11, 2012 Today, the U.S. Department of Education released a new interactive loan counseling tool to provide students with financial management basics, like information about their current loan debt and estimates for student loan debt le... Read more >

Competency Loves Company


Inside Higher Ed - July 11, 2012 - by Steve Kolowich Northern Arizona University has inked a deal with Pearson to co-develop three fully online baccalaureate degree programs based on the increasingly popular and somewhat controversial “competency b... Read more >

Where Are All the Adults?


Inside Higher Ed - July 11, 2012 - by Paul Fain Colleges generally do a lousy job of keeping tabs on the graduation rates of their adult students. But that may change if accreditors follow the lead of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (... Read more >

Career Education Corp. : Career Education Corporation Joins Congressional E-Learning Caucus Inaugural Meeting


4-Traders - July 12, 2012 Vice President of Education Technology shares Private Sector Advances & Leadership in Online Learning Career Education Corporation (CEC) (NASDAQ: CECO) served on an expert panel focused on online learning during the ina... Read more >

For-profit colleges aren't the enemy


Star Tribune - July 12, 2012 - by David Rask Behling At the liberal arts college where I teach, faculty and staff help students recognize and explore their options and give them the tools to find a path to their vocations as teachers, coaches, artist... Read more >

Percentage of Young Americans With College Degrees Increases Slightly


The Chronicle of Higher Education - July 12, 2012 The share of young Americans who hold college degrees edged up in 2010, according to Education Department data to be released on Thursday but provided in advance to theAssociated Press. The proporti... Read more >

U. of California Settles Lawsuit Alleging Anti-Semitism at Berkeley


The Chronicle of Higher Education - July 11, 2012 - by Peter Schmidt The University of California has settled a lawsuit that accused it of tolerating anti-Semitism on its Berkeley campus, pledging as part of its agreement with the plaintiffs to con... Read more >

College Isn't So Unaffordable


Inside Higher Ed - July 12, 2012 - by Doug Lederman You know all those newspaper headlines and television talking heads saying that college is unaffordable? They're flawed, a new report argues. Okay, so that's a significant oversimplification of the ... Read more >

The College-Graduate Glut: Evidence From Labor Markets


The Chronicle of Higher Education - July 11, 2012 - by Richard Vedder The price system works marvelously to allocate resources in our society, but in higher education, prices often do not reflect the true value society places on resource usage, as th... Read more >

Whacking boards and commissions: The devil is in the details


Capitol Weekly - July 10, 2012 - by Greg Lucas California must now muddle through without an Abalone Advisory Committee. And an Anti-Terrorism Information Center, Rural Health Policy Council and Human Resources Modernization project. These are four o... Read more >

New (But Familiar) Face at Career College Group


Inside Higher Ed – July 6, 2012 WASHINGTION -- The housecleaning continues at the Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities -- but the newest addition to the senior management team of the for-profit-college  is a familiar name in hig... Read more >

Field Poll on California Government


The Field Poll - July 4, 2012 - Mark DiCamillo and Mervin Field Voters favor Brown tax initiative 54% to 38%; evenly split on Munger and Steyer tax plans. Support for the Governor's initiative would be adversely affected if the legislature funds high... Read more >

For-Profit Colleges Score Court Victory Over Obama Administration Rule


Forbes – July 3, 2012 – Daniel Fisher The for-profit college industry, long under attack by Obama administration bureaucrats as well as short-sellers like Steve Eisman, scored a big victory yesterday when a federal court in Washington, D.C. rejec... Read more >

Court Strikes Down Parts of Gainful Employment Rule. So What Now?


Politics K-12 - Education Week – July 2, 2012 - Alyson Klein So lots of folks are putting out statements about that big court decision. Not, not that one. In case you hadn't heard, a federal judge struck down a key component of the U.S. Department ... Read more >

Are Students 'Shopping' Enough?


Inside Higher Ed - July 3, 2012 - Libby A. Nelson WASHINGTON -- As the Obama administration has talked more in recent months about tuition pricing and the value of a college education, Education Secretary Arne Duncan has seized on one statistic: that... Read more >

An 'F' for college loan guidelines

07/03/2012 – July 2, 2012 – Jim Spencer WASHINGTON - Four days after the U.S. Education Department reported that for-profit college students struggle to pay back taxpayer-guaranteed education loans, a federal judge gave the standard used to ... Read more >

Ruling on 'Gainful Employment' Gives Each Side Something to Cheer


The Chronicle of Higher Education – July 2, 2012 - Goldie Blumenstyk and Charles Huckabee A federal judge's weekend ruling vacating a core element of the "gainful employment" rule was hailed Monday by for-profit college officials as vindication of ... Read more >

Down But Not Out


Inside Higher Ed – July 3, 2012 – Paul Fein WASHINGTON -- A stinging court loss has stirred up a heap of confusion about the fate of the U.S. Department of Education’s “gainful employment” regulations, the first results of which were releas... Read more >

For-Profit Colleges Score Victory With Judge's Ruling

07/03/2012 – July 3, 2012 – Douglas Belkin Leaders of for-profit colleges are applauding a judge's ruling overturning a main component of federal regulations that would have penalized the schools for graduating students with substantial debt and lit... Read more >

Court Vacates GE Regulations


APSCU – July 2, 2012 – Steve Gunderson, President and CEO Dear Members, On Saturday, June 30, 2012, Judge Rudolph Contreras of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia ruled that the "Gainful Employment" (GE) Loan Repayment R... Read more >

Eleven Well-Paying Jobs that Don't Require a 4-Year Degree


Fox Business - June 28, 2012 - Christina Couch Conventional wisdom says that the higher your degree, the higher your salary. A study by the College Board shows that the median salary of a worker holding a bachelor's degree is more than $20,000 higher... Read more >

Career Education Corporation Appoints Daniel Hurdle as Senior Vice President & Chief Career Schools Officer


Business Wire - June 28, 2012 - Career Education Corporation Hurdle Leads Consolidated Career Education Schools of Culinary, Health, and Art & Design Institutions SCHAUMBURG, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Career Education Corporation (CEC) (NASDAQ: CECO... Read more >

Corinthian Colleges Sues State Over Data Souight in Probe


Bloomberg News - June 29, 2012 - Andrew Harris Corinthian Colleges Inc. (COCO) (COCO), an operator of for-profit schools, sued Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan seeking a state-court order shielding its confidential data while she investigates i... Read more >

Judge Strikes Down 'Gainful'


Inside Higher Ed - July 2, 2012 - Doug Lederman A day before the federal government's controversial new rules governing vocational programs were set to take effect, a federal judge on Saturday invalidated one of its key elements, blocking enforcement... Read more >

At 11th Hour, Congress Approves Freeze of Interest Rate on Some Student Loans


The Chronicle of Higher Education - June 29, 2012 - Michael Stratford After months of disagreement over how to pay for a temporary freeze on the interest rate for certain federal student loans, Congress on Friday passed a bill that averts a rate incr... Read more >

Judge Strikes Down Several Provisions of 'Gainful Employment' Rule


The Chronicle of Higher Education – July 2, 2012 – The Ticker A federal judge has vacated several provisions of the controversial “gainful employment” rule, which the Department of Education issued last year in an effort to ensure that federa... Read more >

Congress' student loan agreement: Short-term relief, long-term anxiety for students

07/02/2012 - June 30, 2012 - The Associated Press Congress may have averted a doubling of interest rates on millions of new federal student loans, but the fix is only for a year, leaving students on edge over whether they'll face a similar increase... Read more >

Judge Strikes Down Several Provisions of ‘Gainful Employment’ Rule


The Chronicle of Higher Education July 2, 2012, 1:34 am A federal judge has vacated several provisions of the controversial “gainful employment” rule, which the Department of Education issued last year in an effort to ensure that federal student-... Read more >

ANA Opposes College Marketing Provision in Education Bill


Advertising Age – June 29, 2012 – Maureen Morrison The Association of National Advertisers, along with a coalition of marketing and media groups, has urged the U.S. Senate to oppose a provision in the education funding bill that would prohibit un... Read more >

Student loan deal passed by Congress


2chambers – The Washington Post – June 29, 2012 - Rosalind S. Helderman The U.S. Congress on Friday approved a measure freezing federally subsidized student loan rates for a year, averting a doubling of rates scheduled to occur Sunday and offerin... Read more >

VA Extends Principles of Excellence Deadline


The response date for submitting the intent to comply with the Principles of Excellence has been extended to August 1, 2012.  The VA will reach out to institutions of higher education to communicate this deadline change and will additionally work wi... Read more >

Dan Walters: California's budget vote change is biting back


The Sacramento Bee – June 29, 2012 – Dan Walters I told you so. Or, more accurately, I was one of several commentators who warned voters two years ago that a ballot measure to reduce the legislative vote margin on the state budget from two-thirds... Read more >

Watch Out for Fake Colleges


 Inside Higher Ed - June 29, 2012 - Elise Young WASHINGTON -- International students hoping to come to the United States to pursue a degree are being lured by “sham schools” in the U.S., said Janice Jacobs, assistant secretary for consular affai... Read more >

Massage techniques to add to your daily routine for stress, pain relief


abclocal.go – June 27, 2012 – Lori Corbin LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- There are many different types of massages, but the practice isn't just about being pampered. The National Holistic Institute, California's largest accredited massage therapy school,... Read more >

Politicians and pundits ramp up questions about value of degrees


Inside Higher Ed - June 29, 2012 - Paul Fain The backlash to college tends to be cyclical. But this latest iteration, in which pundits and politicians have questioned a supposed crusade for “college for all,” has been bolstered by the double wham... Read more >

Insults to For-Profit Faculty Members Are Unwarranted


The Chronicle - June 25, 2012 - Amy Lynn Hess To the Editor: Several times over the past few years I have found myself frustrated and saddened by the vehement intolerance in The Chronicle's online comments sections for for-profit educational institut... Read more >

Obama student loan plan nearing end

06/29/2012 - June 29, 2012 - Josh Lederman WASHINGTON (AP) — Borrowers hoping to consolidate their student loans through a special program created by President Barack Obama last year have just until Saturday to apply. To much fanfare, Obama used ex... Read more >

Senators Burr and Enzi Letter Requesting Delay on Principles of Excellence Deadline


June 28, 2012 A PDF of the Burr-Enzi letter is available for download here: 6-28-12 - Burr-Enzi - EO Letter   ... Read more >

Education Department Will Examine Apollo Group's Student-Aid Verification


The Chronicle of Higher Education - June 27, 2012 - by Julia Love The Education Department will conduct a review of the University of Phoenix to make sure that it complied with federal financial-aid rules requiring colleges to verify data supplied by... Read more >

Sacramento trade school wants to make up for Cal Grant cut


The Sacramento Bee - June 28, 2012 The owner of a Sacramento vocational school that can no longer accept Cal Grant money because of cuts in the state budget says his company will find another way to provide the scholarships to needy students, using p... Read more >

If Colleges Want Federal Funds, They'll Have to Prove Students Get Jobs


The Atlantic - June 27, 2012 - by Emily Richmond The U.S. Department of Education intends to crack down on postsecondary career programs that can't demonstrate that enough graduates have found "gainful employment," a move some for-profit colleges say... Read more >

Company that steered vets to for-profit colleges agrees to pay $2.5M, turn over site


The Washington Post - June 27, 2012 A California-based company accused of preying on veterans for their education benefits agreed Wednesday to pay $2.5 million to 20 states and turn over its website — — to the U.S. Department of Vetera... Read more >

Career Schools Are the Right Path for Many Americans


Real Clear Policy - June 27, 2012 - by Steve Gunderson Due to our tailored curriculum, flexible scheduling, and personalized instruction, career colleges and universities have become the choice of more and more Americans. As students – many of wh... Read more >

An Open Letter to Selective Colleges


Inside Higher Ed - June 26, 2012 -by Dean Dad Dear Selective Colleges, You know I’m a fan. I’m a proud grad of one of your number, and I’m glad to report that my community college has a strong track record of sending students your way, where th... Read more >

For-Profit Schools Dazed by Data


CNBC - June 26, 2012 - by Herb Greenberg This is as bizarre as it gets: The Education Department Tuesday released so-called “Gainful Employment” data that ultimately determines whether the schools should qualify for aid. At least two companies ha... Read more >

APSCU Responds To Investigation On Misleading Internet Recruitment Of Veterans


APSCU - June 27, 2012 Washington, D.C. – Former Congressman Steve Gunderson, the president and chief executive officer of the Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities (APSCU) today issued the following statement in response to the ... Read more >

Senate Reaches Deal on Loans


Inside Higher Ed - June 27, 2012 - by Libby A. Nelson With less than a week remaining until the interest rate on federally subsidized student loans is set to double, Senate leaders said Tuesday afternoon that they had agreed on a compromise to keep t... Read more >

Members of Military Targeted by Predatory Financial Practices


ABC News - June 26, 2012 - by Arlette Saenz Some servicemen and women serving abroad have found themselves not only facings the danger posed to them by their enemies, but threats on the home front from predatory financial practices aimed at them and ... Read more >

California budget cuts Cal Grants at most private schools


The Sacramento Bee - June 27, 2012 - by Laurel Rosenhall California students will no longer be able to use state scholarships to pay tuition at most for-profit colleges under the final budget plan lawmakers are expected to send Gov. Jerry Brown today... Read more >

Most for-profit college programs may sail through new rule


REUTERS - June 26, 2012 Most programs at for-profit colleges, including those at Apollo Group and Strayer Education Inc, could clear new rule requirements, according to latest data on loan repayment by students released by the Department of Education... Read more >

New rules will reflect a more pessimistic pension risk for California


The Sacramento Bee - June 26, 2012 - by Dan Walters A few days ago, the Pew Center on the States released a report on the nationwide gap between promises made to public employees for pensions and what states are spending to close the gap. On paper, C... Read more >

Feds: For-profits could lose federal student aid


Associated Press - June 26, 2012 - by Christine Armario Former students in career-training programs at dozens of for-profit institutions have had so much trouble paying off their loans that the schools could lose access to federal student aid if they... Read more >

California Lawmakers' New Push to Freeze Tuition


Inside Higher Ed - June 26, 2012 California Governor Jerry Brown and legislative leaders have reached a deal that would bar public universities from receiving $125 million that could become available for them if voters approve a tax hike unless the u... Read more >

Missing the Mark on 'Gainful'


Inside Higher Ed - June 26, 2012 - by Libby A. Nelson Five percent of vocational programs fail to meet minimum Education Department standards for student success after graduation, putting them at risk of losing federal financial aid dollars if they d... Read more >

APSCU Responds To Release Of Gainful Employment Figures


APSCU - June 25, 2012 Washington, D.C. – Former Congressman Steve Gunderson, the president and chief executive officer of the Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities (APSCU) today issued the following statement in response to the ... Read more >

Short Seller Scrutiny


Inside Higher Ed - June 25, 2012 - by Paul Fain An internal audit has largely exonerated the U.S. Department of Education for its handling of sensitive information in the run-up to the release of “gainful employment” rules last year. But the... Read more >

GE Informational Rates Released to Institutions


Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities - Jun 22, 2012 The Department of Education began releasing the 2011 Gainful Employment Informational Debt Measures and Gainful Employment Loan Medians for Disclosures to institutions on Friday, ... Read more >

Harry Reid, Mitch McConnell near student loan deal


Politico - June 21, 2012 - by Seung Min Kim and Manu Raju Top senators from both parties are closing in on an agreement to prevent student loan rates from doubling on July 1 — even as President Barack Obama and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McC... Read more >

Treasury Report Makes Economic Case for Higher Education


The Chronicle of Higher Education - June 21, 2012 A new analysis released Thursday by the U.S. Treasury Department, produced in tandem with the Education Department, calls higher education “an important driver of economic mobility” that is vita... Read more >

Up to 95 Million Low-Skill Workers in Danger of Being Left Behind


The Wall Street Journal - June 21, 2012 - by Daniel Lippman Between 90 and 95 million low-skill workers around the world could be without jobs by 2020 because there simply won’t be enough positions available for them to apply for, according to a n... Read more >

For-Profits and Federal Finances


Inside Higher Ed - June 22, 2012 - by Paul Fain Federal budget woes will dominate the ongoing policy debate over for-profit colleges, said Steven Gunderson, president of the Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities, the industry's prim... Read more >

Senate Panel Passes Bill Raising Pell Grant and NIH Support


The Chronicle of Higher Education - June 12, 2012 - by Michael Stratford U.S. Senate appropriators approved a bill on Tuesday that would increase the maximum Pell Grant by $85 in the 2013 fiscal year and give $100-million more in funds to the Nationa... Read more >

College enrollment shows signs of slowing


The Hechinger Report - May 31,2012 - by Jon Marcus Harvard, Yale and a few other selective universities may be announcing record numbers of applications for the semester beginning in the fall, but higher-education officials are fretting about ominous... Read more >

Plan Seeks to Streamline Transfer of Online Courses Across State Lines


The Chronicle of Higher Education - June 20, 2012 - by Ben Pokross Leaders in online education are nearing completion of a plan to streamline the procedures required to offer classes in multiple states, saving colleges time and money. To gain appro... Read more >

New Gainful Employment Regulations May Impact College Students


US News and World Report - June 20, 2012 The Student Loan Ranger has talked a lot about the fact that, absent government intervention, the interest rate on subsidized Stafford loans will double from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent on July 1. We haven't ta... Read more >

Boxer Moves To Prevent Misuse Of "G.I. Bill" Phrase By Colleges


KHTS AM1220 - June 20, 2012 Today, U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA), co-chair of the Senate Military Family Caucus, joined with Senators Tom Harkin (D-IA), Mark Begich (D-AK), Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), Claire McCaskill (D-MO), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Dia... Read more >

“It Takes a Village” To Get a Job in California Today


Fox&Hounds - June 19, 2012 - by Michael Bernick These days to get a job in California it takes use of job search boards and social media techniques.  It takes use of networks of business associates and acquaintances. When financially possible, i... Read more >

Has Nursing Been Overhyped As A Career Choice?


Forbes - June 18, 2012 - by Alison Griswold In a time of nationwide high unemployment and economic uncertainty, job forecasts have consistently pegged nursing as a promising sector largely immune to the woes of the recession. Technological advances, ... Read more >

How this job market could scar a generation


USA TODAY - June 19, 2012 - by Chuck Raasch Megan Silsby earned a biology degree last month from Virginia Tech, and she considers herself a full-time worker even though she hasn't landed a job in this rough economy. Every day at 8 a.m., Silsby, 22, h... Read more >

U.S. Olympic Team’s surprising school sponsor


The Washington Post - June 19, 2012 - by Valerie Strauss The United States Olympic Team has more than 30 official sponsors, but only one of them is a school. And the choice says a lot about where education is heading these days. In the past, Team USA... Read more >

Corinthian Colleges to sell 2 WyoTech campuses


Reuters - June 19, 2012 Corinthian - known for its Everest, Heald and WyoTech campuses - said it would sell its WyoTech campuses in Sacramento, California and Daytona Beach, Florida. WyoTech campuses offer courses in automotive training. The company ... Read more >

Overkill on Remediation?


Inside Higher Ed - June 19, 2012 - by Paul Fain Complete College America is on a crusade to improve remedial education, which it says is hopelessly broken and failing students. The group has had big successes in a campaign that is gathering stea... Read more >

Eileen Ambrose: College-aid letters need more clarity


The Sacramento Bee - June 18, 2012 - by Eileen Ambrose When you buy a house, you know the price and your monthly payment. The same with a car. But when it comes to a college education, students often don't have a clear idea of what they'll end up pay... Read more >

Young illegal immigrants’ amnesty could tighten competition for jobs, college


The Washington Post - June 15, 2012 - by Pamela Constable President Obama has just opened a floodgate of opportunity for young illegal immigrants in the United States, but could it squeeze the aspirations of legal Americans in the process? Across the... Read more >

Job Hunt: Many adults are headed back to the classroom

06/18/2012 - June 15, 2012 Once you've made the big decision to juggle life's demands and return to school, you will need a dedicated space to complete assignments. If taking online classes, you'll need your own computer and Internet access.The ... Read more >

Boosting paychecks without a degree

06/18/2012 - June 15, 2012 - by Jane S. Shaw It seems as though every day we hear bad news about higher education. Tuition is rising, nearly 40 percent of all college students fail to graduate even in six years, and many of those who do graduate c... Read more >

Sallie Mae Offers Financial Checklist For New College Graduates


The Street - June 14, 2012 Two recent surveys indicate that companies plan to hire more new college grads this year than they did in the past two years. That’s good news for the more than 3.4 million college students who graduated in the 2011-2012 ... Read more >

Court of Appeals reverses in part Department of Education's efforts to expand misrepresentation rules

06/15/2012 - June 12, 2012 Dow Lohnes PLLC, Gregory Ferenbach and Paul Thompson Last week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia issued its long-awaited decision in the case brought by the Association of Private Sector Colleges and... Read more >

Education Department Releases New Data on College Costs


US News & World Report - June 13, 2012 - by Catherine Groux As more college graduates find themselves in an overwhelming amount of debt, the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) has made it a priority to bring more transparency to college costs. In... Read more >

Education-Spending Bill Advances in the Senate


The Chronicle of Higher Education - June 14, 2012 - by Kelly Field The Senate Appropriations Committee passed a spending bill on Thursday that would increase the maximum Pell Grant by $85 in the 2013 fiscal year and give $100-million more in funds t... Read more >

Rare Union Win in For-Profit Sector


Inside Higher Ed - June 15, 2012 - by Scott Jaschik Faculty unions have struggled to make inroads in for-profit higher education. Organizing drives have been few and far between. One of the last major efforts was by the American Federation of Teacher... Read more >

Is Perestroika Coming In California?


Forbes - June 11, 2012 - by Joel Kotkin When Jerry Brown was elected governor for a third time in 2010, there was widespread hope that he would repair the state’s crumbling and dysfunctional political edifice. But instead of becoming a Californian ... Read more >