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DeVos Makes it Easier for Bad Career Programs to Scam Students: What Our Partners and Allies Think

10 August 2018

In sweeping move, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos proposes erasing an Obama-era rule meant to hold bad schools and career programs accountable for graduating students with high debts and few job opportunities.
Here is what we and our partners had to say.

Blog, For-Profit Programs, Partners, Press

Department of Education Eviscerates Student Protections, Protects Predatory For-Profit Colleges: What Our Partners and Allies Think

25 July 2018

The Department of Education has announced its proposal to rollback a student loan forgiveness program meant to give relief to those scammed by for-profit colleges. Consumer and students’ rights groups are reacting strongly against the announcement. Here is what we and our partners had to say.

Blog, For-Profit Programs, Partners

“Free College:” Here to Stay?

16 July 2018

Providing “free college” programs is growing in popularity as more states seek to implement their own versions. But what can assure skeptics that these programs are as politically sustainable as they are politically popular?
Jen Mishory of The Century Foundation examines the fiscal sustainability of these plans. Looking at six free college programs that existed during the Great Recession, Mishory shows how they retained their financial and political support even as states were cutting other aid programs and education spending.

Affordability / Quality, Blog, Free Community College, Partners

Who Pays? How Industry Insiders Rig the Student Loan System—and How to Stop It

2 July 2018

The student loan industry’s influence on government policy must be exposed, and its role in the larger student debt crisis cannot be downplayed.
Julie Margetta Morgan, a Fellow with the Roosevelt Institute, explains how powerful industry players have succeeded in exploiting the student loan system “for the good of student loan borrowers”. Margetta Morgan also argues that advocates and researchers need to not only change the rules of the system, but also change the way we think about the system.

Blog, Partners, Wall Street's Role in Education

Four Principles for a Free Community College Program That Works for All

6 June 2018

Policymakers looking at free or debt free college plans must also ensure their proposals are not overly restrictive or based on inaccurate assumptions about students. Sara Garcia at the Center for American Progress lays out the four key principles that these free community college programs should consider as more states seek to increase college access.

Affordability / Quality, Blog, Free Community College

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