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  Student Loan News
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How To Make The Most Of Your Employer's Student Loan Assistance Payments
posted: Oct 17th   source: forbes.com  
As job markets heat up and employers compete for talent, more companies are offering student loan repayment assistance to attract and retain millennials. If you ask young workers what the most important employee benefits are, student loan repayment comes in right behind health insurance and 401(k) matching - ahead of HSAs, financial planning assistance or commuter benefits.
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  Tuition & Financial Aid News
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6 reasons EVERY college-bound student should fill out the FAFSA
posted: Oct 17th   source: ihelploan.com  
Even the wealthiest families can be “needy” when tuition costs $40,000 per year. The FAFSA opens the door to grants, scholarships, work-study opportunities and federal student loans. No matter what financial situation you’re in, your student should fill it out each year. Reason #3: It's required at many expensive schools for students to be awarded scholarships and grants.
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  College Savings News
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Do Parents Favor Boys When Saving For College?
posted: Oct 17th   source: fa-mag.com  
A child’s gender may presage how his or her parents will save for college, a new survey says. Parents who only have boys as children are putting more emphasis on saving monthly - and funding college education - than the parents of only girls. 17% of all-boy parents said they would cover all of the college expense, compared to only 8% of the parents of all girls.
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  Tuition & Financial Aid News
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What you should know about your Expected Family Contribution (EFC)
posted: Oct 17th   source: linkedin.com  
Your expected family contribution (EFC) is an indication of the total financial aid your student can expect to receive. EFC and Aid Eligibility are inversely proportional. As EFC increases, AID ELIGIBILITY decreases. Colleges subtract the EFC from the total cost of attendance - tuition, room, board, transportation, books, personal expenses - to estimate how much aid your student will require.
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  General College News
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College Advice I Wish I’d Taken
posted: Oct 17th   source: nytimes.com  
Here’s what I wish I’d known and done differently: Get better grades; there are perks (such as overseas trips). Show up and speak up; students flush $300 down the toilet every time they miss my class. Visit professors; the recommendation is how I got my first big job. Socialize sober; drinking and smoking eased my social anxiety and seemed like fun - until I couldn’t stop.
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  College Admissions News
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The science behind selective colleges
posted: Oct 17th   source: washingtonpost.com  
Most colleges accept a majority of students who apply. Outsized attention goes to a few 'selective' colleges - who have built an admissions system increasingly impossible to navigate for a generation of anxious families. Even though more students are applying today - because of online technology (the Common App) - the top-ranked schools haven’t substantially increased the size of their incoming classes.
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  Student Loan News
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Default Crisis for Black Student Borrowers
posted: Oct 17th   source: insidehighered.com  
An indication that racial discrimination in hiring has not improved over the past quarter century is seen in new federal statistics on student loan debt. Half of all black students who took out federal student loans defaulted in 12 years. A primary problem is for-profit colleges, where 50% of black borrowers and 39% of white borrowers who start but don't graduate default on student loans.
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  Tuition & Financial Aid News
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7 Things You Need Before You Fill Out the 2018–19 FAFSA® Form
posted: Oct 16th   source: blog.ed.gov  
It’ll be easier to complete the FAFSA form (now available) if you gather everything you need ahead of time. The 7 crucial items are your FSA ID (apply in advance of the filing date); your SSN; your driver's license # (if you drive); your 2016 tax return & W-2 form(s); any 2016 untaxed income; your current assets (as of the date you file); and, the colleges that your student is considering.
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  SAGE Scholars News
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Azusa Pacific University Joins SAGE Tuition Rewards
posted: Oct 16th   source: secure.tuitionrewards.com  
Azusa Pacific University, an evangelical, Christian university located near Los Angeles, has joined the SAGE Tuition Rewards program – the 50th member of the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities to participate. 11 California private colleges are SAGE members. Azusa's 5,800 undergraduates arrive from 47 states, 48 countries and 55 Christian denominations.
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  Campus Finances
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The Lure of the Lazy River
posted: Oct 16th   source: chronicle.com  
A 'Lazy River' - a 536-foot-long waterway and lounging pool - is part of an $85-million renovation and expansion of LSU’s recreation center. Students love it - and don't mind paying record-high fees. Leaders of cash-strapped universities feel obliged to service the desires of its tuition-paying customers, whose satisfaction is crucial as state support of higher ed plummets.
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  Student Loan News
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More older Americans than ever are struggling with student debt
posted: Oct 16th   source: pbs.org  
As more parents borrow more money to pay for their children's education or cosign their children's loans, more older adults find themselves paying hundreds of dollars per month to loan servicers at the same time they are receiving social security.
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  College Admissions News
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When Application Essay ‘Help’ Crosses a Line
posted: Oct 16th   source: insidehighered.com  
More and more frequently, HS college counselors are seeing college admissions essays that are just too perfect for students whose writing is typically flawed. There are now paid essay coaches; $1,500 is a typical fee. But sometimes the 'help' crosses a line. It's an ethical dilemma for counselors; is it proper to let students submit essays as their own work when it isn't.
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  Tuition & Financial Aid News
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Pa.'s budget mess further threatens higher-ed
posted: Oct 14th   source: philly.com  
Among vast amounts of at-risk funding trapped in Pennsylvania’s inane budget impasse is $600 million for in-state students at Temple, Pitt, Lincoln, and Penn State. Pennsylvania already has the nation’s third-most-expensive tuition and fees at four-year public institutions (behind Vermont and New Hampshire). the financial website 24/7 Wall St. ranks Pennsylvania 47th in state spending on higher ed.
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  Member College News
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Coker to Add eSports Program in 2018-19
posted: Oct 14th   source: cokercobras.com  
Coker College (SC) will add 'eSports' as a varsity sport beginning in 2018-19. More commonly known as competitive online gaming, eSports (derived from electronic sports) often involves opponents facing one another through multiplayer matches - or through a time/score based competition. eSports are currently sponsored at the varsity or club level by 45 higher education institutions.
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  College Admissions News
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What Vanderbilt, Northwestern and other elite colleges don’t say about acceptance rates
posted: Oct 14th   source: washingtonpost.com  
College application totals at most schools are soaring — up 6% in 2015 as students hedge their bets and apply to more colleges than ever. 80% of 2015 college freshmen applied to at least three colleges. 200 colleges are considered 'selective', accepting fewer considerably easier to get in 'early decision' than later.
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  College Admissions News
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4 Myths About Athletic Scholarships
posted: Oct 14th   source: usnews.com  
Here are four myths and the truths about athletic scholarships. First, everyone on an athletic scholarship doesn't get a full ride. "Equivalency" sports dominate - meaning a team's available scholarships can be divided among multiple players. Partial scholarships are available for everything from golf to water polo to rowing. Scholarships are also available at NCAA Division 2 & NAIA schools.
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  SAGE Scholars News
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DePauw University Joins SAGE Tuition Rewards
posted: Oct 13th   source: secure.tuitionrewards.com  
DePauw University, ranked 8th in the nation for most Fulbright Scholar recipients and a national leader in immersive learning opportunities, has joined the SAGE Tuition Rewards program. 19 Indiana private colleges now participate in the SAGE Enrollment Consortium. Founded in 1837, DePauw (Greencastle, IN) ranks 4th in the nation for study-abroad opportunities.
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  College Admissions News
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Navigating the college testing terrain
posted: Oct 13th   source: washingtonpost.com  
More than 3.5 million HS sophs and juniors are taking the PSAT/NMSQT — the College Board’s on-ramp to college admission testing. That’s three times the number of 16-year-olds getting their drivers' licenses this year. The 2016 redesign pushed the average SAT score in one year from 1002 (reading + math) to 1060. ACT scores at or above 30 have climbed 58% in the past 5 years.
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  General College News
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‘A Practical Education’
posted: Oct 13th   source: insidehighered.com  
Randall Stross, a prominent education writer, just published a new book that lays out a good case for liberal arts education being the best preparation for careers not just in traditional liberal arts disciplines but also in business and other areas seemingly far removed from liberal arts. He, like many others, note that as many jobs that currently seem secure eventually go away; a broad-based education is the best...
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  Retirement Savings News
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65 Is the New 55. And Vice Versa.
posted: Oct 13th   source: bloomberg.com  
American workers in their 50s face a tough job market. Not so for their older counterparts. The percentage of labor-force participation among those 60 and older rose during the 1990s and has kept rising during the 2000s. U.S. workplaces are getting more welcoming to those 65 and older - as labor force participation among males aged 25-54 declines. Once-standard mandatory retirement policies have become rare.
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