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Colleges send each prospective student a letter detailing a financial aid award package — but many families say the letters are difficult to understand.

Paying For College

First Test For College Hopefuls? Decoding Financial Aid Letters

You got in! But just how much money is that school offering you? Financial aid award letters can be confusing, so we've put together a sample letter — and translated it into plain English.

President Obama, with Vice President Biden, speaks about the Affordable Care Act on Tuesday in the Rose Garden.

Politics

NPR Poll: Obamacare More Popular Than President

After a horrendous October rollout, the ACA is viewed a little more favorably now. But the number of people who intensely oppose the law is 12 percentage points higher than those who strongly back it.

Emma Donoghue's previous novel was Room.

Author Interviews

A Song Of Frogs, Motherhood And Murder In Swampy San Francisco

Author Emma Donoghue's new novel, Frog Music, imagines a new solution to the 1876 murder of a San Francisco frog-catcher — and fits in a lot of raw and raunchy popular songs along the way.

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