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  • 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…

  • Inside Higher Ed: Displaced Workers and Public College Enrollment

    Deputy Executive Director Emily Bouck West spoke with Inside Higher Ed about how colleges can better support all students, including displaced workers."All typ…

  • Diverse Issues in Higher Education: Advocates Push for COVID-19 Benefits for Working College Students

    Higher Learning Advocates' nine-point policy recommendations to support college students during the coronavirus pandemic was discussed in a Diverse Issues in H…

  • CBS 19 News: Reopening schools can affect all types of students

    Executive Director Julie Peller appeared on CBS 19 News to discuss colleges and universities reopening this fall and how decisions can affect all of today's st…

  • WRAL: Fall semester will be a difficult one for college students

    Executive Director Julie Peller appeared on WRAL News to discuss how institutions and policymakers can best support today's students as they return to college …

  • NPR Marketplace: Texas A&M wants a more diverse student body

    Executive Director Julie Peller appeared on NPR's Marketplace to discuss Texas A&M's $100 million scholarship fund to address diversity on its campuses.Hea…

  • Inside Higher Ed: As Times and Students Change, Can Faculty Change, Too?

    "While the big-name colleges still enroll plenty of stereotypical students, the institutions that serve the bulk of students have seen changes.The numbers are …