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Naughty and Nice

December 20, 2007

Santa has some tough decisions to make this Christmas. We've decided to help him out with our own list of who's been naughty and who's been nice this year in higher education.

Let us know who, if anyone, you think should be added to the list by posting a comment below. Happy Holidays to all! We look forward to adding many more names to the "nice" list in 2008.

When Redshirting Goes Wrong: Boston College Fans Take Note

December 19, 2007

The professionalization of college athletics is a thorny issue, one that we addressed in a recent blog post on Boston Colleges current football team. We pointed out that many of the elite players on BCs football team this year, such as star quarterback Matt Ryan, are no longer really students because they have already graduated and are spending minimal time in the classroom.

Pell Grants Cut

December 18, 2007

In October and again in November, we warned that Congress might try to cut the Pell Grant program for low-income college students. We argued that after passing a new law in September that rightly whacked excess student loan bank subsidies to increase Pell Grant funding, Congress might later follow up in another bill and cut or shift base Pell Grant funding in order to finance other priorities. Unfortunately, we were right.

Roundup: Week of December 10 - December 14

December 14, 2007

Boehner Paid $110k in Legal Fees as Part of Insider Trading Investigation

Mailbag: Private Loans

December 13, 2007

In recent years, undergraduates have become increasingly reliant on expensive private student loans, which unlike federal loans, have uncapped interest rates that vary month to month based on market conditions.

Handcuffing States

December 12, 2007

Yesterday, we wrote that officials in Iowa are investigating whether aggressive marketing practices by the largest student loan provider in the state, and the cozy relationships it has developed with area colleges, have pushed students to take on unnecessarily high levels of expensive private student-loan debt.

Buried in Debt

December 11, 2007

Over the last year, as we have investigated and reported on the "pay for play" student loan scandals, we have heard from some skeptical loan industry and college officials who question whether any students have actually been hurt by the unethical practices that have been revealed.

Roundup: Week of December 3 - December 7

December 7, 2007

Dodd Bill Proposes to Make Private Loans Dischargeable in Bankruptcy

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