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Is the University of Phoenix in Hot Water… Again?

The Apollo Group (the parent company of the University of Phoenix) revealed in its annual disclosure report to investors that the Security and Exchange Commission’s Enforcement Division is looking into its “revenue recognition practices.” Inside Higher Ed is guessing that this has something to do with the way that the company counts financial aid dollars… Read more »

It’s Astroturf Time!

Last week I wrote about a new campaign by loan companies called “Protect Student Choice.” The campaign is being run by Qorvis Communications, a controversial PR firm. Thanks to YouTube’s “studentloanreform,” we can now see that the firm has been astroturfing on this issue since at least 2007. Mr. or Ms. Studentloanreform posted a presentation… Read more »

The Chimera of Student Opposition to SAFRA

Some great pieces have come out the last week about the political debate over the Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act (SAFRA) on that vast series of tubes we call the Internet. SAFRA would eliminate a government program (the Federal Family Education Loan Program, or FFELP) that involves large, wasteful federal subsidies to student loan… Read more »

Why Cutting Aid Won’t Help Us Control Tuition Costs

Fred Schwarz at Phi Beta Cons has a post up today arguing that student aid (along with “all the diversity deans and transgender studies departments”) is to blame for the huge increases in tuition that we have been witnessing in recent years. It is a common conservative argument, and one which contains a kernel of… Read more »