Issue Primers

1 November 2017

Federal Student Loan Servicing

A primer on higher education loan servicing. Federal student loans play a crucial role in ensuring access to an affordable higher education for millions of American students. According to the National...  read more

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3 September 2017

Competency-Based and Prior Learning

A primer on prior learning assessments and competency-based education. In the last several years, policymakers and the public have questioned the nation’s system of higher education. Skyrocketing college costs, increasing student...  read more

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2 September 2017

Student Loan Debt

A primer on higher education student loan debt. OVERVIEW Student loans play a crucial role in ensuring access to an affordable higher education for millions of American students. In fact, more than...  read more

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1 September 2017

Tribal Colleges and Universities

A background primer on Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs). Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs), also known as tribally controlled colleges and universities, or TCCUs, are institutions of higher education formally controlled,...  read more

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6 July 2017

Accreditation

A primer on higher education accreditation. Introduction Accreditation is the process of recognizing that an institution of higher education meets established standards, including a general standard of quality. In the United States,...  read more

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5 July 2017

Asian American and Pacific Islander serving institutions

A primer on Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institutions (AANAPISIs). In order to increase the ability of institutions to serve Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) students, the...  read more

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4 July 2017

College Cost

A primer on college cost. No start of an academic year goes by without renewed anxiety about the ever-increasing price of a college education. Although parents, students and policymakers have voiced...  read more

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3 July 2017

Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs)

A primer on Hispanic Serving Institutions, what they are, who they serve and the related federal grant program. In the early 1980s, a series of congressional hearings on Latino access to...  read more

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2 July 2017

Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs)

A primer on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), what they are, who they serve and the related federal grant program. Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) are institutions of...  read more

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1 July 2017

Predominantly Black Institutions (PBIs)

A primer on Predominantly Black Institutions (PBIs), what they are, who they serve and the related federal grant program. Incorporated in the Higher Education Act in 2008, Predominantly Black Institutions...  read more

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1 June 2017

Higher Education Federal Tax Benefits

A primer on the types of higher education tax benefits available to families. The federal government provides financial assistance for higher education in four broad categories – grants, work study, loans...  read more

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23 May 2017

Federal Student Aid

A primer on the types of federal assistance available to help students pay for college. As the price of a college education has risen, an increasing number of students and their...  read more

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