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Want A Merit-Based Scholarship? Go To A Private College

Private four-year colleges are giving more merit-based financial aid to more students than public universities, and numbers from the federal government suggest the gap between the two has grown significantly in the last 15 years. A report from the National Center for Education Statistics says 44 percent of all students received aid based on their […]

The New Achievement Gap? The Link Between Education & Unemployment

New numbers from a recent Gallup poll underscore the point once more: education pays, and generally, education employs. “In the U.S., the highly educated are most likely to be working full time for an employer,” the pollsters write, “highlighting the benefits of a good education during these difficult economic times.” High school graduates are twice […]

Mailbag: 'Food Fight!' Edition

We’re cleaning up from a food fight over the weekend in our comments section over college dorms and dining halls, and we’re featuring some of the best comments from the weekend in this week’s Mailbag. An Indiana University trustee’s concern that a $22 million dining hall might be part of an “amenities race” that’s ultimately […]

In College Dorms And Dining, How Nice Is Too Nice?

Student pours organic dressing on a salad at UC Berkeley dining commons.

Nearly half of U.S. students factor in their on-campus dining options into their choice of where to go to college, which has turned college food services a $4.6 billion dollar industry. It’s also made some Indiana University trustees wonder whether it’s economically feasible for the school to take part in an “amenities race” to build the nicest […]

Why College Might Be A Smarter Investment Than Stocks

College may cost more today than just a few years ago, but a new study finds it’s still a smarter investment than stocks or real estate. Why? People who earn college degrees get their money back over time — much more than any other financial investment. In the big picture, the left-leaning Brookings Institution also […]

Indiana Student Debt Burden Grew Sharply In Recent Years

For Indiana students, getting a college degree requires taking on the kind of debt that could pay for a new car. In 2006, that car could’ve been a Toyota. By 2009, that car could’ve been a BMW. Undergrads at Indiana colleges or universities took on an average of $30,000 in debt for each degree they earned […]

What The Debt Ceiling Deal Means For Education

Circle and star a new date on your calendars, political wonks: November 23, 2011. If lawmakers can’t agree on new cuts to discretionary spending by then, as they say they will under Sunday’s debt ceiling deal, then $500 billion in deep, across-the-board cuts kick in automatically — and education would be one of the specific […]

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