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Bankruptcy and Student Loans

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Education-Higher,Govt Finance,Income/Poverty,Youth

Examines the concept of “undue hardship” as a legal term involving required payment of student loan debt. According to court interpretations the debtor must prove three things to qualify for exemption from repayment.  The report provides a comprehensive overview of the various legal issues related to whether a debtor may discharge a student loan via bankruptcy.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by


Survey of Graduate Students and Postdoctorates in Science and Engineering, Fall 2016

Categories: Education-Higher,Health/Medical,Mathematics,Science/Technology,Statistics,Women

Includes 55 data tables on graduate students in STEM fields by field and gender.  Also includes tables on enrollment by state and institution, on citizenship, ethnicity and race, and on institutional rankings.  From the National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics of the National Science Foundation


Digest of Education Statistics

Categories: Education,Education-Higher,Statistics

The annual compilation of educational statistics from elementary through graduate school.  Also offers international comparisons of education, federal funding of education, and outcomes of education. From the National Center for Education Statistics


Full-Time Graduate Enrollment in Science and Engineering Continues to Grow in 2016 Due to Increased Enrollment by Foreign Students on Temporary Visas

Categories: Education-Higher,Science/Technology,Statistics

Finds that enrollment in graduate science and engineering courses continues to increase due to foreign student enrollments, while full-time graduate enrollment in such programs by U.S. citizens declined for the fifth consecutive year.  From the National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics of the National Science Foundation


High School Longitudinal Study of 2009… Second Follow-up: A First Look at Fall 2009 Ninth-Graders in 2016

Categories: Education,Education-Higher,Labor/Employment,Marriage/Family,Statistics

Follows a nationally-representative sample of students who were in ninth grade in the fall of 2009 through high school, college, and the workforce.  The second follow-up was conducted about three years after high school graduation.  Includes labor market experiences and family formation. From the National Center for Education Statistics


First-Generation Students: College Access, Persistence, and Postbachelor’s Outcomes

Categories: Education,Education-Higher,Income/Poverty,Statistics

Focuses on the success of students whose parents had not attended college.  Covers postsecondary enrollment, persistence, degree completion, graduate school enrollment, and  employment outcomes.  From the National Center for Education Statistics


2015-16 National Postsecondary Student Aid Study … Student Financial Aid Estimates for 2015-16: First Look

Categories: Education-Higher,Govt Finance,Statistics

Describes the percentages of students receiving various types of financial aid and average amounts received, by type of institution attended, attendance pattern, dependency status, and income level.  From the National Center for Education Statistics


Higher Education: Expert Views of U.S. Accreditation

Categories: Education-Higher,Govt Finance,Tests/Assessments

The U.S. government provided more than $125 billion in FY 2016 to help students pay for higher education.  This report examines the strengths and challenges of the current U.S. accreditation system in overseeing the academic quality of institutions and potential approaches for improving the system’s oversight of academic quality.  From the Government Accountability Office


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