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The share of low-income students who planned to file a FAFSA but had not yet done so was double that of higher-income students who said the same.
Employers remain confident in the value of higher education but continue to think new graduates lack the skills needed to succeed in the workplace, according to a survey of nearly 500 executives and hiring managers.
Higher ed professor and former college president Peter Smith shares ideas for improving students' lifelong access to education.
The American Council on Education, along with more than two dozen college leaders, are calling on institutions to improve their credit transfer policies so students receive recognition for their prior learning and don't lose progress toward a credential.
The U.S. Department of Education is giving colleges more flexibility to use federal relief money provided under the second major coronavirus rescue package, which Congress passed in December.
California lawmakers are considering two bills that aim to make it easier for students to obtain four-year degrees: one bill would allow community colleges to award bachelor's degrees in high-demand fields, so long as they don't duplicate those offered by California's public universities. Another would bolster an existing program that smooths transfers from two- to four-year colleges.
Two-year schools strived to keep students cooking, welding and undertaking other hands-on training even as the pandemic limited course options.
Applications to selective colleges helped drive an 11% year-over-year increase as of Feb. 15 in submissions to the roughly 900 colleges using the Common App, according to the latest data from the organization.
Institutions are seeing more of financial aid requests during the pandemic, and the Education Department is encouraging officials to address them.