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As the cost of college grows, research shows that so does the number of hungry and homeless students at colleges and universities across the country.

Students who want to earn a master’s degree typically have to spend a year or two on campus and tens of thousands of dollars in tuition and fees. But several universities around the world are experimenting with a new, more affordable way to grant graduate degrees.

Under a six-month pilot, University of Massachusetts Lowell students and faculty will be able to ride all Lowell Regional Transit Authority buses and some Merrimack Valley Regional Transit Authority buses for free.

The nation's largest accreditor of for-profit colleges has effectively been shut down, losing the right to certify schools. The final decision from the U.S. Department of Education comes in the waning days of the Obama administration, which has regulated the for-profit sector.

For many Americans, community college is key to a better life. But getting to campuses not accessible by public transportation can present a challenge for low-income students who can’t afford a car or other means of transportation. One community college in Massachusetts has found an innovative way to ensure students can get to class.

ITT Technical Insitute announced on Tuesday it will cease academic operations at more than 130 campuses nationwide.

In a 3-1 decision this week, the National Labor Relations Board ruled that teaching and research assistants at Columbia University are covered employees under the National Labor Relations Act, and therefore have the right to unionize. The Board’s decision will have major financial and academic implications for private institutions of higher education throughout the United States, with the potential to impact both the balance sheets and the curriculum of private colleges and universities nationwide.

A report released Thursday finds nearly all jobs created since the Great Recession went to workers with at least some college education -- a trend is surfacing in our national politics.

In a 4-3 decision, the United States Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the use of race in admissions at the University of Texas at Austin. Colleges and universities that had filed amicus briefs in the case of Fisher v. University of Texas are welcoming the decision.

The digital age has proven to be quite a challenge for the security of SAT test. As cheating scandals pop up, many are reconsidering the college admissions process.

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