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How Student Loan Defaults End Up Hurting Taxpayers

Students on Indiana University's Bloomington campus.

It takes years for the federal government to recoup its losses from a student loan default — and “time is money,” one expert writes. It’s a fact that’s prompting some college officials to rethink financial aid.

Why The College Tuition Fight At The Indiana Statehouse Isn't Over Yet

Indiana University officials had high hopes for their cuts to summer semester tuition: $11 million in aggregate savings for students, they hoped, and maybe they’d manage to quiet calls in the legislature for stricter state control over rising college costs too. Yet, lo and behold, a bill has surfaced in the Indiana General Assembly calling [...]

Why Ball State Worries About Getting Left Behind

Shafer Tower on the Ball State University campus.

Ever wonder why Ball State University announced financial bonuses for students who graduate in four years, why Indiana University slashed summer tuition, and why Indiana State rolled back a planned tuition hike, all in the last two months alone? Here’s one reason: The state’s universities have fallen in line following tweaks to the higher education budget and political pressure from Indianapolis, all pushing [...]

The Seven New Benchmarks For Funding Indiana Colleges

While a portion of Indiana’s state funding for public colleges and universities is already tied to the schools’ performance, a state panel unanimously recommended Friday that portion of funding get bigger in the next budget cycle. As expected, the Commission for Higher Education also tweaked the metrics the state will use to measure performance. (Read all [...]

Indiana To Base Larger Portion Of College Funding On Performance

The pool of state money available to Indiana colleges who show the highest performance on state-assigned metrics is set to get bigger. Commissioner for Higher Education Teresa Lubbers says a state panel will consider expanding the amount of money distributed to public colleges and universities under Indiana’s performance funding formula. The formula has, in part, [...]

Failure To Launch? Community College Students Can't Meet Higher Goals

For-profit colleges may be taking their lumps these days, but federal data released last week suggest community colleges have a problem of their own: Students aren’t meeting their own goals for earning degrees. Compared to the early 90′s, more community college students entered school this century aspiring to degrees higher than a bachelors’, the data show. [...]

Will Students Take Advantage Of IU's Summer Tuition Cuts?

Sophomore Ricky Rojas (right, with pool cue) lines up a shot during a pool game with friends at IUPUI's Student Center. He says he's not sure if he would take advantage of summer courses where the tuition is cheaper.

Politically, the benefits of cutting summer tuition for Indiana University administrators are clear: the move quiets criticism from state lawmakers over rising costs of attendance. Financially, though, the benefits of a 25 percent cut to summer school tuition for in-state undergraduates are harder to calculate. If university officials’ projection of a 10 percent bump in [...]

As Indiana Tuition Increases, So Does Student Debt

In case you missed this tidbit on Friday’s Noon Edition on WFIU: For the first time, student debt due to higher education costs is higher than credit card debt at $829 billion, and this year’s graduating class is the most indebted class ever, according to Indiana Commissioner for Higher Education Teresa Lubbers. “This is not [...]

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