Paying for College

Education news, analysis, and opinion about how students and families finance college tuition, including through student loans, Pell Grants and other financial aid
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College & Workforce Readiness Opinion Can College-Going Be Less Risky Without Being 'Free'?
Rick Hess speaks with Peter Samuelson, president of Ardeo Education Solutions, about Ardeo's approach to make paying for college less risky.
Rick Hess, August 25, 2021
5 min read
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College & Workforce Readiness Opinion An Economist Explains How to Make College Pay
Rick Hess speaks with Beth Akers about practical advice regarding how to choose a college, what to study, and how to pay for it.
Rick Hess, June 10, 2021
6 min read
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Student Well-Being Will Scholarships Persuade Ohio Parents to Get Their Kids Vaccinated?
Every Wednesday, the state will randomly draw a 12-17-year-old to win a scholarship for five weeks.
Alexis Oatman, cleveland.com, May 17, 2021
2 min read
Applications for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form are on the decline.
Applications for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form are on the decline.
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College & Workforce Readiness This Is Not a Good Time to Fall Off the College Track. Students Are Doing It Anyway
Fewer students in the Class of 2021 are applying for college financial aid, continuing a drop that started last year.
Sarah D. Sparks, March 8, 2021
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Applications for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form were on the rise until this spring.
Applications for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form were on the rise until this spring.
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College & Workforce Readiness A New Worry From the COVID-19 Crisis: Paying for College
Fewer students are filing financial aid applications this year, as the pandemic continues to disrupt college plans for high school seniors nationwide.
Sarah D. Sparks, May 5, 2020
6 min read
College & Workforce Readiness Higher-Ed. Legislation Bubbling in Congress
It may be a slow time for K-12 activity on Capitol Hill, but you can't say the same about higher education: In the last several weeks, both Democrats and Republicans have introduced bills designed to address college access, costs, and other policies.
Andrew Ujifusa, October 29, 2019
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College & Workforce Readiness Does Higher Ed Really Pay Off? New Gates-Funded Commission Aims to Find Out
As the cost of college rises and students go deeper into debt, families are increasingly asking whether higher education is worth the cost. A new commission is tasked with helping to answer that question.
Catherine Gewertz, May 16, 2019
3 min read
College & Workforce Readiness 4 Things You Need to Know About 'Free College' Proposals
"Free college" proposals are multiplying like rabbits as Democratic presidential candidates jump on board with the idea. But these plans vary widely. And most don't make college "free."
Catherine Gewertz, May 1, 2019
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College & Workforce Readiness Why Don't Students Apply for Financial Aid?
What's the biggest reason high school students don't take advantage of federal financial aid for college? A new study sheds some light on the dynamics behind that missed opportunity.
Catherine Gewertz, December 19, 2018
2 min read
Iishe Davis, a sophomore at Scripps College, is working this summer at the college campus in Claremont, Calif. Originally from Louisville, Ky., Davis got guidance on choosing a college through Ivy Plus Academy, a special program at her high school.
Iishe Davis, a sophomore at Scripps College, is working this summer at the college campus in Claremont, Calif. Originally from Louisville, Ky., Davis got guidance on choosing a college through Ivy Plus Academy, a special program at her high school.
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College & Workforce Readiness How One Teacher Makes 'Impossible' College Dreams Possible for Students
Many of Beau Baker’s brightest students in Louisville, Ky., entered high school thinking college was not for a first-generation kid like them. Baker is working to change that.
Sasha Jones, August 1, 2018
7 min read
College & Workforce Readiness Financial Aid by Phone: Doing the FAFSA Gets Easier, in a Glitchy Kind of Way
A new, mobile-friendly version of the federal financial-aid website made its debut this week, but not without a few glitches.
Catherine Gewertz, July 27, 2018
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Applications for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form are on the rise.
Applications for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form are on the rise.
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Federal Are the Right Students Applying for Federal College Aid?
Campaigns by states and school districts to persuade more students to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid have largely been a success. The problem: too few of those students come from high-poverty schools.
Catherine Gewertz, July 25, 2018
6 min read
College & Workforce Readiness Testing, Bachelor's Degrees and More: the Most-Read 'High School & Beyond' Posts of 2017
The most-read blog posts of 2017 show a wide-ranging interest in financial aid, the value of high school diplomas and bachelor's degrees, and, yes, testing screwups.
Catherine Gewertz, December 21, 2017
3 min read
College & Workforce Readiness FAFSA Hacker Pleads Guilty to Trying to Get Trump Tax Info
A Louisiana man has pleaded guilty to federal charges in a hacking scheme that shut down a key piece of the federal financial aid system earlier this year.
Catherine Gewertz, December 12, 2017
1 min read