Stories by Marian Wang

Marian Wang is a reporter for ProPublica, covering education and college debt.  subscribe to Marian Wang's feed

Posted on: Dec 11, 2014, Source: Salon

Trying to open the books of for-profit management companies hired by charter schools is a difficult task.

Posted on: Nov 11, 2014, Source: Pro Publica

The schools' management company believes the salaries paid to administrators qualify as a trade secret.

Posted on: Oct 15, 2014, Source: ProPublica

Businesses can now run chains of public schools, conflicts of interest be damned.

Posted on: Apr 8, 2014, Source: Pro Publica

New federal study reveals loan default rate tripled in the past four years, and taxpayers are picking up the tab.

Posted on: Mar 12, 2014, Source: ProPublica

Universities rarely release the specific criteria behind their aid decisions. Could a little-known regulation help open the black box?

Posted on: Jan 9, 2014, Source: ProPublica

Those slashed retail prices that fueled your holiday shopping binges might be illusions. We explain why college pricing is similar – but even less transparent.

Posted on: Oct 15, 2013, Source: ProPublica

Many are worried that as public universities gain freedom, they will end up sidelining broader goals such as access and affordability.

Posted on: Sep 11, 2013, Source: Pro Publica

"Smart students that can pay" — the financial aid tactic state colleges are increasingly copying from private institutions.

Posted on: Sep 11, 2013, Source: ProPublica

Public universities have gradually shifted their priorities — and a growing portion of their aid dollars — away from low-income students.

Posted on: Apr 1, 2013, Source: ProPublica

Some colleges are increasingly hiding rising costs under "fees" in fear of raising tuition.

Posted on: Dec 28, 2012, Source: ProPublica

A California gardener lost his son and was saddled with a crushing debt. Four years later, he's finally reached a partial resolution.

Posted on: Oct 23, 2012, Source: ProPublica

The Department of Education has a model financial aid award letter. It's very different from what schools are actually sending.

Posted on: Oct 7, 2012, Source: ProPublica, The Chronicle of Higher Education

Exposing the dangers of the so-called "Parent Plus" loans.

Posted on: Jul 24, 2012, Source: ProPublica

Just like those who took out mortgages at the height of the market, private student loan borrowers are now suffering from the excesses of that period.

Posted on: Jun 14, 2012, Source: ProPublica

Despite the help of a lawyer, he has not been able to determine exactly how much he owes, or even what company holds his loans.

Posted on: May 7, 2012, Source: ProPublica

One million borrowers have discovered their federal student loans randomly transferred to new loan-serving companies -- and little about the transition has been smooth.

Posted on: Sep 22, 2011, Source: ProPublica

Experts say that no, regulations do not in fact destroy jobs--they shift jobs within the economy. So why do even Democrats repeat the Republican talking point?

Posted on: Jun 7, 2011, Source: ProPublica

It almost goes without saying that a sex scandal and lovechild splashed in the headlines would have hurt—if not derailed—Edwards’ campaign.

Posted on: May 16, 2011, Source: ProPublica

Providers of civil legal services to the poor are having to furlough their staff, triage their clients, and turn away more people in need.

Posted on: Apr 5, 2011, Source: ProPublica

In 2008, the FAA faced criticism from investigators for acting too cozy with the airline industry -- in particular, with Southwest.

Posted on: Jan 24, 2011, Source: ProPublica

State health officials deliberately chose not to enforce laws giving abortion clinics the same level of care as other medical service providers.

Posted on: Dec 2, 2010, Source: ProPublica

Posted on: Dec 1, 2010, Source: ProPublica

Many legal experts seem to agree: the so-called technicalities go to the heart of the American system of law and property rights.

Posted on: Nov 15, 2010, Source: ProPublica

According to TRAC, judges have rejected removal orders for more than a quarter of a million individuals in the past five years.

Posted on: Oct 19, 2010, Source: ProPublica

The new report notes the U.S. Treasury’s awkward position of being both a regulator and a client of Fannie and Freddie

Posted on: Oct 6, 2010, Source: ProPublica

Despite the risks to the kids, adolescents in detention are being given antipsychotic drugs instead of counseling.

Posted on: Sep 21, 2010, Source: ProPublica

A new report finds that activists--including a Quaker peace activist and a Catholic religious community--were placed on terrorism watchlists by the FBI.

Posted on: Sep 13, 2010, Source: ProPublica

Citi got off with a slap of the hand, but Rubin and other execs weren't even held accountable.