"Do engineers matter more than the science teachers who fired their imaginations? Are accounting majors more valuable to our society than someone studying theology? Should a university receive less financial aid because their students choose humanitarian service instead of high paying jobs? How can these incomparables be measured – and should we try?" Reps. Michael Capuano (D-Mass.) and Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) write in an opinion piece for The Hill.
"For years, it was information shared only in whispers. An undocumented student, bright and educated, wanted to go to college, and a precious few universities were willing, very quietly, to help them pay for it," The New York Times reports.
"It’s not easy for the average family to ensure that their child receives a quality education. And the federal government is not making it any easier," Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) writes in an opinion piece for The National Review.
"Financing a college education — regardless of socioeconomic standing — is no easy task," USA Today reports.
"The top Massachusetts lawmakers dealing with higher education are asking for a huge influx of state money into the state's higher education system," MassLive.com reports.
"College students could save an average of $128 a course if traditional textbooks were replaced with free or low-cost “open-source” electronic versions, a new report finds," The New York Times reports.
"The government could write down some of the millennials' debt, or let them more easily wipe out debt in bankruptcy, and it could replace those obligations with its own, cheaper debt," Noah Smith writes in an opinion piece for NorthJersey.com.
"A recent report from the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) made recommendations to the U.S. Department of Education (ED) on ways to improve federal student loan servicing," New America's Postsecondary National Policy Institute reports.
"Recently, Dr. Janet Napolitano, President of the University of California (UC) system, in presenting the 37th Pullias Lecture at the Pullias Center for Higher Education at USC, argued passionately that the state's Governor, legislators and voters need to recognize 'the unique role research universities have played in making California a bastion of innovation and a world leader in its own right,'" Ricardo Azziz, president of Georgia Regents University, writes in The Huffington Post's The Blog.
An early commitment program may increase the enrollment rates of Pell Grant recipients by approximately 4 percentage points, though it would cost an additional $1.5 billion per cohort to the federal government, according to a recent study in the Journal of Higher Education.
"American families recognize the value of a dollar. And they recognize how important each and every dollar is when it comes to saving for college for their loved ones," Betty Lochner, chair of the College Savings Plans Network, writes in an opinion piece for The Hill.
"Colleges are facing a perfect storm that could shutter hundreds of them and leave many more wondering how to survive. Yet much of higher education’s leadership is in denial that anything is amiss," Time reports.
"The House voted Wednesday to expand the benefits of popular college savings plans that President Barack Obama failed to scale back," The Associated Press reports.
Feb. 26, 2015 - Even as negotiators continued to advocate against ED’s proposal for another student loan repayment plan (PAYE2), they worked through possible issues for an extended rulemaking agenda Wednesday during the second day of negotiated rulemaking. ED canceled Thursday’s scheduled negotiated rulemaking meeting and will release a final agenda before the committee reconvenes from March 31-April 2.
"In the current debate in Springfield, Ill., and in the capitals of other cash-strapped states around the country, one major area of budget focus is education," Douglas D. Baker, president of Northern Illinois University, writes in The Huffington Post's The Blog.