The federal government provides loans to students to attend colleges from which most students fail to graduate or have low earnings, even with a degree.
It's easy to exaggerate how much changes in appropriations explain and are reflected in tuition increases.
Student debt repayment fell during the Great Recession. Borrowers from low-income backgrounds saw the steepest decline
One-year student loan repayment rates dropped 14 percentage points after 2008.
Research on how to maximize the effectiveness and equity of public preschool has not kept pace with the growth of these programs.
Spending on instructional materials decreased more than 30 percent in Oklahoma and Kentucky over the past 15 years.
In the wake of March Madness, Urban Institute researchers reflect on the financial costs of intercollegiate sports.
In the next Higher Education Act, Congress could design a system that will better serve both student loan borrowers and taxpayers.