Danielle Douglas-Gabriel

ReporterWashington, D.C.

Schools are offering more practical courses to attract students worried about getting a job after graduation.

  • Apr 20, 2015

Low-income students are going to work so they can start making money to help their families.

  • Apr 16, 2015

Corinthian, which until recently ran Everest Institute, Wyotech and Heald College, is facing a $30 million fine and the imminent closure of some of it’s remaining campuses.

  • Apr 15, 2015

Despite an increase in state funding in the past year, public colleges and universities still rely on tuition dollars for more than half of their revenue.

  • Apr 13, 2015

Tax credits have been hailed by politicians as a responsible way to help families pay for college, but new research suggests they have no bearing on college attendance.

  • Apr 10, 2015

The real reason is more nuanced than what a recent New York Times piece suggests.

  • Apr 7, 2015

Small private schools have been slashing costs for all to reverse sliding enrollment.

  • Apr 4, 2015

You don’t have to accept the first package offered.

  • Apr 2, 2015

Its new product will have a lower interest rate — as low as 6.6 percent — than federal Parent Plus loans.

  • Apr 2, 2015

A guide to reading and comparing college award letters.

  • Apr 1, 2015

Acceptance letters are rolling in and thousands of families are wrestling with the decision of where they can afford to send their kids. But comparing the cost of one college to another can be difficult. There is a lot of variation in the financial aid award letters schools use to inform students of the grants, scholarships and loans available to them. We got ahold of a few letters and highlighted key terms that can help families understand exactly how much money they have to pay.

  • Apr 1, 2015

Striking for-profit college student have a real chance of getting the government to forgive their loans.

  • Apr 1, 2015

Colleges that are doing a poor job of managing their finances are on a federal watchlist that could ultimately make it difficult to access financial aid dollars.

  • Mar 31, 2015

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau will meet with a group of Corinthian Colleges students who refuse to repay their federal loans.

  • Mar 30, 2015

Every year costs go up, raising fears among students and parents. Often the net amount is far lower.

  • Mar 27, 2015

NYU now costs $71,000 a year to attend. One student is protesting.

  • Mar 27, 2015

The acclaimed French economist says the burden of student debt will be a drag on the labor force and ultimately hinder economic growth in the United States.

  • Mar 23, 2015

House Republicans want to freeze the maximum Pell Grant award for the next 10 years.

  • Mar 18, 2015

A handful of health clubs in the Washington area offer routines tailored to older adults.

  • Mar 17, 2015

Three collection agencies are suing the government for canceling their contract to collect overdue federal student loans.

  • Mar 16, 2015

The president’s plan would make student loan servicers operate more transparently.

  • Mar 10, 2015

The three biggest credit bureaus are changing the way the handle errors and list medical debt.

  • Mar 9, 2015

Tensions have risen over federal loan policies, community colleges and a new school rating system.

  • Mar 6, 2015

After years of public criticism over the aggressive practices of some of its debt collectors, the agency is canceling contracts.

  • Mar 2, 2015

Some schools offer incentives to take a full course load in order to keep debt down and graduation rates up.

  • Feb 28, 2015

Former Corinthian College students are refusing to repay their federal loans in protest of the school’s abusive practices, but the move could backfire and result in wage garnishment.

  • Feb 25, 2015

Use of so-called income-driven plans could cost $22 billion more than the government expected, raising concerns about the sustainability of a cornerstone of the Obama administration’s education policy.

  • Feb 6, 2015

ECMC has lofty ambitions of turning the for-profit campuses into premier nonprofit schools, creating the country’s largest nonprofit system of career education.

  • Feb 3, 2015

It used to be that students could attend a public university and incur little to no debt. But as states cut funding and tuition rises, parents and students scramble to cover the costs.

  • Jan 30, 2015

The truth is that everyone, except for the super wealthy, is having a hard time paying for college.

  • Jan 29, 2015

The administration retreated after a strong backlash to the proposal, which would have curtailed a major tax benefit of the popular college savings accounts.

  • Jan 27, 2015

We’re not about to say goodbye to CrossFit (sorry), but these may play a bigger role in your fitness routine.

  • Jan 27, 2015

Critics say eliminating the benefit would discourage families from putting money away.

  • Jan 23, 2015

For one, he wants to strip away tax benefits of 529 savings plans.

  • Jan 20, 2015

The government’s consumer watchdog is creating guidelines for universities to use in negotiating those contracts to prevent financial firms from peddling products with high fees and abusive terms to unsuspecting students.

  • Jan 14, 2015

The 103 questions on the FAFSA could determine how you pay for college tuition.

  • Jan 14, 2015

Post reporter Danielle Douglas-Gabriel welcomed financial planner Felicia GoPaul and the Department of Education’s Ian Foss to take your questions about repaying student loans.

  • Jan 13, 2015

Books, transportation and housing costs could easily run a student a few thousand dollars a semester. None of which is covered by Obama’s plan.

  • Jan 9, 2015

Researchers found that the money public colleges collect in tuition surpassed the money they receive from state funding in 2012.

  • Jan 5, 2015

Income-driven plans give borrowers flexibility to repay their loans, but few people sign up.

  • Dec 29, 2014

An interview with Ted Mitchell, the third-highest ranking official at the Education Department and the person charged with overseeing the country’s higher education policy.

  • Dec 23, 2014

On Friday, the Treasury Department said it sold its remaining stake in auto lender Ally Financial.

  • Dec 19, 2014

Think they push you hard? You should see what they do to themselves.

  • Dec 17, 2014

While colleges have moved away from credit card agreements, they have inked more deals to market debit and prepaid cards.

  • Dec 16, 2014

Democrats are calling on the Department of Education to forgive the debt of thousands of students who attended the failing for-profit giant Corinthian Colleges.

  • Dec 10, 2014

The measure, championed by Senate Democrats, would cut Pell Grants in order to free up money to pay companies that collect student loans on behalf of the Department of Education.

  • Dec 10, 2014

529 college savings plans are widely hailed as the best options to save for education.

  • Dec 8, 2014

Colleges have added too many unnecessary degree requirements and remedial courses that keep students in school for much longer than needed, according to a new report.

  • Dec 2, 2014

The ECMC Group agreed last week to take over half of Corinthian Colleges’ 107 campuses.

  • Nov 28, 2014

It was easier for states to explain away massive divestment in higher education when the economy was teetering on the bring of collapse, but as the economy and state budgets recover, albeit slowly, schools are less willing to accept that states can’t step up to keep costs down.

  • Nov 21, 2014

Six of the 10 states with the highest debt loads are located in the Northeast.

  • Nov 20, 2014

The government has called on colleges to do more to prepare students for the workforce. But that overshadows the point of an education.

  • Nov 20, 2014

Student-loan repayment terms are being relaxed by Wells Fargo, and similar changes are in the works at Discover Financial Services.

  • Nov 19, 2014

Student-loan repayment terms are being relaxed by Wells Fargo, and similar changes are in the works at Discover Financial Services.

  • Nov 19, 2014

After years of seeing the cost of college skyrocket, parents and students may finally be getting a break.

  • Nov 14, 2014

Your kid is ready for college but you aren’t. A guide to your financial aid options.

  • Nov 12, 2014

For-profit colleges will have to limit student debt in career-training programs or have federal funding cut.

  • Oct 30, 2014

Pilates and Zumba are no longer a no-man’s land.

  • Oct 29, 2014

The graduation party is long gone, which means it will soon be time to pay up on those student loans. Here are some tips on where to start.

  • Oct 15, 2014

The popular Democrat must decide whether Swiss banking giant Credit Suisse can continue to handle the retirement funds of millions of police officers, firefighters and teachers after pleading guilty to helping wealthy Americans evade taxes.

  • Oct 10, 2014
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Danielle Douglas-Gabriel covers the student debt for The Washington Post. Danielle joined the national economy desk in July 2012 from Capital Business, a Post publication where she served as the local retail, hospitality and banking reporter. Prior to Capital Business, Danielle was the managing editor of Real Estate Forum, a commercial real estate trade magazine. Her writing has appeared in EbonyJet.com, New York Sun and New York Amsterdam News. She is the recipient of fellowships from the Donald Reynolds Journalism Institute and Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
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