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  Retirement Savings News
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Three Things I Should Have Said About Retirement Planning
posted: 1 hours ago   source: nytimes.com  
1. Our “baby” graduated from college 5 years ago; now all that tuition money is going to... home repairs deferred during the college years. Plan for this. 2. Advice: Retire at age 70, not 65. You have 5 more years of job income, 5 more years to save and 5 fewer years to pay for expenses out of your retirement savings. 3. Plan for wedding(s) - which can be as costly as a year of tuition.
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  College Admissions News
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Another Edge for the Wealthy
posted: 3 hours ago   source: insidehighered.com  
'Demonstrated interest' is an admissions criteria used by many competitive colleges; it has nothing to do with an applicant's intelligence or character. The term refers to ways that a top applicant shows he/she is serious about enrolling (and doesn't consider you a 'safety school'). New research suggests that 'demonstrated interest' gives wealthy students an extra edge.
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  Tuition & Financial Aid News
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This Is the Way the College ‘Bubble’ Ends
posted: 16 hours ago   source: theatlantic.com  
Derek Thomson of the Atlantic observes that college costs are increasing at the slowest rate in decades. He attribute this to a decrease in the number of high school grads in recent years and oversupply of colleges. He wonders if families have gotten savvier about choosing colleges. He suspects this trend will continue.
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  General College News
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College Degrees Lead to 'Good Jobs'
posted: Jul 26th   source: insidehighered.com  
A recent Georgetown University study provides more data about the current relationship between education and income. As of 2015, 55% of good-paying jobs (as defined by the study) are held with at least a bachelor's degree compared to 40% in 1991. They note that even manufacturing jobs today require at last some postsecondary education.
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  Member College News
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Engineering Students Serve as Mentors at FIRST Global Robotics Competition in Washington, DC
posted: Jul 26th   source: www1.wne.edu  
A team of 30 Western New England University engineering students helped support international high school students competing in the FIRST Global Robotics competition held July 16-18 in Washington, DC. Some of the University students travelled to Washington, DC, to volunteer their time and continue offering support to the international high school students. The event is an annual international robotics challenge...
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  Tuition & Financial Aid News
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Debating the Right Spending Ratio
posted: Jul 25th   source: insidehighered.com  
This article discusses the higher administrative costs of private, nonprofit colleges and universities as compared to public one. The study cited in the article puts student support services such student counseling and career advising in the"instruction" category. While small institutions are expected to have higher administrative costs per $ of instruction, the large differences between public and private...
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  Tuition & Financial Aid News
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Pennsylvania tuition hikes are shortsighted and wrong
posted: Jul 25th   source: philly.com  
Tuition is going up 3.5% at Pennsylvania's 14 state universities. Tuition and fees for in-state students at tax-supported universities are already the nation’s third-highest. PA students have the nation’s second-highest college debt, averaging $34,798. While New York state schools are tuition-"free", even for middle-class students, PA has cut higher ed state funding 20% in the past 5 years.
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  General College News
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5 Ways College Has Changed Since You Went to School
posted: Jul 24th   source: nbcnews.com  
Parents, the world looks different today than when you were in college. Young people are delaying adulthood in all aspects of life: education, moving out, marriage, kids, career. 47% of 19-to-21 year-olds live with their parents. Many college students have their own laptops and are required to complete assignments (sometimes tests) online. College search & applications are online.
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  General College News
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As drop-off looms, a professor’s note for new college parents
posted: Jul 24th   source: washingtonpost.com  
Many new college parents struggle: What am I supposed to be to my child now? You may think that your influence in your child’s life has fallen to a new low; it hasn’t. Parents can be the sage voices that help children maintain perspective: This is supposed to be harder than high school. A “C” in Econ 101 will not destroy your career. Get involved in your campus community, but beware of overextension.
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  College Admissions News
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Admissions Shocker: Students May Not Be Swayed by Salary Data!
posted: Jul 24th   source: insidehighered.com  
Rankings now abound that order colleges in part (or largely) by the average salaries of graduates. Example: the Obama Administration's College Scorecard. A new survey shows that HS students aren't particularly interested. Usage rates are low. Perhaps students and families are at overload level. The value of such studies may be to identify low-performing colleges.
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  College Admissions News
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Why Whites and Asians Have Different Views on Personal Success
posted: Jul 24th   source: theatlantic.com  
Longitudinal studies have consistently shown that high-performing students at less-selective schools feel more competent, have higher GPAs & have more ambitious career aspirations than low-performing students at more-selective schools. A new study explores why students of Asian descent are far more likely to opt for an elite college where they'd struggle than a less renown one where they'd excel.
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  Tuition & Financial Aid News
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NASFAA Survey Shows Most Deadline Dates Have Not Changed as a Result of PPY
posted: Jul 24th   source: prweb.com  
Although families now can fill out the FAFSA earlier, using tax information from two years prior, few colleges have changed their deadlines. One-third of schools are now sending their merit (non-need-based) scholarship decisions with their offer of admission. Despite sending out financial aid award letters much earlier, colleges aren't seeing students make their choice earlier.
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  Tuition & Financial Aid News
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6 Financial Aid Questions to Ask on a College Visit
posted: Jul 24th   source: usnews.com  
Summer is a peak time for college visits. But in addition to asking about Greek life and class sizes, make sure to find out about how financial aid works at each college. Ask: What does the typical financial aid award look like for freshmen? What kinds of scholarships are available? How long does it take the typical student to graduate? How much do students end up borrowing?...
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  Paying For College
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It's Not Parents Who Make The Biggest Contribution To College Costs
posted: Jul 24th   source: forbes.com  
Scholarships and grants paid for 35% of college costs in 2016-17, according to an annual SAllie Mae survey of parents and students. Parents contributed 31% of the cost of college (23% from income and savings; 8% from borrowing). Students paid 30% of college costs - 11% from income and savings, 19% from student borrowing. The remainder (4%) came from relatives and friends.
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  College Admissions News
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Consider Ten Basic Questions When Applying To College As A Student-Athlete
posted: Jul 24th   source: forbes.com  
Many students who have devoted time and energy to playing sports in high school are eager to play in college. Playing a Div I sport means sports will be your job during the season and in the off-season as well. In Div II and Div III schools/sports, you'll have more flexibility but may not have the post-college athletic opportunities you want. Here are 10 questions to consider.
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  General College News
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MONEY Magazine names Misericordia University to Best Colleges list
posted: Jul 24th   source: misericordia.edu  
Misericordia University was named to MONEY Magazine’s 2017-18 Best Colleges list, the second highest ranked college or university in Luzerne and Lackawanna counties.

Misericordia earned a ranking of 261 out of the 711 schools listed, climbing 222 places in the national ranking since 2015. Several data elements earned Misericordia its lofty status, including 99 percent of students receiving financial aid; a...
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  College Admissions News
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The Upper Middle Class as ‘Dream Hoarders’ in College Admissions
posted: Jul 24th   source: insidehighered.com  
Richard Reeves of the NY Times recently published a book about this issue. He argues that those in the upper middle class (defined as the top 20% of income distribution) have number advantages when it comes to college admissions that many don't realize. These include being better able to take advantage of early decision, increased legacy admissions, increased ability to take advantage of tax breaks (e.g. 529...
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  Tuition & Financial Aid News
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State Funding Cuts Matter
posted: Jul 24th   source: insidehighered.com  
Many factors affect college tuition; there has been much controversy over decades concerning the cause of higher tuitions. One factor for public institutions is state funding; it has diminished over the last 10 years. While colleges have not raised tuition $1 for every $1 in lost state funding, it is now $25-$30 for every $100 lost, which is significantly higher than it used to be. It is likely that there is now...
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  College Admissions News
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Simple Way to Help Low-Income Students: Make Everyone Take SAT or ACT
posted: Jul 24th   source: nytimes.com  
Michigan began requiring public HS juniors to take the ACT in 2007; the share of HS graduates taking a college entrance exam rose immediately to nearly 99% from 54%. That growth was even sharper among low-income students; only 35% had been taking the test. At a cost of less than $50 per student, a universal testing program is one of the least expensive ways to increase college attendance.
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  Higher Ed and Washington
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Cost of College: DeVos Is Discarding College Policies That New Evidence Shows Are Effective
posted: Jul 21st   source: nytimes.com  
The Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, has announced plans to dismantle a set of Obama-era policies devised to protect students and taxpayers from predatory for-profit colleges - despite evidence showing that 'gainful employment' regulations work. If students borrow lots of money and can’t get well-paying jobs, the Dept. of Education has been deeming that college as “failing.”
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