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President Biden and Education Secretary Miguel Cardona

President Biden Plans to Change How Students Pay for College

The restart of student loan repayment looms as the Biden administration readies to roll out a new way to help borrowers at risk of defaulting.

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Does the Supreme Court Order Apply to Financial Aid?

Missouri attorney general tells all colleges to drop minority scholarships. University of Missouri system complies.

Letter signs spelling out "cancel" are held in front of the Supreme Court building

Biden Proposes New Debt-Relief Plan After Supreme Court Rejects Initial Proposal

The 6-to-3 decision stops the Biden administration from moving forward with plans to forgive up to $20,000 in student loans for eligible Americans, but the administration announced new steps to aid borrowers.

Dueling groups of demonstrators face off holding signs that say "stop discriminating on the basis of race" and "we are the people."

Advocates Celebrate End of Race-Conscious Admissions

Students and supporters of affirmative action also descended on the Supreme Court, pledging to continue fighting to make higher education accessible to students from underrepresented backgrounds.

The capitals on top of the pillars on the Supreme Court building's facade.

What the Supreme Court Rejection of Affirmative Action Means

Justices deem admissions programs at both Harvard and UNC Chapel Hill to be unconstitutional. But decision did say applicants can write about their experiences with racism, if colleges follow the rules.

Four Duke students walk down campus in front of the chapel tower.

Duke’s Affordable Action Plan

The university’s decision to waive tuition for lower-income North and South Carolinians is officially about equity. But its potential as a recruitment tool for underserved students connects it to affirmative action’s fate.

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What Could Colleges Do Without Affirmative Action?

Could percentage plans work? What about admitting more transfer students from community colleges?

Supreme Court Justices Skeptical of Debt Relief

They questioned the Biden administration’s authority to forgive student loans but also seemed suspicious of arguments from plaintiffs that they have standing to challenge the debt-relief plan.