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U.S. student loan refinancing bill fails Senate hurdle | Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Legislation to allow student loan borrowers to refinance at lower interest rates failed to clear a procedural hurdle in the U.S. Senate on Wednesday, dooming a measure that was a Democratic priority ahead of November congressional elections.<p>U.S. President Barack Obama speaks …

Help for student loan debtors

The president will issue an executive order Monday in the name of easing student borrowers’ debt loads by capping repayments at 10 percent of their monthly income, the White House confirmed to POLITICO.<p>President Barack Obama said in his weekly address Saturday that he would take action on student …

SAT scores steady; many not ready for college, officials say

The average SAT scores for the high school class of 2013 remained stagnant from the previous year and fewer than half of the students who graduated were prepared for the rigors of college, officials said.<p>Average SAT scores for high school seniors nationwide stayed steady in reading, math and …

Simple advice for college students from a parent

Originally posted on the Dean College Blog<p>Sometimes we over-complicate things. It’s kind of human nature, right? Every now and then a simple, terse …

30 colleges receive mental health 'seal of approval'

The Jed Foundation, a national non-profit organization that advocates suicide prevention among college students, has named the first 30 colleges to receive a 'seal of approval' for their respective mental health resources on campus.<p>Students beginning their college search are bombarded with a …

The Typical College Student Is Not A 'Typical' College Student (And Other Fun College Demographics Data)

When most people in business, the media, or politics talk about “college,” they are referring to tree-lined idylls filled with prestigious libraries and terrible dining hall food. They are talking about the four-year schools, usually private nonprofit ones like Harvard, Princeton, or Stanford in …

Poll: 39 Percent of American Adults See College as an 'Economic Burden'

But the majority of parents still expect their kids to go.<p>Average yearly tuition at a four-year college has risen to over $21,000, student loan debt is at an all-time high, and the unemployment rate for recent college graduates is 7.9 percent. Perhaps it’s no surprise that Americans are questioning …

For-profit colleges under scrutiny

As the Education Department gathers a panel to rewrite controversial for-profit college regulations, the motto might as well be “the more things change, the more they stay the same.”<p>The quest to regulate those colleges defined most of President Barack Obama’s first term and continues into his …

US student loan bill signed into law in rare show of bipartisan compromise

President Barack Obama signed into law Friday a measure restoring lower interest rates for student loans, pledging the hard-fought compromise would be just the first step in a broader, concerted fight to rein in the costs of a college education.<p>Encircled by lawmakers from both parties in the oval …

Bill Gates on the future of education, programming and just about everything else

Advertisement<p>11 Comments<p>Microsoft (s msft) co-founder Bill Gates has thoughts on a lot of things, from the demise of lecture halls to the awesomeness …

Alarming Research Shows the Sorry State of US Higher Ed

It’s dismaying how easy it is to screw up college.<p>I don’t know exactly when, why, or how it happened, but important things are breaking down in the US higher education system. Whether or not this system is in danger of collapsing it feels like it’s losing its way, and failing in its mission of …

Education: bring down the barriers to our best universities

More of Britain's poorest young people are going to university – but few of them are being admitted to the elite institutions<p>On Thursday, thousands of 18-year-olds will be opening an envelope containing A-level results that for many will be their passport to university. Yet new figures on access to …

A century-long debate: are 'intelligent' people less likely to hold religious beliefs?

Over most of the past century, researchers have been trying to determine whether there's any link between religion and intelligence. The studies haven't all come to the same conclusion, but a group of researchers led from the University of Rochester decided to look at a large number of them …

Half of student loan debt not repaid

About half of the outstanding $1 trillion in federal student loan debt in the U.S. isn’t being repaid. And 1 out of 8 borrowers are defaulting on their loans despite unprecedented federal attempts to help.<p>An analysis released Monday by the CFPB shows borrowers are struggling to repay their loans …

Why do we make mistakes? Blame your brain, the original autocorrector

Does Siri make us lazy? Does Facebook make us lonely? Does Twitter make us stupid? Will Google Glass make twitching, distracted Glassholes of us all? If you've read a magazine, listened to a radio show, browsed (or clicked on) the non-fiction section of a bookstore (or Amazon) or been a sentient …

Instagrad tackles student loan debt with crowdfunding platform for college (exclusive)

Student loan debt has surpassed $1 trillion and yet the cost of college tuition continues to rise.<p>Instagrad launched its attempt to solve this problem today. The startup has built a crowdfunding platform to help parents pay for their kids’ college education. Parents create campaigns on Instagrad …