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  Paying For College
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Commitment to College Strong as Ever But Borrowing at Lowest Level in 5 Years
posted: 15 hours ago   source: news.salliemae.com  
98% of families still agree that college is a worthwhile investment, but families are borrowing less, according to the annual Sallie Mae study, “How America Pays for College 2014.” Borrowing fell from 27% of tuition & other costs to 22%, the lowest debt level in 5 years. Only 38% of families create a plan as to how to pay for college.
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  Retirement Savings News
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Retiree dilemma: How much to spend on grandchildren?
posted: 19 hours ago   source: usatoday.com  
About 40% of grandparents spend more than $500/year on their grandchildren - including Nancy Schlossberg, 85, who says the tradition in her family is for grandparents to pay for their grandchildren's college education and after-school activities (dance classes, piano lessons). About 11% of grandparents have grandchildren living with them; 16% say they provide day care services.
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  Tuition & Financial Aid News
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How the Government Exaggerates the Cost of College
posted: 20 hours ago   source: nytimes.com  
The government’s official statistic for college-tuition inflation (107% since 1992) is exaggerated & misleading. Focused on 'list price,' the stats completely ignore financial aid grants. The average tuition & fees paid last year were $12,460 at private colleges & $3,120 for in-state students at public 4-year colleges, according to the College Board.
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  General College News
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Misericordia University receives 10-year accreditation from the Middle States Commission on Higher Education
posted: Jul 30th   source: misericordia.edu  
The Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE), which accredits all colleges and universities in the mid-Atlantic region, recently reaffirmed Misericordia University’s accreditation. Accreditation by the appropriate review organization is one of the most important measures of academic quality for an institution of higher education.

The accreditation process was the culmination of almost two years of...
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  College Admissions News
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Temple University to make test scores optional for admission
posted: Jul 29th   source: philly.com  
In an effort to cultivate talented students who don't test well, Temple University says it will become the Northeast's first public research university to make standardized test scores optional for admission. Temple wants to recruit students who will succeed but are being disadvantaged because of a low SAT score.
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  Tuition & Financial Aid News
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The 'Uncommon' Application: member pages replace writing supplements for some
posted: Jul 29th   source: examiner.com  
As hard as folks at the Common Application push to enforce ‘a one-size fits all’ application process, Common App member institutions push back for freedom to individualize applications to support their various admissions priorities. Enter the 'Uncommon Application' - to accommodate a school's individualized essays or short answer questions.
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  Campus Finances
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Location, Location, Location. Urban Hot Spots Are the Place to Be
posted: Jul 28th   source: m.chronicle.com  
Call it 'national gentrification': Creative juices & financial rewards flowing to a more select group of cities & urban areas. This has significant consequences for colleges in struggling towns & declining manufacturing cities. When Moody’s issued a negative outlook for the higher-education sector recently, the downgraded schools were mostly in rural markets.
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  College Admissions News
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UC enrolling more new students from other states and nations
posted: Jul 28th   source: latimes.com  
The percentage of new University of California freshmen who come from out-of-state is expected to be 20.2% this fall, up from 18.3% last year and 15.5% in 2012. Out-of-state students pay nearly $13,000/year more in tuition. UCLA is the most popular among out-of-staters at 30.1% of first-year enrollment, followed by UC Berkeley (29.8%) & UC San Diego (28.4%).
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  College Admissions News
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Need-Blind Admissions is a Lie
posted: Jul 28th   source: huffingtonpost.com  
Even wealthy colleges can't afford to admit an entire freshman class where everyone needs financial aid. Before your student completes an application, use the calculator to see if your family qualifies for aid. If not, DON'T check 'yes' on the financial aid question. A 'yes' could hurt your child's chances of admission.
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  Tuition & Financial Aid News
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Former college financial aid head hit with federal fraud charges
posted: Jul 28th   source: bizjournals.com  
The former head of financial aid at Merrimack College was charged with wire fraud & mail fraud for allegedly deliberately mishandling federal student loans and falsifying documentation over a dozen years. Prosecutors alleged that students were tricked into taking Perkins loans after being promised grants. There was no personal financial benefit.
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  SAGE Scholars News
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University of Dubuque Joins Tuition Rewards
posted: Jul 28th   source: bit.ly  
The University of Dubuque, known for an emphasis on educational opportunity since its founding 162 years ago, is the 6th Iowa member of the SAGE Scholars Tuition Rewards Enrollment Consortium.
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  SAGE Scholars News
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North Central University Joins Tuition Rewards
posted: Jul 28th   source: secure.tuitionrewards.com  
North Central University, a Christian university serving 1,300 students in the heart of Minneapolis, has become the 7th Minnesota member of the SAGE Scholars Tuition Rewards Enrollment Consortium.

A Christ-centered, Pentecostal university, North Central combines rigorous academic training with the spiritual passion characteristic of a Bible college heritage, preparing leaders who will serve God in the church and in...
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  Student Loan News
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How to Control Student Loan Defaults
posted: Jul 27th   source: nytimes.com  
Keeping loan default rates low, a new study of nine community colleges shows, is not rocket science: Schools can do it. New federal rules that penalize colleges for excessive student loan defaults offer a powerful incentive for schools to educate students, including the crucial fact that they can delay or make partial payments if they get into financial trouble.
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  Tuition & Financial Aid News
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Key Republican in House Proposes Broad Student-Aid Reforms
posted: Jul 26th   source: chronicle.com  
The House of Representatives passed a measure (HR 3393) to consolidate 4 existing higher-education tax breaks (American Opportunity Tax Credit, Hope Scholarship Credit, Lifetime Learning Credit & the tuition deduction) into an expanded American Opportunity Tax Credit. The bill would make the credit permanent, index it to inflation & increase its refundable portion by 50% to $1,500.
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  Tuition & Financial Aid News
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What’s Missing From the Merit-Aid Debate
posted: Jul 26th   source: chronicle.com  
Critics say that when colleges use merit aid, they reduce the need-based aid available to low-income students. DePaul's Jon Boeckenstedt disagrees. For many colleges, merit-based aid is a necessity, he maintains; merit & need-based aid work together to support low-income and first-generation students while bringing in enough revenue to provide them with a quality college experience.
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  Tuition & Financial Aid News
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Senators in Both Parties Agree: States Must Do More for Higher Education
posted: Jul 26th   source: chronicle.com  
There was little partisanship on display at U.S. Senate's higher-education committee hearing. Sen. Tom Harkin said that states largely disinvested from higher education during the most recent recession, driving up tuition costs and requiring students to go deeper in debt. Legislation needs to create incentives for states to increase their higher education appropriations.
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  College Admissions News
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Bryn Mawr to drop SAT requirement for admission
posted: Jul 26th   source: philly.com  
Bryn Mawr College, the private women's school in the Philadelphia suburbs, joined a growing number of colleges that no longer require the SAT or other standardized test scores for admission. Bryn Mawr instead will rely on grades, essays and other factors, hoping to attract a broader applicant pool.
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  College Admissions News
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5 ‘Dirty Words’ Admissions Offices Should Embrace
posted: Jul 26th   source: chronicle.com  
5 words that enrollment offices should use regularly: Customer. Sales. Competition. Experience. Accountability. “You have to sell the idea of going away to college, and it’s pricey,” Do you have an 'elevator pitch': Can your admissions officers explain the institution in 30 seconds?
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  College Admissions News
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Does Your Admissions Office Have ‘Cultural Intelligence’?
posted: Jul 26th   source: chronicle.com  
Upper middle-class applicants want to know about about Greek life, study-abroad programs, internships & opportunities to live and socialize with students “like them.” But working class students care most about financial aid, opportunities for part-time jobs, career services, job placement and maintaining connections with their family and HS friends.
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  General College News
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Misericordia University names Dr. Kahanov as dean of College of Health Sciences
posted: Jul 24th   source: misericordia.edu  
Misericordia University has named Leamore Kahanov, Ed.D., A.T.C., L.A.T., as the dean of the College of Health Sciences. She began her duties July 21.
Dr. Kahanov is a certified athletic trainer with a doctorate in education from the University of San Francisco, San Francisco, Calif. She earned a master’s degree in exercise and sports sciences from the University of Arizona, Tucson, Ariz., and a Bachelor of Science...
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