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Thomas K. Lindsay, Ph.D., Editor in Chief and Director, Center for Higher Education, Texas Public Policy Foundation

Part 15 of “Forgive Us Our Student-Loan Debts?—Not a Chance”

Editor’s Note:  Today we are running the last segment of the 15-part series on college-student-loan debt.  (Thank you to onlinecolleges.net for putting this together.) Loan collections have increased by 18%. The methods the government uses to get borrowers to pay on their loans seem to be working, even if the debt collection agencies that carry […]

Economist Says Cheaper College Could Boost Fertility

Economist Wendy P. Warcholik, a co-creator of the Tax Foundation’s popular “State Business Tax Climate Index,” is a research fellow for the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs (OCPA), the free-market think tank where I’m employed. She’s also a mom (she blogs at Ph.D. Mom Dropout) with an interest in family policy. Warcholik recognizes the importance […]

HOW FEDERALLY SUBSIDIZED LOANS FUEL TUITION INFLATION

(From the College Fix): HIGHER ED BUBBLE, STUDENT LOAN CRISIS AND BIG GOVERNMENT By Christopher White As interest rates on student loans get ready to double July 1, politicians from both parties have run around this month with ideas and promises about how they plan to help us poor college students. In reality, they’re the ones […]

Obamacare Costs Hit Higher Ed

“Officials at Oklahoma’s colleges and universities are working on their budgets for the upcoming fiscal year,” Silas Allen recently reported in The Oklahoman. “The process includes deciding whether students will see an increase in tuition and fees in the fall.” Higher-education officials are pointing to ever-increasing expenses, Allen reports, including “new costs associated with the […]

Soon, College Will Be “Better and Drastically Cheaper”

In a recent post (“$10,000 College Degree Is an Idea Worth Spreading”), I tipped my cap to Oklahoma State University president Burns Hargis, a former banker who recognizes the potential for increased productivity in higher education. “That’s what’s happened in business, and it’s what needs to happen in higher education,” Hargis says. “We need to […]

Part 14 of “Forgive us our debts? – Not a chance”

Editor’s Note:  Today we are running the fourteenth segment of the 15-part series on college-student-loan debt.  (Thank you to onlinecolleges.net for putting this together.) Debt collectors are the subject of thousands of complaints every year. Debt collectors are the subject of more complaints to the FTC than any other industry. Recently, three agencies working with […]

Part 10 of “Forgive us our debts – Not a chance”

Editor’s Note:  Today we are running the tenth segment of the 15-part series on college-student-loan debt.  (Thank you to onlinecolleges.net for putting this together.) Collection agencies have little incentive to change because many receive huge commissions. Government contracts and Education Department data showed that in 2011, collection agencies working for the government earned about $1 […]

Part 11 of “Forgive us our debts – Not a chance”

Editor’s Note:  Today we are running the eleventh segment of the 15-part series on college-student-loan debt.  (Thank you to onlinecolleges.net for putting this together.) Student loan collection contracts are gold mines for collection agencies. Debt collection agencies have pounced on the opportunity to work with the government. Some have doubled in size and are thriving, […]

Part 12 of “Forgive us our debts – Not a chance”

Editor’s Note: Today we are running the twelfth segment of the 15-part series on college-student-loan debt.  (Thank you to onlinecolleges.net for putting this together.) The average defaulted loan is worth about $17,000. That’s not a huge amount, but it can be hefty for those who don’t have jobs and nearly insurmountable for those with health […]

Farmer Ethics and Paying for College

I did not watch the Super Bowl a few weeks ago, though I was soon thereafter made aware of the Dodge commercial featuring the late Paul Harvey and the long-lost American spirit. (Side note to ad-men: TRUTH SELLS.) It served as a personal reminder of how blessed I am to come from such a deep […]