3 Ways the Education Dept. Stands Accused of Mismanaging Student Aid  

At a hearing, lawmakers, advocates, and investigators all criticized how the agency’s Office of Federal Student Aid serves students and taxpayers. Here’s a look at their arguments.


Agencies’ Finding Eases Path to Debt Relief for Some Corinthian College Students

The U.S. Education Department and the California attorney general’s office determined that the for-profit education provider had inflated job-placement rates for students in its California and online programs.


Obama Takes Steps to Assure Quality of Education Programs That Recruit Veterans

The administration is updating tools that help shield veterans and members of the armed services from unscrupulous colleges. It’s also calling on Congress to enact stronger protections.



The Higher Education Act Just Turned 50. Has It Done What It Was Supposed To?  

The law has helped democratize college in America, and its symbolic value is undeniable. But it hasn’t met Lyndon Johnson’s ambitious vision of college for all.



U.S. to Put New Requirements on Accreditors

The measures seek, in a limited way, to more closely link the agencies to the performance of institutions they accredit. Bigger changes will require cooperation from Congress.


Pell Grants Will Help High-School Students Pay for College Courses

An Education Department pilot program will award up to $20 million to 10,000 low-income students.


Vast Budget Deal, With Good News for Education, Passes the House

The legislation, which is expected to win approval from the Senate and the White House, would provide an additional $40 billion for nondefense spending, including on students and colleges.


U.S. Tightens Restrictions on ITT’s Access to Federal Student Aid

The Education Department imposed the new restrictions after finding that the company had failed to reconcile its student-aid accounts in a timely manner for several years.


What Duncan Wishes He’d Done Differently — and What’s Next for the Education Dept.

The secretary of education says the department should have cracked down sooner on "bad actors" among for-profit colleges.



Researcher Says Legislator Misinterprets Study of Mass Shootings  

Academic studies of gun violence may be ripe for misuse in the heated political debates that follow mass shootings.



How Guns on Campus Became a Live Issue in Wisconsin

The state was among the last to allow citizens to carry concealed weapons. But now it's one of many states having a robust debate about whether guns have a place in college buildings.


A Boon to Boot Camps? U.S. Extends Aid to Campus Deals With Nontraditional Programs

A pilot program will also let the Education Department try out alternatives to accreditation.



Colleges Are Accused of Withholding Public Records on the Role of Race in Admissions  

A brief filed in the closely watched Fisher v. Texas case says universities are becoming "steadily less transparent" when faced with open-records requests. Many institutions beg to differ.



5 Things Colleges Should Know About the New Secretary of Education

John B. King Jr., who will take over for Arne Duncan in December, isn’t well known in higher-ed circles. But his track record offers some clues about how he will lead the Education Department.



Tough on Colleges, Arne Duncan Bequeaths Record of Advocacy for Students

Assessments of the education secretary’s seven-year tenure credit him with changing the culture of the department to one of accountability and transparency.


Perkins Loan Program, a Federal Stalwart Since 1958, Meets Its Demise

The program extended aid to students with "exceptional financial need." Sen. Lamar Alexander blocked a bill that would have kept it alive.


In Falling Default Rates, an Incomplete Picture of Borrower Distress

The default rates on federal student loans fell at all types of colleges, but thousands of borrowers still struggle to repay their loans.


Will Congress Finally Pull the Plug on Perkins Loans?

The decades-old program is set to expire next week, but a bipartisan group is making a final push to save it.


‘How Much Will I Make After Graduating?’ College Scorecard Offers Only Clues

The revamped tool includes some new numbers on graduates’ earnings. But it has limits — as do state websites that collect wage data.



At a Christian University, a Socialist Candidate Takes the Pulpit

Sen. Bernie Sanders delivered a speech at Liberty University — a sign of how far the presidential hopeful and the institution have come in expanding their profiles.