Check out EducationOption for this week's top stories on higher education....
-- The majority of new graduates are struggling to secure careers, as the unemployment rate among them is the highest ever recorded at 9.1 percent. It's a fact that could not come at a more unfortunate time, considering they are also facing more student loan debt than any class before them/ According to a new study by the Project on Student Debt, two-thirds of students who graduated in 2010 are facing steep student loan debt. Read more here.
-- The Occupy Colleges movement, comprised of students who express solidarity with Occupy Wall Street, called for young people across the country to join a national event this week. Find out here why students and professors participate in the National Student Solidarity Teach-In.
-- Wake up -- it might improve your G.P.A.! A recent study shows that students who drag themselves out of bed to get to an early class actually have better grades. Believe it or not, students with 8 a.m. classes tend to have more regular sleep patterns and stricter daily routines -- which could account for their better grades. Learn why alcohol also plays a role here.
-- President Barack Obama said Wednesday that help is on the way for college graduates who are drowning in student loans. The President said he will speed up a plan to cap student loan payments at 10 percent of income. It was slated to start in 2014, but it will now start in 2012. Student debt will also now be forgiven after 20 years, instead of 25 years under current law. Paying off more than one loan? Find out how you could bundle here.