The Newly Updated Help-That-Hurts List
For several years I have maintained an informal list of studies finding that funds from government student aid programs are in one way or another “captured” by colleges, universities, or someone other than the students whom the money is supposed to help.
Amid Campus Protests, Universities Worry About . . . Fundraising
Growing numbers of Americans now deem college costs to have exceeded the value of a bachelor’s degree. If campus unrest spreads, and administrators show themselves to be unable or unwilling to restore a rigorous learning environment on campus, how long will already-skeptical supporters continue to donate?
Angry About Student Loan Explosion? Blame Federal Government
A major new study suggests that the federal government isn’t the solution of the student loan crisis; it is the problem.
Explaining The College Affordability Crisis—By Blaming Its Victims
It is the people, living under the economic malaise known as the “New Normal,” who have been forced over roughly the last decade to learn to do more with less. Is it unreasonable, then, that the people might expect our universities to make the same sacrifices?
Rasputin Loan Program?
It has just been reported that Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN), chairman of the Senate education committee, will move to revive Perkins for two more years.
The Delusionary “Public Service Loan Forgiveness” Program
We either all deserve a special 10-year loan forgiveness program, or none of us do.
Higher Ed Problems “God’s Will or Somebody Else’s Fault”
Today, for-profits are still high on the blame list, but accreditors seem to be rising to meet them.
Time to Bust the College-Accreditation Trust!
Expecting accreditation to prevent students from wasting government grant and loan money on college programs that have minimal value was a blunder. We shouldn’t rely more on accreditation, I suggest that we no longer rely on it at all.
Report: New College Grads Increasingly Believe College is Not Worth It
Brandon Busteed of Gallup is quoted as saying, “When you look at recent graduates with student loans it gets really ugly, really fast. If alumni don’t feel they’re getting their money’s worth, we risk this tidal wave of demand for higher education crashing down.”
Actually, You Can Discharge Student Debts and the Feds Want to Make It Easier
Just how difficult is it for a student debtor to get a court to rule that having to pay off student loans would be an “undue hardship”? Evidently, it’s not as difficult as most people think.