higher education

September 1, 2022

Debt forgiveness is welcome, but more state funding to higher education is needed

President Joe Biden announced in August that the federal government plans to forgive up to $20,000 of student debt for people who took out federal student loans. People who received Pell grants and earn less than $125,000 per year ($250,000 for married couples) can get up to $20,000 in debt forgiven, while non-Pell borrowers are eligible for up to $10,000 in relief.… Read more...

September 28, 2018

Louisiana ranks last in black student equity

Black citizens are underrepresented as undergraduates and on the faculties of America’s four-year public universities, according to a new report card by University of Southern California that was financed by the Ford Foundation. Nowhere is the problem worse than in Louisiana.

Number of the Day

121:1  - The ratio of black students to black faculty members at Nicholls State University - the highest among four-year public colleges in Louisiana. The state received the lowest score in the nation on a new scorecard for race equity in higher education  (Source: USC Race and Equity Center)
September 26, 2018

Food insecurity on the rise in Louisiana

Louisiana has seen the largest increase in food insecurity in the last decade, with 1 in 6 households struggling each year to afford a consistent, healthy diet, according to a new report from the United States Department of Agriculture.

Number of the Day

23,400 - Number of jobs Louisiana is predicted to add in 2019, a 1.2 percent increase. (Source: Baton Rouge Advocate)
September 12, 2018

A searing look at the ‘working poor’

Vanessa Solivan, of New Jersey, has three kids and a job she enjoys as a home health care aide. She also is sometimes forced to sleep in the back of her station wagon because the money she earns, along with the paltry government assistance she receives, isn’t enough to keep a roof over her family’s head.

Number of the Day

8.4 - Percentage of Louisianans without health insurance in 2017, down from 10.3 percent the previous year. (Source: U.S. Census Bureau; American Community Survey)