The federal government provides billions in grants, loans and work-study opportunities to undergraduate and graduate students each year.
The federal Pell Grant program is the nation’s largest needs-based college grant program.
According to a 2013 College Board report, full-time workers with a bachelor’s degree earn an average of $21,000 more annually than those who have no education beyond high school.
Women make up nearly half the American workforce, yet only 3 percent of engineers, 15 percent of math and computer workers, and 14 percent of scientists are women.
William “Brit” Kirwan will step down as the chancellor of Maryland’s state university system after 12 years.
Gov. Bob McDonnell is proposing more than $183 million in increased state funding over the next two-year budget cycle for higher education.
A recent survey revealed that 46 percent of admissions directors at colleges throughout the country are “very concerned” about meeting enrollment targets this year.
Calling higher education an “economic imperative,” President Barack Obama is pushing for an ambitious new government rating system for colleges that would judge schools on affordability and performance and ultimately determine how federal financial aid is distributed.