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...


Plans to Streamline Income-Driven Repayment Show Both Overlap and Divergence

April 30, 2019

Income-driven repayment (IDR) plans set monthly student loan payments based on income and family size, allowing borrowers to pay more when their income is higher. Yet, the current array of such plans available today - for which eligibility requirements, costs, and benefits vary - creates barriers to successfully navigating student loan repayment. The variety of available plans...


Four Predictions For Higher Education In 2019

January 18, 2019

Only two weeks into 2019, and already Capitol insiders are buzzing about new higher education laws, presidential hopefuls are heading to Iowa, and governors across the country are rolling out new ideas. To make sense of it all, I polished my Magic Eight Ball to hazard four predictions about the next 12 months.