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With millions of college students struggling to pay back their student loans, federal officials are creating new protections for borrowers. The U.S. Education Department is setting higher customer service standards for companies that collect student loans.

There’s a lot in the news about college presidents grappling with diversity, race and ethnicity. But Ronald Liebowitz heads a campus established nearly 70 years ago as a national model of ethnic and religious pluralism. This month, Liebowitz became the ninth leader of Brandeis, a private research university that considers social justice central to its mission. 

As part of our series of conversations with leaders in higher education, On Campus' Kirk Carapezza sat down with Liebowitz before his official first day on campus in Waltham. 

Students at the University of Massachusetts can expect higher tuition bills next fall. Confronted with a budget gap of millions, the UMass Board of Trustees today voted to hike tuition across all five campuses by 5.8 percent.

This month, Dr. Paula Johnson officially leaves the field of medicine to become the first African American president of Wellesley College. As part of our series with leaders in higher education, Dr. Johnson sat down with WGBH's Kirk Carapezza during her first day on the job. 

This summer, the University of Massachusetts Amherst is partnering with a private company to recruit and enroll more international students. The flagship campus is finalizing the deal amid criticism that it's accepting too many out-of-state students.

Not many college presidents come from outside the Ivory Towers. Jeff Weiss, who took the helm at Lesley University on July 1 is one of the few.  

This week – for the first time – hundreds of thousands of high school students are taking a new version of the SAT college entrance exam. The redesigned test claims to be a better measurement of whether students are prepared for college. At the same time, the list of colleges that don’t require applicants to submit SAT scores is growing.

With college application deadlines looming, December is a stressful month for high school seniors - especially for those who can't turn to their own parents for help. When English is not spoken at home, and parents have not even been to college themselves, their children can get lost in the process. To fix that problem, one Massachusetts high school is pairing experienced parent volunteers with worthy first generation students.

There's a lot of focus in this country on making community college more affordable. But living expenses – including transportation, rent and food – are still the biggest barrier between students and graduation.

In an online video released Thursday, First Lady Michelle Obama raps about the importance of going to college, encouraging students to pursue higher education in order to become an astronaut or civil engineer.

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