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The federal Pell Grant, which mostly goes to families with annual incomes under $40,000, now covers about 25 percent of college costs, down from 69 percent in the 1970s.

Though lower-income students generally still pay less than higher-income ones, nearly 700 universities and colleges have, over the last decade, raised the prices paid by their lowest-income students more than the prices paid by their highest-income ones. Read more»

Even though the private student loan market is much smaller than the federal one, it’s still very large — more than $127 billion is owed by private student loan borrowers, and delinquencies have been rising over the past two years.

A federal judge ruled that former students from more than 150 colleges who had filed a borrower defense to repayment claim were entitled to automatic loan cancellation - but when the final legal hurdle was cleared, tens of thousands of private-loan borrowers were left out. Read more»

Exclusion of essential topics presents an inauthentic, sanitized version of African American studies in order to make the course palatable for white politicians like Gov. Ron DeSantis, who banned the course — before the revisions — in Florida last month.

Following the College Board’s decision to buckle under political pressure and strip their Advanced Placement African-American studies course of essential topics - and similar sanitization in its AP American history course - will help usher in a new era of ignorance. Read more»

Even though this is the second-largest increase in the history of the CCDBG program, it is nowhere near the level of funding states received to keep the child care industry afloat during the pandemic.

A federal program critical to helping low-income families pay for child care received a $1.9 billion increase late last year - but if states simply use the funds to provide more families with vouchers or subsidies, there might not be enough providers to serve them. Read more»

Black and Hispanic students are half as likely to transfer as white students, and lower-income students half as likely as higher-income ones, contributing to the fact that only 28 percent of Black and 21 percent of Hispanic adults have bachelor’s degrees, compared to 42 percent of white adults.

The already low proportion of students who transfer from community colleges to bachelor’s degree-granting universities fell by about 10 percent over the last two years, with the decline even larger for Black students and men - part of the drop in people going to college at all. Read more»

Textbooks in the 70s and 80s focused primarily on describing the mechanics of the greenhouse effect, whereas books published in later decades contained significantly more information on harms such as sea level rise, risks to human health, species loss, extreme weather and food shortages. 

Evidence is mounting fast of the devastating consequences of climate change, but a study found that most college biology textbooks published in the 2010s contained less content on climate change than textbooks from the previous decade. Read more»

Enrollment challenges have hastened the closings of 121 private, nonprofit colleges in the last decade, according to the U.S. Department of Education.

As college enrollment erodes and skepticism mounts about the need for a degree, the pace of annual increases in tuition and fees has for the first time since the early 1980s slowed to a rate that’s well below inflation - now, some education institutions are starting to lower their prices. Read more»

Revamping teaching approaches can’t fix some of the biggest frustrations many teachers have about their profession, such as low pay, but early results from Mesa show team teaching may be helping to reverse low morale.

Five years ago, Arizona school leaders piloted a classroom model known as team teaching - where teachers share large groups of students of up to 100 or more - as administrators hoped to fill staffing gaps and boost teacher morale and retention, and the gamble could pay off. Read more»

En este nuevo panorama legal, los programas de residencia deben equilibrar la obediencia a las leyes estatales con el cumplimiento de los estándares de acreditación de su campo.

Los futuros médicos ahora enfrentan barreras para acceder a la capacitación clínica en la atención del aborto, y eso podría limitar el acceso al aborto y a toda la atención obstétrica y ginecológica, incluso cuando advierten sobre una creciente escasez de obstetricia y ginecología. Read more»

In this new legal landscape, residency programs must balance obeying state laws with staying in compliance with their field’s accreditation standards.

In a post-Roe world, thousands of future doctors now face roadblocks to accessing clinical training in abortion care, and experts say these barriers could limit access not just to abortion, but to all obstetric and gynecological care - even as they warn of a growing OB-GYN shortage. Read more»

Faced with a shortage of child care workers, states have cobbled together a hodgepodge of changes designed to address different facets of the problem, from raising classroom ratios to lowering the age of child care employees.

The federal Department of Education allows child care providers to participate in its Public Service Loan Forgiveness program - but only if they work in a nonprofit or federally run child care center for 10 years, leaving many out in the cold. Read more»

Widely available, subsidized child care will be critical to support families impacted by abortion bans, as will initiatives that provide affordable housing.

In the wake of the Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade, experts say more families will be needing social supports at a time when those supports are already severely lacking, further burden the nation’s collapsing and severely underfunded child care system. Read more»

Workers with bachelor’s degrees earn 67 percent more than people with only high school diplomas, according to the BLS.

There has been a significant and steady drop nationwide in the proportion of high school graduates enrolling in college in the fall after they finish high school, as fewer than one in three adults now say a degree is worth the cost. Read more»

The biggest worry for some experts isn’t current teacher shortages, but teacher surpluses when pandemic funds run out after 2024.

The reasons for different teacher shortages vary, and there never were shortages everywhere or among all types of teachers — now, some education researchers who study the teaching profession say the threat is exaggerated. Read more»

Now the off-campus housing crunch is affecting on-campus housing, which is typically cheaper and for which there is intensifying competition.

Rents have risen 14 percent on average over the last year, and that’s becoming a huge problem for college students faced with spiraling off-campus housing costs. It’s also spilling over into long waiting lists for less-expensive on-campus dorms. Read more»

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