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VIDEO: Why Student Loan Debt Isn’t Just a Problem for Millennials

America’s student loan debt is now over $1.2 trillion. But it’s not just hurting millennials. One-third of that debt belongs to people in their 40s.

Posted on Oct 7, 2015 READ MORE

Colleges With Plenty of Cash Saddle Their Poorest Students With Heaps of Debt

A ProPublica analysis of newly available federal data shows that some of the nation’s wealthiest colleges are leaving their poorest students with plenty of debt.

Posted on Sep 13, 2015 READ MORE

Asians Are Nearly Twice as Likely to Be Charged More by Princeton Review for Test Preparation

Every year, thousands of high school students get ready for the SAT by using The Princeton Review’s test preparation services.

Posted on Sep 2, 2015 READ MORE

It’s Time to Free Students From Debt

Touted as a necessity but priced like a luxury, many degree programs are mediocre or worse—predatory loan scams that hustle aspiring students into deep debt and poverty.

Posted on Aug 20, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: Why Students From Low-Income Families Are More Likely to Drop Out of College

Even when financial aid covers the cost of higher education, many students from poor backgrounds leave college without finishing their four-year degree for a reason some may not expect.

Posted on Aug 19, 2015 READ MORE

Hillary Clinton to Offer Plan for Loan-Free Tuition at Public Colleges

With Americans owing a staggering $1.2 trillion in student loan debt, and about 8 million in default, her proposal reflects a Democratic push to reverse years of state cuts to higher ed. Creating a program of federal grants to the states to lower tuition is the centerpiece.

Posted on Aug 10, 2015 READ MORE

Higher Education at Almost No Cost Is Possible in the U.S., and It May Soon Be a Reality in 2 States

Can you guess which states are now offering community college to their residents at virtually no cost?

Posted on Jul 14, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: John Waters Has Some Wonderfully Witty Advice for the Class of 2015

“Go out in the world and f–k it up beautifully” is auteur John Waters’ advice to this year’s graduates of the Rhode Island School of Design.

Posted on Jun 8, 2015 READ MORE

Twilight of the Professors

Historians argue that the post-WWII expansion of higher education turned a generation of would-be intellectual troublemakers into professors. Today, powerful conservatizing trends threaten to make professors as a leftist force in U.S. society extinct within a few decades.

Posted on Jun 6, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: How to Reinvent Education to Save the Economy

Sen. Bernie Sanders is making waves with a big idea to reinvent education: making public colleges and universities tuition-free. I couldn’t agree more.

Posted on May 23, 2015 READ MORE

What’s the Point of a Professor?

When he was a student in the early 1980s, Emory University English professor Mark Bauerlein and his peers spoke with their professors regularly and at length, knowing “that these moments were the heart of liberal education.” Today, polls show, one-third of students never do so.

Posted on May 10, 2015 READ MORE

Why U.S. Public Higher Education No Longer Actually Exists

Cuts to American education, combined with other factors, have made it no longer accurate to call higher education public; a court has ruled that the data on your cellphone is actually the property of your carrier; meanwhile, Chelsea Manning makes a case for “increasing freedom of information and transparency” in the U.S. These items and more inside.

Posted on May 7, 2015 READ MORE

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Stanford’s Making Tuition, Room and Board Virtually Free for Students From Low-Income Families

Stanford University has just taken a huge step toward helping students whose parents make less than $125,000 a year get a college education without accruing inordinate amounts of debt.

Posted on Apr 2, 2015 READ MORE

Here’s Why It’s Time to Give Up the Idea That Everyone Must Go to College

The biggest absurdity is that a college degree has become the only gateway into the American middle class when not every young person is suited to four years of college. This has to stop.

Posted on Mar 23, 2015 READ MORE

It’s Time to Abolish Fraternities

The recent video showing members of a Sigma Alpha Epsilon chapter singing a racist song has turned a new spotlight on collegiate Greek culture and its origins. The truth is ugly.

Posted on Mar 12, 2015 READ MORE

Study: A Third of College Males Admit They’d Rape a Woman If They Could Get Away With It

A recent study reveals a harrowing figure related to sexual assault on college campuses.

Posted on Jan 18, 2015 READ MORE

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The Community College Cause

Permit me to declare my bias: I came to revere community colleges for very personal reasons and learned to admire them because they are central to restoring social and economic mobility in our nation.

Posted on Jan 12, 2015 READ MORE

Is College Worth the Cost?

This is the time of year when high school seniors apply to college, and when I get lots of mail about whether college is worth the cost. The answer is unequivocally yes, but with one big qualification.

Posted on Nov 25, 2014 READ MORE

Education With a Debt Sentence

Imagine corporations that intentionally target low-income single mothers as ideal customers. Imagine that these same companies claim to sell tickets to the American dream—gainful employment, the chance for a middle class life.

Posted on Sep 21, 2014 READ MORE

John Oliver on Student Debt: Our Leaders Have Decided Education Is Not Important Enough to Pay For

In an inspired back-to-school rant, John Oliver encourages college freshmen to enjoy every last second of what will undoubtedly be the best years of their lives since every year that comes after will be marked with crushing, inescapable debt.

Posted on Sep 8, 2014 READ MORE

Why College Shouldn’t Be the Only Gateway to the Middle Class

This week, millions of young people head to college and universities, aiming for a four-year liberal arts degree.

Posted on Sep 2, 2014 READ MORE

The Hypocrisy of Criminalizing Unsupervised Kids Playing at a Park

A majority of Americans think children under the age of 10 shouldn’t be left without a guardian at parks; the Brits are developing the first transgender sitcom; meanwhile, college is probably not “doomed,” despite speculation to the contrary. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Aug 24, 2014 READ MORE

Campus Sexual Assault: What Are Colleges Doing Wrong?

We’ve rounded up cases and coverage that show the persistence of sexual violence at colleges.

Posted on Jul 30, 2014 READ MORE


Unpaid Interns Can Collect Back Pay Without Hurting Their Careers

After a year scrutinizing the intern economy, ProPublica’s internship investigation is coming to an end. But before signing off, we wanted to do our own end-of-semester review.

Posted on Jul 23, 2014 READ MORE

‘The Daily Show’: Women Just Spend Their Whole Day Navigating a Course of Sexual Menace

Jon Stewart, accompanied by correspondents Jessica Williams and Jordan Klepper, explains how American universities are practically “incentiviz[ing] sexual assault” these days with inaction and leniency toward attackers.

Posted on Jun 26, 2014 READ MORE

Student Loan Debt

Posted on Jun 18, 2014 READ MORE

Student Debt: Blame Lawmakers, Tax-Shirking Rich, War on Drugs, Not Universities

Why is tuition so high in state universities that The New York Times is wondering whether families will go on being able to afford it?

Posted on Jun 10, 2014 READ MORE

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Elizabeth Warren’s ‘Bank on Students’ Emergency Loan Refinancing Act to Get Obama’s Endorsement

After some initial resistance, President Obama is expected to announce his support Monday for an overhaul of the federal student loan program proposed by Sen. Elizabeth Warren.

Posted on Jun 9, 2014 READ MORE

‘Brief Histories of Inequality’: Student Debt Edition

Salon columnist Thomas Frank takes us from the start of the university “tuition spiral” in the early ’80s, past the refusal to note the role of ballooning administrative costs, and through the emergence of the view that as an investment in future earnings, individuals should shoulder whatever price for education the market sets.

Posted on Jun 8, 2014 READ MORE

Saddled with Debt

Posted on Jun 1, 2014 READ MORE

‘Borrowing to Attend an American College May Be Hazardous to Your Dreams’

What if the real reason college has become increasingly inaccessible is that the institution itself is a “scam meant to perpetuate the 1 percent?”

Posted on May 27, 2014 READ MORE

Student Debt

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Football Rape

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As Parents Struggle to Repay College Loans for Their Children, Taxpayers Also Stand to Lose

New Department of Education data show rising default rates on federal loans to parents.

Posted on Apr 8, 2014 READ MORE


Ruling: Student Athletes Are Employees, Can Join Union

Northwestern University football players have asked for the right to join a union, and Wednesday the Chicago region of the National Labor Relations Board decided they could.

Posted on Mar 26, 2014 READ MORE

Why Hillary Clinton Should Fear Bernie Sanders

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: If the socialist senator runs, he might find an electorate hungry for radical change. Also: Starving students, the Supreme Court’s campaign hypocrisy, and Google owes you $500.

Posted on Mar 20, 2014 READ MORE

Why Hillary Clinton Should Fear Bernie Sanders

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: If the socialist senator runs, he might find an electorate hungry for radical change. Also: Starving students, the Supreme Court’s campaign hypocrisy, and Google owes you $500.

Posted on Mar 20, 2014 READ MORE

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How the ‘Starving Student’ Cliche Became a Harrowing Reality

College students aren’t just scrimping and scrounging—they’re actually going hungry.

Posted on Mar 18, 2014 READ MORE

Israel’s War on American Universities

Israel and its supporters are overseeing a nationwide crusade to silence and ban student groups challenging that nation’s official narrative about the Palestinians.

Posted on Mar 16, 2014 READ MORE

Levi’s Labor’s Loss

The assimilation of workers into the mindset of corporate financiers through service sector work constitutes a kind of anti-education for young university students.

Posted on Mar 14, 2014 READ MORE

Fukushima: Keeping Children Indoors for Three Years Now

Japanese government officials discourage kids from playing outdoors near Fukushima more than a few minutes a day; colleges have trademarked some ridiculous phrases; meanwhile, sleep troubles could have to do with low brain volume. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Mar 12, 2014 READ MORE

‘The Dick Joke Is Not Always Your Friend’

The recently deceased Harold Ramis’ beloved anti-authoritarian comedies of the late ’70s and the ’80s (including “Animal House” starring John Belushi, pictured) were pop trojan horses of then-emerging right-wing cultural values, former Harper’s Magazine columnist Thomas Frank writes at Salon.

Posted on Mar 6, 2014 READ MORE

MOOCs and Other Wonders: Education and High-Tech Utopia

Deep within our cultural history is a faith in the power of technology to cure social problems.

Posted on Mar 5, 2014 READ MORE

The Miscalculations of Vladimir Putin

The Kremlin imagined a very different narrative about Russia playing out this winter; Pierre Omidyar and Glenn Greenwald aim to reinvent journalism; meanwhile, Americans no longer want their taxes to go to paying for public higher education. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Mar 4, 2014 READ MORE

College Loans

Posted on Mar 1, 2014 READ MORE

Are Students Dropping Out of College to Become Entrepreneurs?

Universities are working hard to keep their students in the classroom rather than out starting their own business; private prisons receive tons of taxpayer dollars but can operate under secrecy; meanwhile, anti-terrorist agencies try to entrap activists to demonstrate that the policing organizations are needed. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Feb 27, 2014 READ MORE

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How Exactly Do Colleges Allocate Their Financial Aid? They Won’t Say

Universities rarely release the specific criteria behind their aid decisions. Could a little-known regulation help open the black box?

Posted on Feb 25, 2014 READ MORE

Gov. Rick Scott’s Administration Gets Between Florida College Students and Voting

Secretary of State Ken Detzner blocked an effort to ease the congestion of voters at polling places by using the University of Florida’s student union facility.

Posted on Feb 9, 2014 READ MORE

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