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  • Inside Higher Ed: Help for Community College Students

    In Inside Higher Ed, Deputy Executive Director Emily Bouck West commented on Higher Learning Advocates' support for the Community College Student Success Act:"…

  • The Journal News: Far too many students earn credits without completing a degree: Here’s how to change that

    "Today’s college students are not who you think they are.One-third of them are more than 25 years old, according to data released last summer by Higher Learnin…

  • Higher Ed Dive: 3 ways the pandemic is changing colleges’ mandate right now

    "The (students) are certainly not who you see in movies," said Julie Peller, executive director of Higher Learning Advocates, a nonprofit aiming to improve stu…

  • The Chronicle of Higher Education: A Democratic-Controlled Senate ‘Will Change Everything’ but ‘Guarantee Nothing’ for Higher Ed

    "Julie Peller, executive director of Higher Learning Advocates, a bipartisan group that advocates for policies to improve student success, said that reconcilia…

  • Insider NJ: Senator Booker Introduces Legislation Aimed at Preserving and Expanding Access to Federal Student Aid

    A recent study focused on three Minnesota community colleges by Higher Learning Advocates found that 29 percent of students in 2019 did not maintain SAP requir…

  • EdTech: Outdoor Wi-Fi Expands Access for College Students

    Social distancing guidelines highlight a new role for outdoor connectivity on higher education campuses. “Students without internet or with poor connections ma…

  • Insurance News Net: IHEP and 128 Organizations Call on Congress to Include the College Transparency Act in a Year-End Agreement

    Higher Learning Advocates and 128 members and partners have asked Congressional leadership to include the bipartisan, bicameral College Transparency Act (S.800…

  • Inside Higher Ed: Low-Income Community College Students Most Likely to Cancel Plans

    Julie Peller, executive director of Higher Learning Advocates, said, "It just puts data behind what we all know: lower-income, working adults and student paren…

  • Politico: What to expect in the lame duck

    Higher Learning Advocates, a bipartisan policy organization, and other groups, are urging Biden to pick an Education secretary “who holds both classroom experi…

  • Columbia Spectator: Columbia may look whiter and wealthier next year. Here’s why.

    Julie Peller, executive director of Higher Learning Advocates, told the Hechinger Report that the FAFSA application is often the first step students take when …

  • The Hechinger Report: A worrying trend this fall: decline in FAFSA applications

    For the 2021-2022 school year, the FAFSA application cycle that opened on Oct. 1 ends on June 30. Submitting a FAFSA early has its benefits, while waiting to s…

  • KMAland: AM in the AM

    Executive Director Julie Peller spoke with KMAland Broadcasting about higher education during the pandemic.Listen here.