NBER Paper Explores How Cost of Instruction Varies by Field of Study

A recent working paper titled “Why is Math Cheaper than English? Understanding Cost Differences in Higher Education” released by The National Bureau of Economic Research analyzes department-level data to explore how the costs of postsecondary instruction vary across different fields of study.

Paper Studies Effects of Default Option on Student Loan Repayment

Findings from a recent NBER working paper suggest that as many as one in four student borrowers are enrolled in the federal standard repayment plan—and exposed to the risk of loan default—because it is the default repayment option.

Brookings Report Highlights Worrisome Trends Among Parents Who Borrow Money for Kids’ College

A new Brookings report discusses trends among parents who take out Parent PLUS loans to support their children through college.

Roosevelt Institute Report Examines Effects of Student Debt

The Roosevelt Institute published a report that looks at the effects of student debt in terms of whether earnings have increased with educational attainment, household wealth, labor market credentialization, and racial inequality.

NPR Highlights Study Showing Student Loans May Boost Community College Student Attainment

A recent NPR segment highlights the benefits of college borrowing for community college students based on a study by Lesley J. Turner and Benjamin M. Marx.

College Board Releases Annual Trends in College Pricing and Student Aid Reports

The College Board recently released its annual Trends in College Pricing and Trends in Student Aid reports for 2018. According to the pricing report, average published fees have increased, especially in the private nonprofit sector. To keep up, the student aid report revealed many institutions are moving to further supplement their students’ financial aid packages.

Report Examines How High School Students and Parents Perceive Public College Cost

A new Stats in Brief report published by the National Center for Education Statistics describes how high school students and their parents perceive the cost of one year at an in-state public four-year college.

Report Shows State Funding for Higher Education Has Not Bounced Back Since Recession

In a newly released report, the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities finds that a decade after the Great Recession hit, state spending on public colleges and universities remains well below historical levels.

Ed Trust Report Provides Framework for Equitable Free College Programs

A new Education Trust report responds to the recent wave of state “free college” programs with an equity-minded critique of free-college programs’ designs.

Analysis Traces Trends in Graduate Student Debt by Race and Ethnicity

Robert Kelchen, an assistant professor at Seton Hall University, recently wrote a blog post using the newly released NPSAS:16 data investigating graduate student debt by race and ethnicity.

New Analysis Reinforces the Racial Disparities of Student Debt

The recent release of the 2015-16 National Postsecondary Student Aid Study has very quickly raised concern and alarm around which students face the largest debt burdens.

SHEEO Report Tracks State Higher Education Finance for FY 2017

The State Higher Education Executive Officers Association recently released their annual State Higher Education Finance report for fiscal year 2017. It found that for the first time, public institutions in most states depend on tuition over appropriations.