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The federal Pell Grant program provides need-based grants to millions of college students every year—and costs the government over $30 billion annually.
The federal Pell Grant program provides need-based grants to millions of college students every year—and costs the government over $30 billion annually.
 
Student loan debt, now totaling roughly $1.3 trillion, is the second largest source of debt in the United States
Student loan debt, now totaling roughly $1.3 trillion, is the second largest source of debt in the United States
 
Since the federal government feeds students in K-12 schools via the National School Lunch Program, it should similarly feed college students who are "food insecure,"
Since the federal government feeds students in K-12 schools via the National School Lunch Program, it should similarly feed college students who are "food insecure,"
 
The crisis of student debt has made headlines this year as students start their careers with an ever-increasing amount of student loans they will have to repay
The crisis of student debt has made headlines this year as students start their careers with an ever-increasing amount of student loans they will have to repay
 
East Carolina University has been named the No. 1 "Best Bang for the Buck" among colleges and universities in the Southeast in a new report that ranks universities on outcomes and the degree of opportunity afforded students.
East Carolina University has been named the No. 1 "Best Bang for the Buck" among colleges and universities in the Southeast in a new report that ranks universities on outcomes and the degree of opportunity afforded students.
 
Beaufort County Community College will cease participation in the Federal Direct Student Loan Program effective July 1, 2015. As a result, BCCC will not originate any new student loans after that date.
Beaufort County Community College will cease participation in the Federal Direct Student Loan Program effective July 1, 2015. As a result, BCCC will not originate any new student loans after that date.
 
It's a pleasure to announce that Jenna A. Robinson, currently director of outreach for the John W. Pope Center for Higher Education Policy, is about to become our new president. I am retiring, and my last day will be Friday, Feb. 13. I am joining the board of the Pope Center as vice-chairman.
It's a pleasure to announce that Jenna A. Robinson, currently director of outreach for the John W. Pope Center for Higher Education Policy, is about to become our new president. I am retiring, and my last day will be Friday, Feb. 13. I am joining the board of the Pope Center as vice-chairman.
 
BarryO has decided he wants to give everybody a free ride through community college. Heck. His radical overhaul of healthcare has worked *so well.* Why not meddle here?
BarryO has decided he wants to give everybody a free ride through community college. Heck. His radical overhaul of healthcare has worked *so well.* Why not meddle here?
 
The federal proposal that the president is calling "America's College Promise" has inspired fanfare and controversy that go beyond President Obama's decision earlier this week not to interfere with so-called 529 savings plans.
The federal proposal that the president is calling "America's College Promise" has inspired fanfare and controversy that go beyond President Obama's decision earlier this week not to interfere with so-called 529 savings plans.
 
Should prisoners have access to higher education while incarcerated? If so, should that access be funded by taxpayers? Those questions were raised after New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced in February that he wanted to create a state-run college program for prison inmates.
Should prisoners have access to higher education while incarcerated? If so, should that access be funded by taxpayers? Those questions were raised after New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced in February that he wanted to create a state-run college program for prison inmates.
 
Going to college can be an expensive proposition. Tuition has been rising steadily in North Carolina and in other states. Many students receive aid in the form of a federal Pell Grant, but the Pell Grant Program faces problems and needs serious reform. Dr. Jenna Ashley Robinson, director of...
Going to college can be an expensive proposition. Tuition has been rising steadily in North Carolina and in other states. Many students receive aid in the form of a federal Pell Grant, but the Pell Grant Program faces problems and needs serious reform. Dr. Jenna Ashley Robinson, director of...
 
Last August, the Obama administration floated the idea of a federal college rating system. The basic idea is to reward colleges that score well in the metrics of the system by allowing students who enroll in them to receive larger Pell grants. Conversely, colleges that scored poorly would only be...
Last August, the Obama administration floated the idea of a federal college rating system. The basic idea is to reward colleges that score well in the metrics of the system by allowing students who enroll in them to receive larger Pell grants. Conversely, colleges that scored poorly would only be...
 
The Pope Center celebrated its tenth anniversary in 2013. Our organization was initially part of the John Locke Foundation, but became independent in 2003. One of our activities is researching problems in higher education and issuing findings and recommendations in major reports...
The Pope Center celebrated its tenth anniversary in 2013. Our organization was initially part of the John Locke Foundation, but became independent in 2003. One of our activities is researching problems in higher education and issuing findings and recommendations in major reports...
 
In the six years I've been at the Pope Center, I've seen a number of new higher education reform organizations emerge. I view the growing numbers of allies as a sign that higher education reform is an idea whose time has come.
In the six years I've been at the Pope Center, I've seen a number of new higher education reform organizations emerge. I view the growing numbers of allies as a sign that higher education reform is an idea whose time has come.
 
The student loan crisis has been all over the headlines lately - $1 trillion in loans with a default rate that's high and getting higher. But direct grants, or scholarships, by the federal and state governments have just as big an effect on the world of higher education and on the nation.
The student loan crisis has been all over the headlines lately - $1 trillion in loans with a default rate that's high and getting higher. But direct grants, or scholarships, by the federal and state governments have just as big an effect on the world of higher education and on the nation.
 
Not long ago at a North Carolina community college, there always seemed to be fewer cars in the parking lot the week after Pell grant checks were sent out. And one instructor noticed that some students weren't taking the final in her class. Why? They hadn't studied and knew they were going to...
Not long ago at a North Carolina community college, there always seemed to be fewer cars in the parking lot the week after Pell grant checks were sent out. And one instructor noticed that some students weren't taking the final in her class. Why? They hadn't studied and knew they were going to...
 
If anyone in your family has gone to college in recent years, you are probably aware of the Federal Pell Grant Program. A recent report from the John W. Pope Center for Higher Education Policy analyzes the program to determine where the money goes and whether it's being used effectively.
If anyone in your family has gone to college in recent years, you are probably aware of the Federal Pell Grant Program. A recent report from the John W. Pope Center for Higher Education Policy analyzes the program to determine where the money goes and whether it's being used effectively.
 
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