Colleges Are Relieved as Education Dept. Shelves Plan on Campus Aid Decisions

The government's say in how colleges distribute their financial aid was at issue in a recent debate over GEAR UP, a new grant program for students.

But the dispute over how the Education Department will carry out the federal program ended after department officials agreed to limit their influence over campus aid decisions.

GEAR UP, which is now in its first year, finances college mentors and academic programs to prepare hundreds of thousands of low-income middle-school and