A new bipartisan Senate bill is being hailed as the best fix for our nation’s broken student-loan repayment system. Among the proposed changes, loan payments would be taken directly from paychecks and would not exceed a certain percentage of the borrower’s income. 

As America’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) educate an increasingly more diverse student body, some question whether these institutions should continue to receive special federal funding. While only 1 in 4 students at HBCUs are not black, certain individual cases such as an 82 percent white student population at a West Virginia HBCU have roused debates about the HBCU designation.

Each year, thousands of American students miss out on financial aid money because they never complete the FAFSA. To help fix this issue, researchers have presented findings on an effective way to get students to complete this application: texting! Studies conducted at the University of Virginia show that students who received text message reminders were significantly more likely to complete the application than those who did not. 

Compared to students in many other countries, American students demonstrate an average understanding of important financial literacy concepts. Experts worry that this lack of financial awareness will produce disastrous results for students as they get older, and need to think about saving for retirement.

In the fall of 2014, white students will no longer be the majority in the nation’s public school system. Combined, there will be more Latino, black, Asian, and Native American public school students than white students for the first time in the nation’s history. 

Colleges have long faced scrutiny for seemingly lenient processes when dealing with rape cases on campus, and now the government is stepping in to protect the welfare of the nation’s students. The Obama administration released the names of the 65 colleges currently under investigation for their handling of sexual-assault cases. 

For Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, there is no debate when it comes to affirmative action. The Court’s most media-friendly judge spoke to ABC News about why she is unrelenting in her support of this polarizing institution. 

A national education advocacy group is going after America’s college-dropout factories, calling for the government to cut federal funding to schools that do not meet minimum performance standards.

Companies normally love when their social media forays go viral, but Delta Airlines would have preferred for its celebratory tweet after Monday’s USA-Ghana World Cup game to remain low key. The airline juxtaposed two images that symbolized the competing nations - the Statue of Liberty for the USA and a giraffe for Ghana. The use of a stereotypical image to represent the African nation offended many who pointed out that there are actually no giraffes in Ghana.   

The Washington Redskins trademark was cancelled by the US Patent and Trademark office this week. Declaring the name “disparaging to Native Americans,” the board ruled 2-1 in favor of cancelling the trademark. The ruling did not deter the Redskins owner who vowed to the appeal the decision, and keep the controversial name.

In a ruling that sent shock waves across the country, a California judge deemed the state’s teacher tenure unconstitutional. The ruling came as a result of a lawsuit filed by in 2012 by a nonprofit group, Students Matter, on behalf of nine students. Plaintiffs argued that the current tenure laws occluded poor and minority students from receiving a quality education.

Despite the prevalent notion of social mobility in American society, researchers have found that children’s life trajectories are largely determined by their parents’ socioeconomic status. The 30-year longitudinal study of 800 Baltimore school children showed that overwhelmingly poor students became poor adults, and more well-off students also eventually ended up in the same income bracket as their parents.

For an increasing number of Washington D.C. students, the school dismissal bell signals the start of a journey to the local homeless shelter. Homelessness among D.C. students has jumped by 60% since 2010, and administrators are worried given that extensive scientific literature detail how homelessness can negatively affect student outcomes.

In a historic first, two Native American athletes were honored with collegiate lacrosse’s highest honor last week. The preppy sport originated from Native American traditions, making the athletes’ win even more special.

This week, the world lost a Phenomenal Woman. Though she never attended college, Maya Angelou seamlessly weaved words into poems and stories that captured the world’s attention. Watch Dr. Angelou share a fitting life lesson about the liberating power of love.

Student-loan horror stories coupled with the seemingly depressing state of today’s job market have led many to many to question the value of a college degree. The New York Times does the calculations to determine whether a college degree is worth the costs.

Sixty years after the landmark Brown vs. Board of Education ruling ended segregation in schools, data shows that segregation unfortunately is still alive and well in the American education system. Slate magazine explains why this issue persists so many years later.

Kansas professors can no longer tweet as freely as birds. On Wednesday, the Kansas Board of Regents approved a final copy of the social media guidelines to which employees must adhere. The new rules, which apply to faculty and staff of the state’s universities and colleges, are being slammed as vague and unconstitutional.

Students at a Brazilian school are perfecting their English language skills with the help on an unlikely source: American grandparents. The successful language learning pilot program connects Brazilian students who are learning English with American elderly citizens for online chatting sessions.

For many, the road to the American Dream is paved with thousands of dollars of unforgiveable student loan debt. Renowned financial expert Suze Orman believes American banks engage in questionable student loan practices, which inherently undermine the value of a college education.


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