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Education Aug 24How students with school debt but no degree get stuck in ‘purgatory’
In a vicious circle, debt and low-paying jobs make it tough to earn a way back to college. The numbers of students with school debt but no degree are large enough that the financial impact goes beyond individual struggles and…
Education Aug 23Growing number of Georgia students have debt but no college degree
More than 108,000 students who had taken out federal loans withdrew from Georgia’s public colleges and universities between 2013 and 2015.
Education Aug 22Georgia students drop out with high debt despite state surplus
More than half a billion dollars in surplus lottery funds, meant for Georgia’s college students, is sitting unused in the state’s coffers even as many drop out of school, unable to afford to continue.
Education Feb 02Experts don’t know how many students are prepared for college. Here’s why that matters
Experts say better data is needed to know if reforms are working.
Education Jan 31Why this community college is getting rid of remedial classes
Guttman Community College has an unusual approach to solving a ubiquitous problem.
Education Jan 30Most colleges enroll students who aren’t prepared for higher education
The vast majority of public two- and four-year colleges report enrolling students – more than half a million of them–who are not ready for college-level work, a Hechinger Report investigation of 44 states has found.
Education Aug 17Billions in Pell Grants go to students who never graduate
A Hechinger Report analysis of Pell grant graduation rate data from a cross section of colleges and universities suggests that billions of dollars in taxpayer-funded Pell grants nationwide go to students who never earn degrees.
Education May 26How a class in lobstering helped turn around this Maine high school
DEER ISLE, Maine — Fifteen-year-old Elliot Nevells spends his summers working on a lobster boat. The days are long and grueling, but he doesn’t mind. He comes from a family of fishermen and, like many teens in his island community…