About Mikhail @mzinshteyn
Mikhail Zinshteyn wrote for Ed Source and contributes regularly to The Hechinger Report and The Atlantic. His writing about education has also appeared in FiveThirtyEight, The National Journal, CityLab and other outlets.
Mikhail’s Recent Stories
Education May 10Students find ‘free college’ often doesn’t live up to the lofty promises
The complexity of what "free college" really means is leading to confusion about whether students qualify. In fact, the people who would benefit the most, such as those who attend part-time or older students, are often excluded.
Education Apr 12Could more federal loans help students afford college?
A growing chorus of experts is making the surprising argument that students need to be allowed to borrow more. With grants limited and college costs rising, loans can be a lifeline for students who have no other way to afford…
Education Feb 09Would this new idea help students manage the college affordability crisis?
A tuition cooperative is a new idea aimed at tempting colleges to give discounts: Students interested in the same field of study or training could band together, pool resources and commit to a school as a group, lowering costs.
Education Jan 24How can wealthy private colleges better serve low-income students?
Nearly half of the nation’s wealthy private colleges and universities enroll so few Pell Grant recipients that they would rank in the bottom 5 percent of colleges enrolling such students.
Education Sep 16The bureaucratic obstacles that can derail low-income college students
Despite a push for more college graduates, obstacles such as library fines can block completion, according to many independent coaches and advisors.
Education May 11Affordable options for college students are disappearing fast
As policymakers try to increase college-going, the cost has finally exceeded the grasp of low- and middle-income Americans.
Education Mar 11Americans with bachelor degrees lag behind other nations in labor skills
A new study finds that workers with bachelor’s degrees have job-related skills that others don’t. But Americans still lag behind workers in other nations on tests of these skills.