Taxpayers assume an estimated $300 billion worth of loan debt for students whose educations often took longer and cost more than expected, led to jobs that didn’t pay enough to cover their loans or never led to a degree.
Students 25 and older juggle jobs, kids and bills without the support many say they need.
The first step to a survival strategy: acknowledging that there’s a problem.
Some applicants are told: Start here after going somewhere else for freshman year.
Despite tight budgets and high risks, colleges hope niche degrees will spur demand.
Poor students still get money, but higher-income classmates get a growing share.
One Canadian university sets out to prove the value of the humanities in lucrative careers.
New strategies include changing academic offerings and lowering prices. The price strategy has worked for St. Paul’s Concordia University.
Business, civic coalitions pick up where the federal and state governments fall short.