Gov’t Grants & Intervention

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Federal Loan Interest Rate Doubles

Jul 01, 2013 by Ashley Thorne |

Time is up, and future student borrowers will feel the sting of government control of higher education finance as a 6.8 percent interest rate on Stafford loans goes into effect.

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Here’s Some of that Famous Waste, Fraud, and Abuse

Feb 27, 2013 by George Leef |

Taxpayers lose $1 billion or more a year to fraudulent use of Pell grants.

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Terence Kealey: America Needs a Truly Independent Research University

Dec 05, 2012 by George Leef |

Terence Kealey argues that the U.S. needs to have at least one truly independent research university - i.e., beholden neither to government nor to commercial interests for its research funding.

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Three Pell Grant Scams

Oct 02, 2012 by Richard Vedder |

Vedder explains how U.S. Department of Education funds can become misused resources.

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Galloping to Insolvency

Aug 17, 2012 by Peter Wood |

Peter Wood reviews a recent report that found that a third of American colleges and universities have unhealthy financial outlooks.

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Misdirected Rebukes: For-Profits Aren’t the Real Problem

Aug 06, 2012 by Ashley Thorne |

Pushing people into junk education is a problem; whether the junk is for-profit or not-for-profit is irrelevant.

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College Is a Drain

May 03, 2012 by Ashley Thorne |

This week brought a shower of pronouncements about how college is squandering American resources. 

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Give It the Old College Try

Apr 30, 2012 by Richard Vedder |

Richard Vedder criticizes low interest student loans, which he says will not be of much benefit to students and will serve to entice people to go to college unnecessarily.

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Better Citizens: Obama’s Higher-Education Agenda, Part 4A of 8

Mar 21, 2012 by Peter Wood |

In the fourth installment of his eight-part series, Peter Wood examines the president’s goal of using American higher education to inculcate progressive political values.

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The Worst of Both Worlds

Mar 21, 2012 by George Leef |

Federal student aid programs have given us the worst of both worlds -- rising costs and falling student learning.

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Regulatory Overreach

Mar 06, 2012 by Richard Vedder |

Richard Vedder says the approval by the House of Representatives of a bill ending credit-hour and “state authorization” legislation is an important step in reining in the Obama administration.

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Princeton and Urbana Universities: A Tale of Two Schools

Mar 05, 2012 by Richard Vedder |

Tax policies favor rich colleges, even though small, struggling liberal-arts colleges probably make far better use of incremental private donations, says Richard Vedder.

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Price Controls: Obama’s Higher Ed Agenda, Part 2 of 8

Mar 01, 2012 by Peter Wood |

In the second of an eight-part series, Peter Wood examines the president’s newly announced goal of capping tuition increases via federally imposed price controls.

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Why They Seem to Rise Together: Federal Aid and College Tuition

Feb 21, 2012 by George Leef, Hans Bader, Herbert London, Peter Wood, Richard Vedder |

Peter Wood, Richard Vedder, George Leef, Hans Bader, and Herbert London weigh in on the Center for College Affordability and Productivity's new study on whether colleges raise tuition when they receive federal aid.

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Bennett, Biden, and Boondoggles

Feb 20, 2012 by Richard Vedder |

The vice president appears to be the latest to agree that federal student-aid programs are contributing to rising college costs, writes Richard Vedder.

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