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Graduate students at Tufts University have voted to unionize. The vote comes after the National Labor Relations Board ruled last summer that students who teach and do research at private universities have the right to organize.

It's a dizzying time for high school seniors making their college decisions, but the next step — calculating how much it’s all going to cost — can be even more mind-boggling.

Now, a handful of selective schools are trying to make the true price of college a little more transparent with a new online tool.

Boston University is among a list of private colleges being called upon to enroll more low-income students. A new  released Tuesday finds that BU, at 15 percent, has one of the lowest percentages of Pell Grant eligible students among the schools that were surveyed.

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey is calling out U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos for repealing federal student loan regulations. Healey and 20 other attorneys general have sent  to DeVos, opposing her decision to rollback protections for student borrowers.

New York's decision to cover tuition at all public colleges and universities for low- and middle-income families could spell bad news for the people running private and public colleges in neighboring states.

Bard College in New York and a nonprofit in Holyoke have partnered to launch what they say is the first of its kind microcollegeoffering tuition-free education to low-income mothers and pregnant women.

It's a stressful time of year for students who are preparing to make their college decisions. But the next step - figuring out how much it's all going to cost - can be even more stressful. Now there's a new effort to make that complicated process a little simpler.

The number of full-time administrators at the University of Massachusetts Lowell is way up, according to federal data. Growing administrative ranks at colleges is a national trend, but the seven-fold increase on the Lowell campus over the past ten years stands out as one of the highest.

Tuesday's University of Massachusetts Board of Trustees meeting was the culmination of weeks of behind-the-scenes drama over the future of UMass Boston, its finances, and its leadership.

Students and faculty at the University of Massachusetts at Boston are reacting to the resignation of Chancellor Keith Motley, the university's first black leader. On Wednesday, facing mounting concerns about the school's financial stability, Motley announced he would step down after ten years at the helm.

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