New Report Finds Persistent Gaps in Funding for Colleges Serving Underrepresented Students

August 29, 2019

State budgets consistently shortchange underrepresented college students. While college plays a crucial role in providing opportunities for economic mobility, inequities in degree attainment by race persist. Those gaps are exacerbated by state funding patterns that funnel the least money to schools serving the highest proportions of Black, Latino, and other students of color.


New Coalition Releases College Affordability Principles

July 25, 2019

The College Affordability Coalition — 25 organizations representing students and families, institutions, consumers, and civil rights groups — released principles for the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act to ensure college is affordable for all Americans, including students of color and low-income students.


Why a Strong Gainful Employment Rule is More Important Now Than Ever

July 1, 2019

The Education Department just announced its final gainful employment (GE) rule repealing protections that have led to lower costs for students attending career programs and big savings for taxpayers. By eliminating the protections of the rule, unscrupulous schools will be able to enroll as many students as possible at as high a price as the student loan system will support.


A Popular Student Loan Fix Has Been Stalled for Years. It’s Time to Act.

July 1, 2019

Today marks the 25th anniversary of the first income-driven repayment (IDR) plan being made available for federal student loan borrowers. Over eight million borrowers currently benefit from IDR plans, which base monthly payments on an individual’s income and family size. By keeping monthly payments more affordable, IDR is a critical safety net for struggling borrowers that...