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  • 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…

  • 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. 

  • Nation Swell: The Gap Year Fantasy and the Reality of Today’s College Student

    Higher Learning Advocates, a D.C.-based advocacy group, says that today’s students are older, more racially diverse, and have far fewer life options than the m…

  • WHII-TV Beaufort News: Julie Peller, Higher Learning Advocates

    Executive Director Julie Peller spoke with WHII-TV Beaufort News about how colleges and universities should be flexible with students as they return for fall s…

  • CBS19 News: Emergency aid needed for fall semester students

    Executive Director Julie Peller joined CBS19 News to discuss how federal funding can help today's students, who have been hit hard by the pandemic. “Being sure…