We agree that attention needs to be paid to assuring that talented students from all income levels have a chance at a quality education. In fact, U-M has made college achievement easier for the critical and financially-challenged middle class residents of Michigan.
Starting in January, the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor will guarantee free tuition for all in-state undergraduates with an annual family income of $65,000 or less. Many observers cheered the announcement on Thursday, but some higher-education experts greeted it with skepticism.
Sitting in the Michigan Union, doing some studying before heading off to her retail job in downtown Ann Arbor, Kate Meyers was unaware that her financial plans for the next several years had just changed.
"Committee-based" system -- pioneered at Penn -- changes how applicants are first judged at a growing number of competitive colleges.
The group uses data to predict where students may go wrong so they can receive extra help in those areas. The universities experimented with a variety of programs, like creating peer groups of students who would otherwise get lost, or helping them make good class choices and get remedial help....
Rather than always looking at the revenue side of the ledger by figuring out how to attract more students with marketing gimmicks and constant discounting, colleges should start studying the expense side as well for ways to lower their costs.
Most former college students say they would change either their major, college attended or credential pursued if they could do it all over again, survey finds.
The burden of student debt is having an outsize impact on women who now hold nearly two thirds of the $1.3 trillion in outstanding education loans, according to a report released Wednesday by the American Association of University Women.
White House plan confirms drastic cuts to many programs while proposing to substantially alter loan programs.
Colleges (and nontraditional providers) experiment with income-share agreements as innovation that could help some people afford education and training.