Student advocates want to change a federal law that they say prevents many Minnesota college students from finding out about a low-cost, state-run student-loan program. Since 2010, colleges have been required to vet private lenders thoroughly before recommending them to students. Many schools say that’s too cumbersome, so they don’t recommend any lenders at all. Read more

While I was researching yesterday’s story on how Minnesota enrollment has returned to its pre-recession levels, the state Office of Higher Education analysts pointed me to this recent federal report. The report, released last week, shows Minnesota has had the ninth-biggest yearly enrollment drop among U.S. states and the District of Columbia since 2011 (see Read more

The state Office of Higher Education is hiring its first consumer protection advocate to monitor college recruitment and advertising practices. The new hire will work with George Roedler, who heads up the registration and licensing section and mediates complaints that students have with schools. Commissioner Larry Pogemiller says the advocate will identify misleading practices and Read more