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More flexibility proposed for student debt forgiveness

New rules proposed by the Biden administration on Wednesday would make it easier for borrowers to get their federal student debt forgiven through several existing programs.

The action is intended to overhaul relief programs that have been criticized for their burdensome paperwork…

Seattle Pacific University students stage walkout after board reaffirms discriminatory hiring policy

Seattle Pacific University faculty and students are pushing back on what they say is a “devastating” recent decision by the school’s Board of Trustees to uphold, again, its policy that discriminates based on sexual orientation.

Students walked out of class to rally on campus Tuesday, and…

Washington universities struggle to serve all their students’ mental health needs. Here’s why

David, a sophomore pre-med student at the University of Washington, was used to juggling a busy schedule: He was a wrestler, swimmer, and runner in high school and works 20 hours a week on top of a full course load.

Still, when he finally made it to campus this school year — attending…

WA Running Start enrollment drops as high school students pause college coursework

Valentine Wulf doesn’t need to spend days preparing to write an essay for school. That’s why the 16-year-old prefers taking English at North Seattle College — she’s ready to just start writing.

“The pace moves a lot faster … there’s less time that is spent just sitting in a classroom…

Housing shortage, soaring rents squeeze US college students

UC Berkeley sophomore Terrell Thompson slept in his car for nearly two weeks at the start of the school year last fall, living out of a suitcase stashed in the trunk and texting dozens of landlords a day in a desperate search for a place to live.

The high-achieving student from a low-…

Enrollment plummets at Washington’s colleges, especially among men

In 2019, Washington created one of the most generous college financial aid programs in the country. Compared with a program it replaced, the Washington College Grant…

Washington is offering more college aid than ever, plus new admission guarantees. Will students buy in?

Last month, the Legislature passed a bill that took lessons from Seattle Promise. That program, which sent 1,100 young people to college last fall, has staffers embedded in high schools, “and their only job is to get people to sign up,” noted state Rep. Drew Hansen, a Democrat from Bainbridge…

A university pays $400K to professor who refused to use a student's pronouns

A public university professor in Ohio who was disciplined four years ago for refusing to use a transgender student's pronouns is being awarded $400,000 following a lawsuit against the university.

Nick Meriwether, a philosophy professor at Shawnee State University in Portsmouth, Ohio,…

August Wave of Campus Reopening Reversals

Hundreds of colleges have reversed or altered their reopening plans in the past several weeks after taking stock of COVID-19 testing availability, student and faculty safety concerns, state regulations and the worsening public health crisis.

Keep Campus Closed - What Higher Ed is Too Afraid to Say

For the collective well-being of people in this country, higher education institutions must not reopen this fall.

This virus does not care about our efforts to find creative ways to reopen schools.

It doesn't care about paychecks or football or res life. It will continue to harm…

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