Notes in the Margins: Race, contraception and two-tier pricing

Help for Student Borrowers Under a new initiative, the new federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is providing one-stop shopping for complaints on billing and collection disputes, and financial institutions will have to resolve complaints within 60 days. (The New York Times)

Santa Monica College to offer two-tier course pricing The school’s governing board has approved a plan to offer certain high-demand classes for a higher price when the regular classes have filled up. It’s believed to be the first such scheme in the nation. (Los Angeles Times)

Kettering Offers Fixed Tuition Guarantee For 10 Semesters Kettering University will offer a fixed-tuition guarantee for all undergraduate students beginning in 2012-13, becoming the first Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) university in Michigan and one of only a handful in the nation to offer the cost-saving guarantee.  Kettering has also eliminated all academically related fees in its all-inclusive tuition package. (CBS via University Business)

As March Madness nears, new study confirms old trend Race and gender gaps in higher education continue to plague college basketball players on the NCAA tournament teams. A study found that the female players in the tournament continue to out-graduate their male counterparts, and that graduation disparities between blacks and whites persist but are considerably less pronounced among women. (CNN via University Business)

Contraception key to boost grad rates at community colleges Community colleges start campaign to improve their graduation rates: By helping students avoid unplanned pregnancies. (USA Today)