The typical college student goes to a public two-year institution, many are married and older than 23, and other surprising facts about higher ed.
Anya Kamenetz thinks she can make all four years of college cost only $10,000. Here's how she'd do it.
Increase federal funding. Make it accountable. And make sure we actually know what we're doing.
The evidence on online courses is quite promising. But there's a lot that needs to be worked out before they replace traditional colleges.
Colleges need to enroll a lot of rich kids to pay for poor kids' financial aid. And what they do to attract those rich kids makes everything more expensive.
According to former education secretary Bill Bennett's theory, schools just respond to federal aid by jacking up tuition. It's not that simple.
According to the "Bowen Hypothesis," the structure of the modern college and university lends itself to never-ending growth.
The Baumol cost disease is many economists' favored explanation for why college is getting more expensive. But it doesn't hold up under scrutiny.
For most public schools, the whole story is that states have pulled support. For research universities, however, there's more going on.
There's no one story for what's going on with rising tuition. There are three, each with their own nuances.
The chorus of college skeptics just keeps growing louder. Too bad they're all wrong.
The first in a ten part series of articles examining how college grew to cost so much money.
The administration is unveiling a new plan to control college costs. Here's what we know.
Private schools are boosting financial aid, all right. But the lower classes aren't seeing much of the benefit.
Yes, public colleges and universities are charging more than ever. But the increases are concentrated on the most affluent students.
Georgetown's offering free law school for students who go into public interest law. And it's sticking the federal government with the bill.
But what it is doing is pretty interesting. Here's what you need to know.
A new study claiming to show college isn't for everyone all the same shows college is for most people.
Giving aid to the best students encourages them to take worse college offers.
College is not turning into a worse deal. If anything, the bang-for-your-tuition-buck is increasing.