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* This story originally aired on WGBH News on September 14, 2015.

Sports programs have traditionally served as a way to get more low-income students on the path to college. But many students are being priced out of those opportunities early on.

Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo continues to push her ambitious plan to make community college tuition-free, even after state lawmakers scaled it back.

The official federal graduation rates for colleges and universities that serve large numbers of black, Latino and Asian students significantly underestimate how many of their students are earning degrees, according to a new report.

A faculty panel at Harvard wants to bar students from joining clubs on and off campus that they consider exclusionary and is recommending the university phase out all fraternities, sororities, and similar organizations by 2022. The recommendation has reignited criticism from alumni and raised questions about how much control administrators should have over students.

The University of Massachusetts Board of Trustees voted Monday to raise tuition and fees by three percent. Tuition for in-state students will go up $416 at the four campuses in Lowell, Amherst, Dartmouth and Boston.

States are disproportionately subsidizing schools whose students are wealthier, whiter.

Harvard professors want to eliminate single-gender student clubs. A faculty committee recommended Wednesday that Harvard phase out fraternities, sororities, and similar organizations by 2022.

A new national survey by the Pew Research Center released Monday finds partisan divisions are growing wider in Americans’ views of educational institutions. For the first time, more than half of Republicans now say higher education has a negative impact on the U.S.

An Obama-era program, which lets prisoners use Pell grants for college, is wrapping up its first year. So far, there's no indication whether the Trump administration will continue it past expiration. 

Massachusetts is leading 18 states and the District of Columbia in a lawsuit against U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, challenging her plans to roll back regulations designed to protect students at for-profit colleges.

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