Danielle Douglas-Gabriel

Washington, D.C.

National higher education reporter covering the economics of higher education

Education: Columbia University, New York University

Danielle Douglas-Gabriel is a national higher education reporter who covers college affordability, accountability and state and federal financial aid policy. She writes about higher education from the perspective of a first-generation college graduate who relied on need-based grants, scholarships, loans and working to pay tuition. Her interests include racial equity within higher education, helping families navigate the financial aid system and exploring the barriers to achieving a postsecondary credential. Danielle joined the national economy desk in July 2012 from Capital Business, a Post
Latest from Danielle Douglas-Gabriel

    What to know about Biden’s student loan income-driven repayment plan

    The Saving on a Valuable Education plan is the most generous student loan repayment option afforded by the Education Department.

    January 19, 2024

      Who has student loan debt in America?

      Public awareness of education debt is high amid debates over loan forgiveness, yet little is discussed of how the debt shakes out.

      January 19, 2024

      Some student loan borrowers in Biden payment plan to get debt relief sooner

      The Education Department in February will begin forgiving the debts of some student loan borrowers enrolled in President Biden’s new repayment plan — nearly six months ahead of its self-imposed July deadline.

      January 12, 2024

      After Harvard and Penn resignations, who wants to be a college president?

      The resignation of Claudine Gay from Harvard and Liz Magill from the University of Pennsylvania highlighted the escalating pressures on college presidents.

      January 12, 2024

      Massachusetts, Nelnet reach $1.8M settlement over student loan servicing

      Nelnet, one the largest student loan servicers, will pay $1.8 million to settle charges of failing to communicate with borrowers about renewing their enrollment in income-driven repayment plans.

      January 11, 2024

      More student loan servicers face punishment for delayed borrower notices

      The Education Department said three more student loan servicers, which collect payments on the government’s behalf, face fines for sending late billing statements.

      January 5, 2024

      Resignation at Harvard latest but not last salvo in GOP war on colleges

      The resignation of Claudine Gay as Harvard president was the latest battle in a conservative war on higher education and raised questions including how the GOP might continue to pressure universities,

      January 3, 2024

      FAFSA rollout off to a rocky start

      The much-awaited launch of the redesigned Free Application for Federal Student Aid got off to a rough start as families had trouble accessing the form.

      January 2, 2024

        The new FAFSA form for college aid is out. Five things to know.

        The new Free Application for Federal Student Aid is here and promises to deliver more financial aid to college students without a lengthy application process.

        December 31, 2023

        Experts can’t agree on Biden’s new student loan relief plan. What’s next.

        After three months of negotiations, a panel of higher education experts could not agree on key elements of the Biden administration’s latest student loan forgiveness plan.

        December 13, 2023