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For private colleges, this year has been among the toughest on record for admissions. For those not nationally known (we leave out the Ivies, Stanford University, and similar institutions), admissions are always a challenge. In most states, public universities dominate press attention. For many, they define higher education, with their large size, high level sport …

Amid the massive layoffs, some workers are continuing their education – but not many. A new working paper from the National Bureau of Economic Research found that for every 100 displaced workers, only one ends up enrolling in a public college. “It just seems, objectively, quite small,” said Judith Scott-Clayton, associate professor of economics and …

When my son started attending an expensive private college, I painstakingly prepared and submitted a series of forms and financial documents to determine our family’s eligibility for financial aid, and was thrilled to receive notification. from the college indicating that we were entitled to a grant of $19,000 for the next school year. Knowing that …