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Massachusetts lawmakers are eyeing a bill that would make community colleges tuition-free for some in-state students. The bill got a hearing before the Legislature's Joint Committee on Higher Education on Wednesday.

Over the weekend, the U.S. Education Department released a new digital tool crafted to help students determine whether a particular school is worth the cost.

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.

In March, Sweet Briar College in rural Virginia announced that it would close because of insurmountable financial troubles. Since then, everyone in higher education has been wondering which college might be next.

Admission and rejection letters are in. Now, high school seniors are tearing their hair out, trying to decide which college to put down a deposit on by the looming May 1 deadline. One factor that weighs heavily on parents and students' minds: how elite a school is. 

In the final part of our series on German higher education, WGBH's On Campus reports on Germany’s tracking system, where kids are divided up by ability at a young age. The system seems to work well in Germany, but would face strong opposition in the United States.

The Education Department Friday released its much-anticipated plan to rate colleges. Starting next school year, the Department will rate more than 5,000 colleges and universities as high-, low- or middle-performing schools.

The cost of college continues to outpace median family income, and at the White House Thursday hundreds of college presidents met with President Obama to discuss how they can make getting a college degree easier and more affordable.

Pam Eddinger is president of Bunker Hill Community College, and this was her third visit to the White House. She says the third time is a charm, and Bunker Hill is committed to enrolling and graduating more students by making sure they're prepared for college-level coursework.

Employers today want workers who are prepared to work in a global economy. One way students are gaining that exposure is by studying abroad. Today more than 289,000 American students go overseas during college. Still, that's just 10 percent of all students. Now, there’s a national push to make studying abroad more affordable and accessible.

On this Veterans Day, WGBH's On Campus takes a closer look at what more colleges and universities can learn from the military.

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