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What you need to know about the new push to help struggling graduates.

  • Puneet Kollipara
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  • Wonkbook
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  • Jun 9, 2014
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A report released Tuesday is sure to add to the alarm about how the student loan burden could hurt housing recovery.

Increase federal funding. Make it accountable. And make sure we actually know what we're doing.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Sep 6, 2013
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The evidence on online courses is quite promising. But there's a lot that needs to be worked out before they replace traditional colleges.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Sep 5, 2013
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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.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Sep 4, 2013
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According to former education secretary Bill Bennett's theory, schools just respond to federal aid by jacking up tuition. It's not that simple.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Sep 3, 2013
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According to the "Bowen Hypothesis," the structure of the modern college and university lends itself to never-ending growth.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Sep 2, 2013
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The Baumol cost disease is many economists' favored explanation for why college is getting more expensive. But it doesn't hold up under scrutiny.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Aug 30, 2013
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For most public schools, the whole story is that states have pulled support. For research universities, however, there's more going on.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Aug 29, 2013
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There's no one story for what's going on with rising tuition. There are three, each with their own nuances.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Aug 28, 2013
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The chorus of college skeptics just keeps growing louder. Too bad they're all wrong.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Aug 27, 2013
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The first in a ten part series of articles examining how college grew to cost so much money.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Aug 26, 2013
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The administration is unveiling a new plan to control college costs. Here's what we know.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Aug 22, 2013
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Georgetown's offering free law school for students who go into public interest law. And it's sticking the federal government with the bill.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Aug 9, 2013
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Our not-so-long national not-really-a-nightmare is finally over. Here's what the Senate student loans deal would do.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Jul 18, 2013
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But what it is doing is pretty interesting. Here's what you need to know.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Jul 10, 2013
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The interest rate for subsidized Stafford loans doubled on Monday, from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent. Here's our primer on the topic.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Jul 1, 2013
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Student loan interest rates for the subsidized Stafford program are set to double on July 1. Here's what that means, and how Congress could prevent it.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Jun 13, 2013
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Why an arcane debate about how much loans cost the government actually really, really matters.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • May 22, 2013
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Under the CBO's logic, if the government bought up tons of Greek bonds, it'd book a profit on the purchase. Something's wrong with that.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • May 20, 2013
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