Given these findings, it’s unsurprising that many students have no idea how much they’re paying (or borrowing) for college. According to a 2014 report from the Brookings Institution, about half of all students in the U.S. underestimate how much debt they have.

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It’s No Wonder Students Can’t Pay Their Debts–Colleges Blur Loan Requirements

A new report by New America and uAspire concludes that financial aid award letters are often too confusing to be useful to prospective students. The report, entitled “Decoding the Cost of College: The Case for Transparent Financial Aid Award Letters” lambasted award letters for obfuscating useful information about loans. It concluded, “award letters lack consistency […]

How to Improve Education for Low-Income Students

Good education empowers Americans to move up the economic ladder. But today the education system fails millions of low-income students and is no longer the great opportunity equalizer. So it is time to take some sorely needed actions to shake things up.

Small Loans, Big Problem

Almost 90 percent of students who defaulted left college with debt but no degree or certificate, according to the report. And roughly 60 percent of the defaulters were students who earned fewer than 15 college credits.

The Case for Transparency In University Admissions Criteria

I have previously used this quote from Anthony Carnevale, “Higher education has become a powerful force for reinforcing advantage and passing it on through generations.” We need to take a hard look at this observation, and preferential admissions policies are a good place to start.

Reforms aimed at fighting grade inflation are falling short

The pressures to grade inflate are many: to attract students and boost enrollment; to appease graduating students seeking employment; and the desire on the part of universities to be “feeder schools” for graduate programs.

Texas Legislature Tries to Weaken Board Governance at UT-Austin

The interesting part of the story is that Hall’s investigations, confirmed by both internal and external audits of the admissions process, have been confirmed for their accuracy, despite the disparaging volleys the man has had to absorb.