Pittsburgh’s streak of gaining residents has come to an end

Pittsburgh’s population decreased by an estimated 1,374 people to 304,391 people from July 1, 2014, to July 1, 2015, according to new data from the U.S. Census Bureau.

It was the second consecutive year of population decreases for the city after three rare years of population increases.

Those three years from 2011 to 2013 were the city’s only recent yearly population increases.

Education Department assesses opportunities for low-income students

A new report released Thursday by the U.S. Department of Education emphasizes the gaps between low-income college students and their more affluent peers.

The report highlighted both public and private colleges and universities throughout the country by comparing the institutions’ percentage of Pell grant recipients and analyzing strategies used to retain these students.