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  Member College News
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King’s College (Pa.) Ranks in Top 10 Nationally in Public Service; Maintains High Ranking in “Washington Monthly” Outcomes Poll
posted: Aug 28th   source: kings.edu  
For the sixth consecutive year, King’s College (Pa.) has been recognized as among the best master’s degree granting institutions in the country in a national ranking which recognizes higher learning institutions for service to the community and social mobility of the student body. King’s placed 114th of almost 700 colleges and universities in the final rankings.

King’s ranked 9th nationally from among 673...
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  Higher Ed and Washington
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Time to Fix the Fafsa
posted: Aug 28th   source: nytimes.com  
Is Congress finally ready to pass legislation to make it easier to apply for federal financial aid? The FAFSA has 105 questions and 88 pages of instructions; it's as torturous and perplexing as a federal income tax form. Eliminating most questions would have little impact on the final aid decision but would greatly increase applications by deserving students.
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  General College News
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Misericordia University hosting Tibetan monks for series of lectures, creation of sand mandala
posted: Aug 26th   source: misericordia.edu  
Misericordia University will host Tibetan monks from the Gaden Shartse Phukhang Monastery in India during the week of Oct. 5-9. The purpose of the visit is to share the monks’ culture, as well as practices and paths to inner peace and compassion. The public is invited attend two lectures and a musical program, and watch as the monks create a sand mandala during the week in the Pauly Friedman Art Gallery, Sandy and...
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  Tuition & Financial Aid News
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Tuition Discounting Grows Again at Private Colleges & Universities
posted: Aug 25th   source: insidehighered.com  
Private colleges continue to raise their tuition discount rates - despite decreasing enrollment and declining revenue. A survey of 411 colleges showed that, on average, private colleges’ discount rate - institutional grant dollars as a percentage of gross tuition and fee revenue -- reached 48% for freshmen in 2014. 89% of freshmen received a discount.
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  General College News
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Misericordia University earns 'Best Bang for the Buck' designation from Washington Monthly Magazine
posted: Aug 25th   source: misericordia.edu  
Misericordia University moved up 24 places and is ranked among the top 37 percent of all master’s degree-granting institutions of higher education in the country by Washington Monthly magazine in a survey that stresses community service and social mobility of students.
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  College Admissions News
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6 Myths About the College Search Process
posted: Aug 24th   source: linkedin.com  
High school students, here are 6 college search myths to get out of your head this year: “I haven’t heard of that school; it must not be any good.” “I should take easier classes so I can get better grades to boost my GPA.” “I have to know what I want to major in before I apply to college.” “My dad (mom/brother/sister) graduated from that college; I’m a shoo-in for admission!”
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  College Admissions News
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Word of the Day Wednesday: Early Action/Early Decision
posted: Aug 24th   source: mefa.org  
'Early Action' is non-binding in admissions, meaning that there's no obligation to attend. Students often apply thru EA because of the relief that comes with receiving a college acceptance letter. 'Early Decision' is a binding admissions process requiring the student to attend if accepted (with affordability not guaranteed).
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  Student Loan News
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How the attempt to fix student loans got bogged down by the middlemen
posted: Aug 24th   source: washingtonpost.com  
The Dept. of Education has grown into one of the biggest U.S. money lenders, overseeing a $1.2 trillion portfolio of student debt - rivaling the entire loan business of JPMorgan Chase - with a staff similar in size to that of the National Weather Service. There are serious problems with 'outsourcing' - with the contractors hired to service and collect the loans.
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  College Savings News
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3 Important College Funding Questions to Answer During a Divorce
posted: Aug 24th   source: usnews.com  
Divorcing parents need to discuss who will take ownership of the 529 plan - and who gets to claim the child as a dependent on his/her tax return? Experts say the non-custodial parent should own the 529 because the non-custodial parent's assets and income are not included on the FAFSA. The parent who does not own the account should be designated as an authorized user.
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  Campus Finances
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College athletes cashing in with millions in new benefits
posted: Aug 24th   source: cnbc.com  
This is the first semester that big-time NCAA Division 1 scholarship schools can offer to pay living expenses to athletes that are more reasonable or more generous (depending on your point of view). The total price tag could amount to $160 million in additional aid, according to a USA Today study.
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  Paying For College
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13 Things College Students Don't Need
posted: Aug 24th   source: msn.com  
There are ways to save money when your student is in college. Don't buy new textbooks, a high-end laptop, a printer, a pricey smart phone, a car, a big meal plan. Avoid cable TV and high credit card & bank fees (investigate overdraft protection). Do you need campus health insurance? Are cheap laundry plans available? Can you save money or student loans?
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  Member College News
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Beloit releases annual mind set list of what freshmen know and don't know
posted: Aug 24th   source: insidehighered.com  
Each August since 1998, Beloit College has released its "mind-set list" to help faculty and administrators understand what a new class of freshmen have experienced and not experienced. Freshmen have never licked a postage stamp. Google has existed during their entire lifetime. Their parents grew up with camcorders & Amoco gas stations but not cell phones.
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  Student Loan News
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Borrowing For College Set To Hit 5-Year Low
posted: Aug 24th   source: huffingtonpost.com  
College students this past fall likely borrowed the least amount for higher education in 5 years amid declining overall enrollment and a drop in lending to students at for-profit schools. Two-thirds of new debt goes to undergraduates and parents - 45% at public colleges, 34% at private non-profits and 21% at private for-profits. One-third of new debt goes to grad students.
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  General College News
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The MOOC Revolution That Wasn't
posted: Aug 24th   source: kernelmag.dailydot.com  
Just a few short years after participating elite colleges bragged about how this would revolutionize higher education, Massive Online Open Courses (MOOCs) are faltering. The course completion rate is 15%. MOOCs provide job training for the tech sector. 80% of students already have college degrees. It's education for the "haves," not for the "have-nots."
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  General College News
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Taking My Parents to College
posted: Aug 23rd   source: nytimes.com  
A freshman-year, first-day experience: "I was a first-generation college student - first in our family to be born in America — and we didn’t yet know that families were supposed to leave pretty much right after they unloaded your stuff from the car... My dad had booked their hotel through the day after my classes officially began. They’d used all their vacation days from work and had been saving for months to...
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  Higher Ed and Washington
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Fafsa Follies: To Gain a Student, Eliminate a Form
posted: Aug 23rd   source: nytimes.com  
Many smart students forgo college in the mistaken belief it's unaffordable. The financial aid system, intended to increase opportunities for low-income students, is largely to blame. But, a bipartisan bill, sponsored by Lamar Alexander (TN) & Michael Bennet (CO) would cut the lengthy federal aid application, now longer than the 1040 IRS form, to just 2 questions.
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  General College News
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Hack of Ashley Madison website affairs reveals many .edu addresses
posted: Aug 23rd   source: insidehighered.com  
The hack of the Ashley Madison website, where those seeking extramarital affairs could theoretically communicate privately, has led to analysis of the 36 million names of registrants now publicly available. Of the 15,000 college .edu website addresses, the leaders included Michigan State (696), Penn State (679), Kent State (653), Virginia Tech, Ohio State, U. of Minnesota, U of Michigan and NYU.
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  General College News
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The Town That Decided to Send All Its Kids to College
posted: Aug 23rd   source: theatlantic.com  
Residents of Baldwin, Michigan, pooled together their money to provide scholarships for everyone, and it changed the town profoundly. Baldwin Promise pays up to $5,000 a year for any student from the Baldwin public schools to attend a public or private college in the state. It's a middle-dollar scholarship, which means it comes after the student has applied for Pell Grants and institutional scholarships.
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  Tuition & Financial Aid News
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Billions in Pell dollars go to students who never graduate
posted: Aug 23rd   source: hechingerreport.org  
An analysis of Pell grant graduation rate data from a cross section of colleges and universities suggests that billions of dollars in taxpayer-funded Pell grants nationwide go to students who never earn degrees. Lindenwood U. (MO) was cited for a significantly above-average graduation rate with Pell students; Liberty U. (VA) was cited for poor performance.
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  Campus Finances
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Paul Smith’s College Will Get $20 Million, if It Changes Its Name
posted: Aug 23rd   source: nytimes.com  
Paul Smith’s College in upstate New York has a $36.6 million annual budget. Joan Weill, the college’s most generous benefactor, has pledged a $20 million donation. But the gift comes with a controversial requirement. In accepting the money, the college’s board must agree to change the name to Joan Weill-Paul Smith’s College.
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