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Have To Retake Algebra I? Bad Placement Tests May Be To Blame

On Monday the Nashua Telegraph published an article with some scary numbers: 78% of freshmen at Nashua Community College coming from Nashua public high schools require remedial coursework.  This is higher than the national community college remediation rate, which is close to 60% — and it doesn’t include those students who frequently require remediation because […]

To Make College Shopping Easier, White House Launches “Know Before You Owe”

It’s not every day that the US Secretary of Education calls me wanting to talk, but on Tuesday afternoon that’s just what happened.  When I asked Secretary Duncan what he wanted to talk about, he said, “college affordability.” Earlier that day he, Vice President Joe Biden, and Consumer Financial Bureau Director Richard Cordray kicked off […]

How State Budget Cuts Affect Your Property Taxes

A new report finds that Granite State communities are leaning more and more heavily on property taxes.  Examining data from 2007-2010, the New Hampshire Center for Public Policy Studies found: “Total municipal appropriations per person have leveled off considerably over the past three years compared with pre-recession trends.  At the same time, we see that […]

State Budget Cuts Hurt Health, Higher Education And Essential Services The Most

A look back at this year’s major state budget cuts shows who took the hardest hits in New Hampshire. As the Nashua Telegraph reports, with $1 billion slashed from the budget, more agencies than usual felt the effects. Republican legislators heralded the budget as a victory for smaller government, shaving more than $1 billion, or 11 […]

After UNH, Plymouth State’s Class of ’10 Had Highest Average Student Debt

This week, we’ve been taking an up-close look at a report released by the Project on Student Debt called, “Student Debt and the Class of 2010.”  We’re working on getting behind the numbers cited in earlier posts (here and here), which found the average student debt carried by an alum of UNH‘s Durham campus is […]

Interview: New Hampshire Leads Country In Student Debt

If you’ve been following our work this week, StateImpact’s been taking a closer look at student debt in New Hampshire.  All Things Considered host Brady Carlson checked out the site and decided to interview one of our reporters about what we know so far about student debt in the Granite State.

New England Carries Some Of The Country’s Heaviest Student Loan Debt

Recently, we’ve been looking into student debt in New Hampshire.  (You can read the initial posts here and here.)  As the Project on Student Debt reports, the Class of 2010 took on a record amount of loans–an average of $25,250 nationally. And the newly-graduated in New Hampshire took on the heaviest burden in the country, […]

StateImpact’s Delving Behind The Student Debt Numbers For Dartmouth And UNH

Yesterday, we posted a piece comparing the student debt load of New Hampshire residents to the rest of the country.  (You can read it here.)  But one set of figures reported by the Project on Student Debt–and reported by the Union-Leader continues to stand out: Average Class of 2010 student debt nationally:  $25,250 Average Class […]

Student Debt Reaches Record Levels–And NH Leads The Pack

Student debt has been a popular topic lately.  The big figure currently bandied about is that American students and alumni are carrying a trillion dollars of debt. But that figure, $1,000,000,000,000, it feels so…abstract.  I’ve never even seen a million dollars, let alone a billion or a trillion.  What can a trillion dollars buy? It […]

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