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

Amid nationwide enrollment drops, some HBCUs are growing. So are threats.

As overall college enrollment falls, larger historically Black colleges are welcoming more students. But old tensions have returned.

February 11, 2022

This HBCU wants to better serve military students. It will soon offer them free tuition.

The public historically Black university, which serves a high number of military-connected students, wants to strengthen ties to that community and encourage other HBCUs to do the same.

February 3, 2022

Former financial aid director at a Virginia community college indicted on charges of fraud and theft

Justice Department prosecutors say Kiesha Pope, the former director of financial aid at J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College in Richmond, embezzled funds for nearly a decade.

February 2, 2022

House panel says nonprofit Everglades College enriches its owner

House Education committee chair Rep. Robert "Bobby" Scott wants the department to investigate whether Everglades College is masquerading as a nonprofit while owner Arthur Keiser, chair of an Education Department committee, benefits from the school's earnings.

February 2, 2022

Delayed vote on Pell Grant increase could disrupt college financial aid offers

Colleges must decide whether to issue award letters with outdated numbers or hold off until federal appropriators are through with their work.

January 21, 2022

Biden administration urges colleges to use covid relief funds to meet students’ basic needs

As the public health crisis continues to rattle college students, Education Secretary Miguel Cardona and first lady Jill Biden are imploring schools to use pandemic relief funds to assist with housing, food and other basic needs.

January 20, 2022

Lawsuit against Georgetown, other schools, renews questions over admissions practices

Rather than fostering socioeconomic diversity, a new lawsuit says Georgetown and 15 other elite universities are chasing wealth and prestige while limiting scholarships to middle-class families.

January 16, 2022

Colleges lost 465,000 students this fall. The continued erosion of enrollment is raising alarm.

Dire enrollment numbers of the last two years are becoming the enduring trend, as nationwide headcounts are down once again this fall.

January 13, 2022

Navient reaches $1.85 billion settlement over student loan practices

Navient will cancel $1.7 billion in private student loan debt and pay out $95 million to borrowers it is accused of steering into costly repayment plans.

January 13, 2022

Judge critical of Biden administration’s progress on student debt relief claims

A federal judge says the Biden administration has made no progress on clearing the backlog of debt relief claims from defrauded borrowers.

January 12, 2022