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After a year of increased activism, students are more aware of social justice issues and those issues are influencing their college choices. More than 11,500 golf caddies have received full scholarships to attend top universities nationwide. Colleges across the U.S. are increasingly requiring COVID-19 vaccination for on-campus learning. Check out the full list of colleges that require the vaccine. Some faculty at colleges in conservative states are giving up coveted academic positions over a lack of COVID-19 mandates. Citing breakthrough cases and COVID-19 variants, some colleges strengthen mask mandates. Meanwhile, some experts warn of the harms of masking young people. College of the Ozarks is challenging Biden's fair housing mandate. Do Christian values extend to LGBTQ+ students on campus? A long list of companies provide tuition assistance to U.S. employees, but programs and coverage vary by company. On Tuesday, the board of trustees of Oakland's Mills College approved a merger with Northeastern University. The more than $76 billion at colleges' disposal to bridge budget gaps and provide cash grants to students must be spent before the end of 2024. Netflix's "The Chair" raises big questions about equality in academia. For women faculty, it exposes ongoing challenges in higher education. Harvard University will end its investment in fossil fuel companies in response to the threat of climate change, the school's president announced Thursday. These popular colleges and universities have the highest cost of attendance in the U.S., but not all students pay the full sticker price. College athletes usually bear the cost of medical insurance, unless they're a likely top draft pick. Now, student-athletes are pushing for change in the NCAA's insurance policies. Amazon announced on Sept. 9 it would pay full tuition for hourly workers starting early next year. Over 750,000 current Amazon employees will be eligible for the program. A handful of U.S. colleges step up to provide shelter and scholarships to Afghan refugees, continuing a piecemeal legacy of welcoming displaced students. College football season kicked off with thousands of fans packing stadiums, putting many at risk of coronavirus exposure in a climate of lax COVID-19 guidelines and policies. College campuses are political hot spots. Students are more political — and more politically divided — than ever, but together push for progressive reforms. College students across the country are protesting for voting rights and social justice. Here's why and how you can get involved. Rice University, Stanislaus State, and UT San Antonio are among the first schools to delay reopening plans due to the delta variant. They will start fall term online. Apprenticeships aren't just for the trades anymore, and new legislation promises to further integrate apprenticeships into higher education. The new Netflix show tackles some of higher education's thorniest issues through the lens of faculty governance. Nearly half of colleges plan on sending students out of the country this fall as U.S. study abroad programs reopen after COVID-19 shutdowns. Engineering is one of the highest-paid professions in the U.S., but Black and Latino/a engineers earn significantly less than their peers. Since January, the Department of Education has cancelled $9.5 billion in student loan debt. Here's who's impacted by those cancellations. Promising a new model for higher education, the U.S.-based online university boasts a worldwide reach and enrolls more than 75,000 students. A new report reveals students believe nondegree credentials are worth the cost, help them achieve their career goals, and make them attractive to employers. Mills College alumnae call for the ousting of leadership and sue to preserve their alma mater. Discover why some HBCUs are canceling student debt and what other institutions can learn from HBCUs about college affordability. Colleges are deciding whether to alter, ban, or keep unchanged controversial fight songs and chants that remain popular at sporting events. As the SEC plans expansion, the Big Ten, Pac-12 and ACC form an alliance. See how this move could impact the future of college sports. The COVID-19 vaccine policies at a handful of elite schools instruct vaccinated students arriving from India and Russia to get a second series of shots. Coding bootcamps are often valued for their accessibility and affordability, but minorities who could benefit still participate at low rates. Now that the FDA has granted full approval of the Pfizer vaccine to prevent COVID-19, campuswide vaccine mandates may become more common. Explore the history of Title IX and how it has impacted equality for women in college athletics. Colleges already require vaccines, but COVID-19 vaccines are approved for emergency use only, thrusting new mandates into a legal gray zone. The path to debt cancellation for student loan borrowers with total and permanent disabilities. Corporate tuition assistance programs tout educational access and social mobility, but are they really more concerned with the bottom line? As colleges debate whether to reopen their campuses, students evaluate their options for the fall term, which include re-enrolling and taking a gap year. Inequitable recruitment, admissions, and enrollment practices are limiting opportunities for minority students, according to a new report. As cases of the COVID-19 delta variant increase, colleges are deciding whether they should return to in-person classes or stay online. The NCAA declined to punish Baylor University over its mishandling of allegations of sexual assault and other interpersonal violence by football players. A federal appeals court revived a lawsuit by former University of North Dakota women's hockey players contesting elimination of the program. The Harvard admissions case before the Supreme Court involving Asian American students draws a historical parallel to the treatment of Jewish students 100 years ago. Harvard Extension School makes a degree more accessible, but different criteria for entry, faculty, and degree designation make some question its value. Judge Amy Coney Barrett dismissed an emergency appeal from college students who say their school's vaccine mandate violates constitutional rights. Weeks from the beginning of fall term, some prestigious colleges now require face masks, weekly testing, and vaccines for all returning students. The University of Texas at San Antonio has decided to move classes online for the first three weeks of the fall semester. COVID-19 testing will also be required for residential... Student loan debt relief is a growing need. This article analyzes proposals for loan forgiveness and free public college tuition. The 1994 congressional ban on awarding federal student financial aid to prisoners lifts in two years. For now, a 2015 pilot program extends to 200 schools. As Democrats call for large scale student debt cancellation, Biden's education team extends the loan payment pause another six months. Transgender students face heightened risk of sexual assault and harassment on campus. Biden's team takes a contested shortcut to extend Title IX protection. Advocates hope to double the main federal student financial aid award by 2022. Senate Democrats' contentious budget includes a $400 bump. Student-faculty ratios shouldn't be taken literally, but they do help indicate what your educational experience will be like. A recent BestColleges survey found that a majority of Americans value affordability over prestige in their college choice. New study describes how social dynamics of college sports can frequently contribute to negative behaviors when oversight is lacking. After months of controversy, the NCAA announced that they will hold a special convention in November to propose sweeping governance changes. Only a month into the NIL era in college sports, many student-athletes already have signed lucrative endorsement deals. As master's degree programs have grown in popularity, graduate student loan debt has increased substantially. The University of Texas and the University of Oklahoma are seeking to leave the Big 12 Conference and join the Southeastern Conference, a move that would shake up college sports. Many colleges are requiring COVID-19 vaccination this fall, but global vaccine access continues to vary. Where does this leave international students? As you gear up to return to campus life, understand how complex issues related to campus sexual assault are regaining relevance. Higher education is expensive. Learn how to consider different ways to calculate the return on investment, or ROI, for your college education. With schools reopening amid a spike in reported hate crimes, experts advise students to learn more about bias and what to do if they become victims. With a federal court weighing in on a university's authority to require COVID-19 vaccines, students argue the mandate violates Fourteenth Amendment rights. The Biden administration's "expansive interpretation" of Title IX to prosecute discrimination based on sexual orientation meets resistance from state Republicans. Find out where study abroad is possible now that countries are accepting U.S. travelers. A federal judge suspends the DACA program, citing unconstitutionality of policy that impacts thousands of immigrant college students. U.S. senators have proposed a bill that would fund equity audits and improvements at colleges and universities. 2U's merger with edX will allow the education technology company to compete with Coursera, but not everyone is happy with the partnership. With college costs growing higher, here are the top 10 public universities offering generous financial aid packages that lessen the burden. Learn about how wealthy donors may have a disproportionate say in what you learn and who you learn from at your college or university. Learn about the complex issue of reparations and how institutions of higher learning are coming to terms with their historical ties to chattel slavery. After receiving tenure last week from UNC, the journalist announced she'll instead accept a tenured position at Howard University. Hundreds of colleges collectively owe the government $1 billion in debt. But unlike with student loan debt, the government's not collecting. Nearly 45 million Americans owe $1.7 trillion in student debt. Black borrowers, women, and graduate-degree holders all have a large share. Recent attention on the differences between men's and women's championships in multiple sports has shone a light on remaining inequity in college athletics. Following a U.S. Supreme Court decision and the passage of several state laws, the NCAA suspended its rules preventing student-athletes from profiting off their name, image, and likeness. After initially declining to grant tenure to Nikole Hannah-Jones in May, the UNC board of trustees voted to grant tenure to the award-winning journalist on June 30. Understand the importance of fundraising campaigns to institutions of higher learning and how they support your academic career. Eight Indiana University students have filed a lawsuit against Indiana University over its COVID-19 vaccine mandate. Indiana's attorney general says the mandate is legal. Forty-three percent of colleges report an increase in international applications over last year, a surge motivated by pent-up demand and shifting immigration policies. The Supreme Court ruled on June 21 that the NCAA cannot bar universities from making education-related payments to student-athletes. Beyond helping you advance in your career, postsecondary education can also help better your health and self-empowerment. A new report on spring 2021 enrollment shows declines in community college transfers, sparking concerns among experts. As states implement harmful anti-trans legislation, colleges must do all they can to support and advocate for trans college students. Biden proposes expanding the college grant program, as a bipartisan Senate bill looks to extend the program to cover short-term certificates. Virtual public hearings were held this week as Biden seeks to reverse Trump-era Title IX rules, which heightened reqs for due process in sexual assault cases. The Biden administration's proposed 2022 budget includes big plans to boost STEM departments at colleges that primarily serve students of color. Trustees voted overwhelmingly to retain the university's name and its ties to Robert E. Lee. Black alumni were unsurprised by trustees' decision and await more changes. W&L's president promises to continue efforts to make the school more inclusive and diverse. The name can stay, but real change is needed. This was many Black alumni's reaction […] Any college welcoming only fully vaccinated individuals for the fall term has been given the green light to return to full-capacity, in-person learning. Nikole Hannah-Jones, a Black journalist who spearheaded the "1619 Project, has had her tenure bid postponed at UNC-Chapel Hill amid conservative criticism. If colleges work to boost educational outcomes for people of color, their livelihoods and society as a whole will benefit, according to a new report. Many Washington and Lee University students, faculty, and alumni advocate for a name change to end the school's association with a Confederate general. In the face of a pandemic and economic recession, college students and recent graduates remain optimistic about finding employment in the coming year. Despite increases in tuition costs and university presidents' pay, college professor salaries remain mostly stagnant. Rarely, a professor can earn millions. As more colleges bring critical race theory into their core curricula, Republican leaders take steps to ban the theory from being taught in public classrooms. After temporarily dropping SAT/ACT requirements due to COVID-19, some schools, including the University of California, are making the changes permanent. Earlier COVID-19 emergency grants excluded undocumented and international college students. Now all students may be eligible for grants and other support. As part of a new outreach campaign, Ohio teens who've received at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose can enter to win full-ride scholarships to in-state colleges. While college students have struggled with grades and mental health during COVID-19 learning disruptions, many want to retain the option to learn online. Enrollment declines continue to plague colleges and universities across the U.S., with students of color disproportionately affected. Even as students struggle with rising college costs, university presidents rake in millions amid rapid increases in salaries, bonuses, benefits, and perks. College students stand to benefit from Biden's new proposals, which include two years of free community college, more Pell Grant funding, and retention efforts. Even as campuses promise to reopen soon, college students continue to face increased anxiety from isolation, world events, and a loss of support networks. Learn what Biden's American Rescue Plan has in store for colleges, from money for schools' lost revenue to student grants for tuition, housing, and more. A new BestColleges.com survey finds that the American workforce values soft skills honed through experience, but jobs that build soft skills take degrees. Colleges across the U.S. have announced plans to return to in-person instruction this fall, but strict COVID-19 campus guidelines will remain in place. COVID-19 is hurting Latino/a students' education gains. After decades of growth, fewer Latinos/as went to college this year, and fewer plan on going next year. As more colleges require proof of COVID-19 vaccination for students coming to campus this fall, states claim emergency-use vaccines cannot be mandatory. Community colleges, which serve mostly low-income students at higher health and economic risk during the pandemic, report unprecedented enrollment drops. In a new BestColleges survey, 95% of college students say COVID-19 has negatively impacted their mental health, which, in turn, has affected their education. Recent changes to provide more debt relief to defrauded students and students with disabilities suggest Biden may consider debt cancellation on a grand scale. After a year of campus shutdowns due to COVID-19, more colleges are planning to host socially distanced graduation ceremonies alongside virtual screenings. A new Netflix documentary titled "Operation Varsity Blues" dives into the 2019 college admissions scandal and its impact on higher education. As schools adopted test-optional policies, selective colleges experienced an unprecedented climb in first-year applications, thereby lowering fall admission rates. After a year of campus shutdowns, 82% of college students say COVID-19 disrupted or impacted their education, according to a new BestColleges survey. The coronavirus vaccine is just around the corner, but many Americans — including one-third of college-aged adults — plan to hold off on getting vaccinated. Defrauded college graduates, mostly from for-profit colleges, now have a broader avenue to debt forgiveness under Biden's new education secretary. More college students are eligible for the latest round of stimulus checks, part of a $1.9 trillion plan that includes several perks for higher education. President Biden recently signed into law a massive $1.9 trillion COVID-19 stimulus package, giving students and colleges more money and support. In the past year, the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in staggering enrollment drops, particularly among first-year college students and underserved students. The pandemic has exacerbated instances of food insecurity among college students, contributing to poor academic performance and mental health issues. Miguel Cardona, a longtime educator and Connecticut's education commissioner, was recently confirmed as education secretary, bringing the DeVos era to an end. Free college — already a reality in some European countries — is gaining traction among U.S. politicians. The current pandemic could push plans into action. Biden aims to quell the college affordability crisis but continues to resist pressure from Democrats to cancel $50,000 in student debt by executive order. Biden has wasted no time in addressing higher education policy. Learn about Biden's proposals regarding college accessibility, student loans, and COVID-19. Campus closures due to COVID-19 impact students' ability to succeed. With colleges closed, students and schools grapple with logistics and the digital divide. According to a national BestColleges survey, many Americans and most college students believe student loan debt should be canceled. Young people voted in force in 2020, according to early voter data, due to factors such as college education, swing state urgency, and pandemic-related shifts. President Biden unveils a $175 billion plan to reopen schools, prepares to forgive student loan debt, and rescinds a Trump-era policy on diversity training. Over 1,100 Columbia University students refuse to pay for the spring term until tuition, financial aid, campus police, and gentrification are addressed. The College Board is kicking off 2021 by discontinuing SAT Subject Tests, eliminating the optional SAT essay, and introducing plans for a new digital SAT. One of the most controversial education secretaries who often sparred with Democratic policymakers and teachers, Betsy DeVos leaves behind a unique legacy. Rural students attend college at lower rates than their urban and suburban peers. The economic recession and cultural divide could widen the education gap. In response to COVID-19, the Department of Education announced it will suspend payments and waive interest on federal student loans until October 1, 2021. Homeschooling has grown more popular during the pandemic. Will students stay home even after schools reopen? Facing low enrollment and steep COVID-19 costs, colleges around the U.S. are freezing scores of undergraduate and graduate programs, many in the liberal arts. A double win for Georgia progressives means a Democratic-controlled government and a massive potential shakedown at the Department of Education. International student numbers declined dramatically at U.S. colleges this fall, spelling trouble for schools, the economy, and future international exchange. Democrats passed a large coronavirus relief bill offering extended loan deferral and up to $10k in loan forgiveness, but Republicans think it's too costly. Student evaluations show a bias against female professors, which hampers efforts to increase diversity among college faculty members. College students throughout the U.S. stand to be impacted by Georgia's Senate runoff elections, but Georgia college students could strongly sway the election. Many colleges offered tuition discounts in response to COVID-19, but a pricing model that relies heavily on discounts and loans fails to benefit all students. Research shows that schools don't significantly spread COVID-19, and that closures are harming students, particularly low-income, Black, and brown students. Since the start of the pandemic, colleges around the U.S. have rigorously conducted COVID-19 research to aid in the fight against the illness. In January, once election results are finalized and the inauguration is complete, the majority of student borrowers could see their debt erased. COVID-19 cases on college campuses have skyrocketed in recent months. Schools continue to test new strategies to help curb the spread of the virus. California has voted to uphold its decades-old affirmative action ban, which prohibits discrimination and preferential treatment in college admissions. President-elect Joe Biden has promised free college and debt forgiveness. Students could see new policies and relief funds as soon as January. President-elect Joe Biden promises free community college to all, free four-year college to some, and improved student debt repayment plans. Vice President-elect Harris brings her background as a student of color to her education policy, promising to fund Title I schools and minority-serving colleges. After several colleges made diversity coursework a graduation requirement, Trump now threatens to pull funding from schools teaching diversity and inclusion. The college student mental health crisis has reached an inflection point in the era of COVID-19 as students struggle with increased isolation and financial anxiety. A new BestColleges survey reveals that college students are motivated to vote by the coronavirus pandemic and racial inequality, but are split along partisan lines. With the upcoming U.S. presidential election, the future of higher education is at stake. Trump and Biden offer unique approaches to education policy. The pandemic, along with a decline in college enrollment, has accelerated financial issues for higher education. How will American colleges face the looming crisis? A new BestColleges survey reveals distrust of the U.S. electoral and political systems among college students, as well as a lack of civic education. The 2020 presidential candidates take opposing sides on most education issues, including K-12 funding, student loan debt, and reopening college campuses. College students who flout COVID-19 rules can be sent home, temporarily or permanently, and without refunds. Some suspended students' families plan to sue. Housing insecurity plagues many college students in the U.S., but the COVID-19 pandemic has magnified issues of basic needs insecurity and student homelessness. More colleges now require students to take an ethnic studies course, but barriers like COVID-19 may decrease the number of students of color at these schools. Wastewater tests, anonymous tracking apps, and easier testing methods help colleges stay open and test pilot COVID-19 solutions for the greater good. Some states make registering to vote very tricky for college students away from home. Experts say blocking student votes can greatly impact election results. College students continue to sue for tuition refunds and petition for discounts as colleges struggle to enroll students and reopen campuses. COVID-19 has threatened students' college plans and altered the higher ed landscape. Now, new and returning students want mostly hybrid or online options. As colleges struggle to keep students safe from COVID-19 amid fall campus reopenings, parents question whether in-person instruction is worth the risk. Many colleges will stay online this fall despite governmental pressure to reopen. While health and safety remain top priorities, vulnerable students may suffer. The education plans of a significant percentage of college-bound students languish over the summer. Low-income, first-generation students are most vulnerable. Companies that recruit college students and recent graduates changed their hiring practices in response to COVID-19 — where and what you studied matters. Many students today are challenging racism in higher education by demanding colleges rename buildings and remove statues honoring racist historical figures. ICE will let international students stay in the U.S., even if their schools go online — but incoming freshmen still face visa issues and travel restrictions. Over half of colleges plan to reopen for in-person instruction this fall, but living and learning on campus will look a lot different than it did pre-pandemic. Undocumented students around the U.S. face an uncertain future. Get the latest information on DACA and check out our FAQ to get the answers you need. Pressed by protests, some colleges are responding to student activists calls to cut ties with police and better foster the success of students of color. Education Sec. Betsey DeVos rewrote Obama-era Title IX guidelines for handling sexual harassment on campus to reduce the number of cases. The CARES Act includes $14 billion for higher education. Half of the money goes to student financial aid, but some needy students are not eligible. College students petition and sue schools for tuition refunds, saying online edu during COVID-19 should cost less. Colleges are hurting financially, too. The coronavirus pandemic has highlighted a deepening digital divide among American college students, particularly underserved students who lack stable internet access. Colleges and students want campuses to reopen, but the threat of a coronavirus resurgence means changing the school year and keeping some education online. A new BestColleges survey shows that over 8 in 10 students experiencing educational disruptions from COVID-19 are experiencing increased stress. As the coronavirus continues to impact college life, companies are offering discounts and free access to their products and services to help students and teachers transition to online learning. Student loan debt in the U.S. passed the $1.5 trillion mark last year. Decreasing public subsidies and big paychecks for administrators are partly to blame. The coronavirus outbreak may cause college campuses to close in the United States. Here are some tips to prepare for the switch to online learning. A new BestColleges survey reveals that, while most graduates think college is a good financial investment, most would change their majors if they could go back. In college news this week: Several policy changes from the Department of Education and a USA Today op-ed from Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. Also: a foreign student crisis, legal marijuana... In college news this week: President Donald Trump signs executive order withholding federal funds from campuses where anti-Semitism or anti-Israel protests occur. Also, the University of Phoenix cancels student debts,... College students around the world are mobilizing around climate change. Discover the latest news and tips for how to fight climate change in college. In college news this week: Syracuse University shaken by racist incidents that led to the suspension of several students. Also, student protests at UC Berkeley, inequity among graduate students, new... In college news this week: questions of journalistic integrity at student newspapers. Plus, the Varsity Blues admissions scandal, the NCAA, student protests and boycotts, and some new stats on student... In college news this week: Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos was found in contempt of court over student loan bills. Also, sexual harassment on campus, new NCAA rules for... College news for October 2019: Should college athletes be paid? Also, college admissions scandal update, FAFSA help, bias in SAT scores, and rising tensions on U.S. campuses. A roundup of news in higher education. A roundup of news in higher education. This article covers California's recent expansion of a program to grant qualifying students free access to two years of community college, as well as similar programs across the country. A roundup of news in higher education. A roundup of news in higher education. A roundup of news in higher education. A roundup of news in higher education. A roundup of news in higher education. A roundup of news in higher education. A roundup of news in higher education. The alumni of Hampshire College raised funds to keep the school open, bucking the trend of small schools closing. Covers the issues college students care about in the first 2019 Democratic presidential debates, including college affordability, climate change, and gun control. Many college students face mental health struggles. Although campus resources are available, faculty need more training to be able to support their students.