July 18, 2014: Education News We're Reading This Week


July 18, 2014—Here is what’s new in education news this week.

The National Journal reports on a new proposal by House Republicans, a simpler and more flexible Pell Grant system for which students would need to only apply once.

A revealing report by the nonprofit The Institute for College Access & Success shows that nearly one million community college students in the U.S. are unable to take out federal loans because their schools do not participate in the program. The Washington Post and The New York Times provide more insight.

Also on our blog: “Legislation Could Help Simplify Applying for Financial Aid

The National Student Clearinghouse Research Center has released a “Snapshot Report” on first year persistence and retention–the rate of students who return to their same college or return to any college after year one. Higher Education Today reports on the results.

The Atlantic tackles some of the reasons why low-income students are at a disadvantage when it comes to taking standardized tests and to graduating on time from college.

The Foundation is pleased to share that Kennesaw State University and Mesa Community College released articles on two of this year’s Jack Kent Cooke Scholars. Read about Graduate Arts Award recipient Zac Evans and Undergraduate Transfer Scholar Fernanda Silva Celaya.