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Marian Wang

As Parents Struggle To Repay College Loans For Their Children, Taxpayers Also Stand To Lose

by Marian Wang, ProPublica. Parents are increasingly struggling to repay federal loans they’ve taken out to help cover their children’s college costs, according to newly released federal data. The Parent Plus program allows parents to take out essentially uncapped amounts to cover college costs, regardless of the borrower’s income or ability to repay the loan. […]

April 7, 2014

George Washington University Has For Years Claimed To Be ‘Need-Blind.’ It’s Not.

by Marian Wang, ProPublica. George Washington University — which got in trouble last year for misreporting admissions data to bolster its college ranking — is making yet another confession. The university has been misrepresenting its admissions and financial-aid policy for years, touting a “need-blind” admissions policy while in fact giving preference to wealthier students in the […]

October 22, 2013

The Admission Arms Race: Six Ways Colleges Game Their Numbers

by Marian Wang, ProPublica. As college-bound students weigh their options, they often look to the various statistics that universities trumpet — things like the high number of applications, high test scores, and low acceptance rate. But students may want to consider yet another piece of info: the ways in which schools can pump up their stats. […]

April 23, 2013

Course Load: The Growing Burden Of College Fees

by Marian Wang, ProPublica. At the University of California Santa Cruz, where tuition runs to nearly $35,000 for non-residents, students every year pay more than 30 additional fees — including a small charge for what’s billed as “free” HIV testing. Students at Oklahoma State University pay a handsome sum to attend one of the state’s […]

March 31, 2013

Banks’ Lending Frenzy Left Borrowers Buried In Student Debt, Report Details

by Marian Wang, ProPublica.   Much like the mortgage market, the market for private student loans has gone through a big boom and a messy bust. Some banks and lenders played fast and loose with student loans, aggressively marketing them to borrowers who couldn’t afford that amount of debt, according to a new government report. […]

July 23, 2012

School Of Hard Knocks: Fed Education Data Shows Racial Disparities, Unequal Opportunity

by Marian Wang, ProPublica   Schools serving the most black and Hispanic students are less likely to offer rigorous subjects such as calculus and physics and more likely to employ teachers with only a year or two of experience. Those findings come from a new data analysis by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of […]

March 6, 2012

Fight Over Obama’s Recess Appointments Puts Stranglehold on Key FinReg, Labor Nominees

by Marian Wang ProPublica, Dec. 20, 2011, 2:39 p.m.   It’s no secret that Republicans don’t like the idea of President Obama exercising his power to make recess appointments. As we noted [1] earlier this year, they’ve repeatedly used a procedural move to block the president from making this sort of temporary appointment, even though […]

December 20, 2011