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  College Admissions News
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High School Juniors Can Start Thinking About Essays Now
posted: 3 hours ago   source: collegesavings.about.com  
It's time for high school juniors to step up to the plate and begin thinking about applying to college. 549 schools use The Common Application, which recently issued this year's 5 questions for the 650-word personal essay. Here they are. It's your choice which question to answer... but start thinking now. The Common App will be available online August 1.
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  General College News
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Corinthian Colleges Shuts Down, Ending Classes for 16,000 Overnight
posted: 4 hours ago   source: nbcnews.com  
In the biggest shutdown in the history of U.S. higher education, Corinthian Colleges closed its remaining 28 for-profit schools mid-semester, kicking about 16,000 students out of school. The U.S. Education Department recently fined Corinthian $30 million for misrepresented job placement data and altered grades & attendance records.
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  Higher Ed and Washington
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Keep on Top of Congressional Budget Activities
posted: 4 hours ago   source: collegesavings.about.com  
Both the Republican-controlled House of Representatives and the Senate have passed budget resolutions - for the fiscal year starting Oct. 1 - that would cut over $100 billion from student aid programs over the next ten years. While the President seems inclined to make college more accessible, these changes could serve as deterrents if implemented.
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  General College News
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College for the Masses
posted: 5 hours ago   source: nytimes.com  
Two new studies have come to remarkably similar conclusions: Enrolling in a four-year college, rather than a 2-year school, brings large benefits to marginal students - 3 times as many bachelor's degrees, higher employment and 22% higher earnings. Learning to navigate college fosters a quality that social scientists have taken to calling 'grit'. No grit, no degree... and student loans to pay off.
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  Student Loan News
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Navigating the Thickets of Student Loan Counseling
posted: Apr 24th   source: mobile.nytimes.com  
All students with federal student loans must complete counseling sessions before they borrow their first dollar - and do it again once they finish their degree. Most colleges use online modules that the federal Education Department supplies. The modules deserve a grade of "F". They're not interactive, dull, use jargon and are typically offered when freshmen are totally distracted.
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  General College News
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The Catch in Arizona State's Low-Cost Freshman Year Online: No Aid
posted: Apr 24th   source: m.chronicle.com  
When Arizona State U. announced it will let students take their entire freshman year online, at a sharply discounted rate, it didn't highlight that students who sign up will not be eligible for federal aid. The target market for the "Global Freshman Academy" is bright, low-confidence, low-income students. To date, only 7% of students who start MOOCs are completing the courses.
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  General College News
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Federal solutions to our student loan problem
posted: Apr 24th   source: washingtonpost.com  
To really make a dent in student debt, Congress must allow students to refinance existing debt. Unlike homeowners or businesses, student borrowers can’t refinance their loans to take advantage of lower interest rates - outrageous. Step 2: Make income-based repayment automatic. But, let students opt out if they want to. How about a cap of 10% of take-home pay?
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  College Admissions News
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Other ways to look at student migration patterns
posted: Apr 24th   source: examiner.com  
Research shows about 55% of last year’s college freshman class stayed within 100 miles of home. Students who do cross state lines (or who travel farther to college) are generally wealthier and have parents who are college-educated - a tempting target for a college looking to increase its out-of-state student population.
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  Tuition & Financial Aid News
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We Need the Liberal Arts More Than Ever in Today's Digitial World, Zakaria Says
posted: Apr 24th   source: huffingtonpost.com  
Too many Americans - and politicians - are turning away from the liberal arts at a time when they are needed more than ever to develop the communications skills that must be integrated with any successful technology, says author Fareed Zakaria. Ex.: selling sneakers requires more than research & engineering; it also takes design, management, branding, advertising & marketing.
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  General College News
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14 Locations of DeVry U. Will Close, Parent Company Announces
posted: Apr 24th   source: chronicle.com  
The DeVry Education Group will close 14 campuses of its namesake DeVry University after a 15% decline in undergraduate enrollment. Earnings also declined. Campus closings include Detroit, Houston, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Pittsburgh, Portland (OR), Seattle, St. Louis and Tampa.
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  College Admissions News
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Report Cites Low-Income Students' Success at Small Private Colleges
posted: Apr 24th   source: insidehighered.com  
Non-wealthy private colleges are often left out of the discussion about how low-income students can get access to and succeed in higher education, with policy-makers focusing on community & for-profit colleges. In a new report from CIC, small private colleges argue that they provide more access to such students - with far better outcomes.
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  College Admissions News
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A high US News ranking doesn't mean a college is actually good
posted: Apr 24th   source: vox.com  
A new study has found almost no relationship between high rankings (in publications such as U.S. News) and measures of student-faculty engagement. Typically, students at highly-ranked colleges said they interacted with faculty less than their peers do at lower-ranked colleges. Often, going to a higher-ranked college seems to put students at a disadvantage.
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  College Admissions News
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Admissions Leaders Question the Ethics of new Common App Question
posted: Apr 23rd   source: insidehighered.com  
The Common Application is planning to let colleges add a question that some admissions leaders believe is unethical and will encourage more gaming of the admissions process. The question: Where else are you applying? Some colleges have used answers to a similar question on the FAFSA to reject some applicants and to offer others smaller aid packages.
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  College Savings News
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Children's Savings Accounts Help States Create 'College-Going Culture'
posted: Apr 23rd   source: pewtrusts.org  
Each of the roughly 12,500 babies born in Maine each year now receives a $500 grant deposited automatically in a college savings account. Children who have even small savings accounts for college are seven times more likely to attend and graduate from college than those who have no savings accounts, according to a new study.
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  Member College News
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Joseph R. Marbach, Ph.D., Named New President of Georgian Court University
posted: Apr 22nd   source: georgian.edu  
Georgian Court University announces the appointment of Joseph R. Marbach, Ph.D., as its new president. Dr. Marbach is currently provost and vice president for academic affairs at La Salle University in Philadelphia. When he begins work July 1, he will become the first man and first lay president in Georgian Court's 107-year history.
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  Tuition & Financial Aid News
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Figuring out your financial-aid package
posted: Apr 21st   source: marketwatch.com  
HS seniors can be forgiven for thinking that comparing college financial aid offers requires an advanced degree. Many colleges list grants together with loans that must be paid back - or gloss over fees & expenses that can amount to thousands of dollars. Some letters show the total costs; others leave aspiring engineers & artists to do the math on their own.
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  College Admissions News
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When a Friend Chooses a College, Be Happy or Be Quiet
posted: Apr 20th   source: thechoice.blogs.nytimes.com  
Choosing a college is an intensely personal decision. If a student's choice isn't the one you would have made, be supportive or be quiet! Your well-intentioned but critical comments will only illustrate your utter lack of EQ. Realize that a generous scholarship can push a less-coveted institution into serious contention (which, after all, is precisely what merit aid is designed to do).
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  Higher Ed and Washington
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Education Dept. Signs $4 million colleges ratings contract
posted: Apr 20th   source: insidehighered.com  
The U.S. Department of Education has set aside more than $4 million to develop the Obama administration’s proposed college ratings system. The quality of data underlying the college ratings system has been among the most contentious issues. Opponents argue that federal data are too incomplete to derive meaningful ratings.
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  College Admissions News
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Can Your College Acceptance Get Rescinded?
posted: Apr 20th   source: collegesavings.about.com  
Did you know that your college acceptance isn’t a lock? Buried somewhere in the letter you received with the good news might be a sentence that says something along the lines of, “based on the successful completion of your senior year” or “we expect that you will remain fully engaged.” Don't get arrested - or let your grades drop significantly!
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  College Admissions News
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An Admissions Scandal Shows How Administrators’ Ethics ‘Fade’
posted: Apr 20th   source: chronicle.com  
A study of the 2009 University of Illinois admissions scandal, which centered on the favoritism for applicants with ties to politicians, donors and university officials, concludes that administrative misconduct frequently is "an organizational problem that demands organizational solutions." When a state school needs politicians to approve more state aid...
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