Education Secretary Miguel Cardona testifies during a Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, April 30, 2024. (AP Photo / Susan Walsh)

With the latest action, the administration said it has canceled $167 billion in student debt for nearly 5 million Americans through several programs.

President Joe Biden, center, arrives on Air Force One at Dane County Regional Airport for an event on student loan debt at Madison College, Monday, April 8, 2024, in Madison, Wis. (AP Photo / Evan Vucci)

President Joe Biden said Monday that college graduates would see “life-changing” relief from his new plan to ease debt burdens for more than 30 million borrowers, the latest attempt by the Democratic president to make good on a campaign promise that could buoy his standing with young voters.

President Joe Biden speaks at Culver City Julian Dixon Library in Culver City, Calif., Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2024. (AP Photo / Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Joe Biden, who is in the midst of a three-day campaign swing through California, made the announcement as part of a new repayment plan that offers a faster path to forgiveness, putting the spotlight on his debt cancellation efforts in his reelection campaign.

Tom Ginsburg of the Forum for Free Inquiry and Expression at University of Chicago. (WTTW News)

“Those schools, the presidents that were up there testifying, while they were saying, ‘oh you know we preserve freedom of speech, we value freedom of speech,’ they in fact do have records of suppressing speech,” says Tom Ginsburg of the Forum for Free Inquiry and Expression. 

After his son (right) died, photographer Jose Refugio “Fugie” Almanza created a scholarship fund. (Provided)

After photographer Jose Refugio “Fugie” Almanza tragically lost his 12-year-old son, Almanza sought to turn his pain into purpose. He founded the Joseph Jr. Scholarship Foundation, which aims to help Latinos fund their college educations.

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Children from families in the top 1% financially are more than twice as likely to attend an elite university than those from middle-class families with comparable SAT and ACT scores, a new study found.

Janice Jackson, CEO of Hope Chicago, appears on “Chicago Tonight” on May 24, 2023. (WTTW News)

Janice Jackson serves as CEO of Hope Chicago, a two-generation scholarship program that aims to remove financial barriers for thousands of CPS students and their parents by allowing them to attend college debt-free.

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When it comes to paying off that debt, Black and Latino graduates are struggling. Nearly half of Black students owe an average of 12.5% more than they borrowed, according to the Education Data Initiative.

Graduates celebrate during the University of Delaware Class of 2022 commencement ceremony in Newark, Del., Saturday, May 28, 2022. (AP Photo / Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Borrowers who paid down their debt during a pandemic freeze that started in March 2020 can in fact get a refund — and then apply for forgiveness – but the process for doing that hasn’t always been clear. If you think you’re eligible, here’s what you need to know.

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A report by the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center shows a 5.4% drop in the head count of Latino undergraduates in fall of 2020. And for the first time in 20 years, the number of Hispanic-serving institutions of higher education dropped from 569 in 2022 to 559 in 2021.

Students wearing masks make their way through the University of Chicago campus, Thursday, May 6, 2021, in Chicago. (AP Photo / Shafkat Anowar)

Even as restrictions relax across much of the United States, colleges and universities have taken new steps to police campus life as the virus spreads through students who are among the last adults to get access to vaccines.

William “Rick” Singer, front, founder of the Edge College & Career Network, exits federal court in Boston on Tuesday, March 12, 2019, after he pleaded guilty to charges in a nationwide college admissions bribery scandal. (AP Photo / Steven Senne)

The mastermind of a wide-ranging college admissions scandal set up a charity that wove a deep web of deception and fraud to mask bribes and payoffs,according to prosecutors and tax documents reviewed by The Associated Press.

The statistics are sobering. Twenty-six percent of women on college campuses report having been sexually assaulted, according to a new report. We discuss the report, the issue of sexual assaults on college campuses and the impact of a new Illinois law that requires higher education institutions to establish sexual violence policies and responses.

Study Says 14 Percent Earn 4-Year Degrees

A new report updates the percentage of Chicago Public Schools' ninth-graders who will graduate from college by the time they turn 25.

Joel Weisman and his panel of journalists discuss the ramifications of the Northwestern football team’s effort to unionize. Watch the web extra video.

The National Labor Relations Board ruled that Northwestern University football players are employees and can unionize. Sports attorney and IIT Chicago-Kent adjunct professor Eldon L. Ham joins us to talk about the NLRB ruling. Read an interview with Chicago Sun-Times Sports Columnist and former Northwestern University football player Rick Telander about the ruling.