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  General College News
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The Liberal Arts Majors That Pay the Most
posted: Oct 21st   source: blogs.wsj.com  
Parents, don’t despair. Even if your child spends four years of college delving deep into poetry, he or she can still earn a decent salary. The top-paying liberal arts majors for 2014 graduates are foreign languages & literature (average starting salary $46,900) and English ($42,200). Criminal justice is the lowest-paying ($36,200).
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  College Admissions News
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Americans apply to so many schools that it’s messing up college admissions
posted: Oct 20th   source: qz.com  
College applications jumped 70% from 2004 to 2013. But there’s only been a 5% increase in high school graduates. The applications increase, meant to encourage a more diverse freshman class and aided by the Common App, is backfiring on many schools. Colleges have a really hard time determining how many freshmen might actually enroll.
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  General College News
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A Bit of College Can Be Worse Than None at All
posted: Oct 20th   source: online.wsj.com  
The number of students who don’t complete college is growing. Nearly one-third of students who started college in 2012 didn’t return the following year. 'Dropouts' often aren't considered for professional-track jobs. They start their careers years behind their peers who entered the workforce with just high-school diplomas. And, many have student loans to boot.
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  Member College News
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Moore CEO advice: Cracking the toughest nut
posted: Oct 20th   source: philly.com  
Moore College of Art & Design recently hosted its second annual Leadership Conference for Women in the Arts. President Cecelia Fitzgibbon spoke about how a promotion can mean supervising a staff where everyone is older than you. How do you succeed?
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  Tuition & Financial Aid News
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Questions Parents Must Ask When Visiting Colleges to Save Themselves Money
posted: Oct 20th   source: collegesavings.about.com  
Do students here receive the same amount of financial aid in their sophomore year as they do in their freshman year? What are all the deadlines I need to know about? How long do most students attend this college to get this particular degree? What are the estimated total costs to complete the degree?
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  Tuition & Financial Aid News
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Fear the FAFSA? 5 mistakes to avoid when applying for college financial aid
posted: Oct 20th   source: oregonlive.com  
Read the directions before filling out the FAFSA. Read them again. List your earnings correctly. Know what assets count. Value real estate correctly. Don't list your business if you don't have to. If there's a divorce, know who which parent should fill out the FAFSA. Hint: Who is the student living with?
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  College Admissions News
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Arriving at the AHA Moment – Excitement Drives Enrollments
posted: Oct 20th   source: longmire-co.com  
As a past Dean of Admission, I created a visit day agenda that would capture the five senses. “You are here today to see, smell, taste, touch and hear this campus,” I would say in my welcoming remarks to the visiting students and their families. “Using these five senses will give you an ‘AHA Moment’ about this being the right campus for you."
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  Paying For College
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Beware paying college fees with credit cards
posted: Oct 20th   source: usatoday.com  
Paying for one's college tuition by going online and using a credit card sounds convenient. But it's also an easy way to get hit with hundreds of dollars in extra fees.
The average convenience fee for colleges that accept credit cards is 2.62%, according to a new survey - an extra $262 for every $10,000 in tuition & other costs.
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  Higher Ed and Washington
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A New Kind of College Rating System
posted: Oct 18th   source: insidehighered.com  
The Obama Administration is working on a college rating system, but will it be helpful? If job statistics are included, should colleges be held responsible for the state of the labor market? Can a system truly measure how far a student has moved intellectually, developmentally, and professionally? If so, maybe Harvard & Yale would be at the bottom - and a community college at the top.
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  Tuition & Financial Aid News
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A College Financial Aid Guide for Families Who Have Saved Nothing
posted: Oct 18th   source: nytimes.com  
For families with little or nothing saved, begin with a crash course in how colleges make decisions about financial aid. Calculate your EFC (expected family contribution). Then, use the federal government’s College Navigator site to figure out a school’s actual average cost of attendance - by income range, including room and board and other expenses.
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  Higher Ed and Washington
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Why Colleges Don’t Want to Be Judged by Their Graduation Rates
posted: Oct 18th   source: chronicle.com  
The Obama Administration plans to release a college-rating system that is likely to include graduation rates as a key measure of institutional success. That worries colleges, which have long complained that the official government figures leave out many successful graduates. The ratings will likely exclude older students, community college grads, transfers and many minority students.
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  Student Loan News
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As Complaints Over Private Student Loans Rise, Repayment Information Remains Scarce
posted: Oct 18th   source: chronicle.com  
Borrowers with private student loans face increasingly uncertain — and often conflicting — information from the servicers of those loans, says a report issued by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Annual complaints to the CFPB rose 38%. Customer service reps are often unable to provide borrowers with options to lower their monthly payments - now required for federal loans.
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  College Admissions News
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Want to Ace That Test? Get the Right Kind of Sleep
posted: Oct 18th   source: parenting.blogs.nytimes.com  
Sleep is learning. Scientists now argue that a primary purpose of sleep is learning consolidation. Teaching “sleep study skills.” If it’s a French test, turn off the lights at your normal bedtime and get up early to study. If it’s a music recital, do the opposite: stay up a little later preparing, and sleep until your normal alarm time.
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  Member College News
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Eckerd College returns to St. Petersburg Science Festival
posted: Oct 13th   source: eckerd.edu  
Eckerd College returns to the 4th Annual St. Petersburg Science Festival on Saturday, Oct. 18, with a tent full of hands-on activities for all ages.
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  Member College News
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Lawrence Tech students win two sustainability grants from Ford Fund
posted: Oct 13th   source: ltu.edu  
Two student projects at Lawrence Technological University have won $25,000 Ford College Community Challenge (Ford C3) grants that promote sustainability and innovation.
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  Student Loan News
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Everything you need to know about Parent PLUS Loans
posted: Oct 13th   source: college.usatoday.com  
When all other financial aid options have been explored, you may decide to take out your own federal Direct PLUS loan to help pay for a college education.

But PLUS loans have come under fire in recent years.
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  Member College News
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Elmhurst College President Ray to End His Service in June
posted: Oct 13th   source: chicagotribune.com  
Dr. S. Alan Ray will conclude his tenure as president of Elmhurst College on June 30, 2015. He will have served for seven years as the College's 13th president.
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  Member College News
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Carlow University Ranked Among Top 6% Nationally for Employment Outcomes
posted: Oct 13th   source: carlow.edu  
A recent survey of more than 1,200 colleges ranks Carlow University 69th in the nation in terms of helping its students improve their earnings and attain quality employment after graduation. Carlow is one of seven schools in Pennsylvania, and the only regional institution, listed in the top 100.
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  Student Loan News
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Student Loan Reality Check
posted: Oct 13th   source: fool.com  
With college students back in classes for the fall semester, their parents can only hope that they are making the best use of their time and money. There is a lot at stake -- the amount of student loans outstanding is approaching $1.3 trillion, having mushroomed by more than 50 percent in less than three years.
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  College Admissions News
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Average SAT Scores Show Little Change
posted: Oct 11th   source: insidehighered.com  
Just 42.6% of the 1.6 million students who took the SATs and entered college this fall met the College Board's College and Career Readiness Benchmark - a combined score of 1,550. That score means 65% likelihood that a student will have a first-year GPA of B- or higher at a four-year college - varying significantly by ethnicity.
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