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  General College News
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MONEY Magazine: Misericordia University among institutions of higher education that 'delivers the most value'
posted: Jul 26th   source: misericordia.edu  
Misericordia University was named recently to MONEY Magazine’s 2016-17 Best Colleges list, the second highest ranked college or university in Luzerne and Lackawanna counties.

Misericordia earned a ranking of 366 out of the 705 schools listed, climbing 117 places in the ranking since 2015. Among the factors that earned the university recognition included an estimated price for 2016-17 of $45,000 without financial...
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  General College News
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Today’s Students May Be Emotionally Unprepared for College
posted: Jul 25th   source: mobile.nytimes.com  
American teenagers are in psychological trouble. For the first time, college students today are facing more stress than their parents, according to a recent report. American teenagers attempt suicide more often than youths in most other countries, and they are among the world leaders in violence, binge drinking, marijuana use, obesity and unhappiness.
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  General College News
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Booming merit scholarship program strained relations among Temple's leaders
posted: Jul 25th   source: philly.com  
The dispute that led to the ouster of Temple University's top two leaders in the last month is rooted in a merit scholarship program that grew too quickly and raised questions about how much aid not based on 'need' should a state-supported university hand out. 700+ students qualified for merit aid this year, leading to a $22 million deficit in tuition revenue.
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  General College News
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How important are high school courses to college performance? Less than you might think
posted: Jul 25th   source: brookings.edu  
Though the percent of students earning a HS diploma is at an all-time high (82%), college completion rates continue to stagnate. 50% of new freshmen at California community colleges need remedial courses; only 52% of new freshmen get a 2-year degree. A new study shows that for many college subjects (physics, economics, psychology), students who took the course in HS don't do any better than those who didn't.
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  Student Loan News
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A rather unusual collaboration: Amazon teams up with Wells Fargo on private student loan deal
posted: Jul 25th   source: washingtonpost.com  
Wells Fargo is offering Amazon.com customers discounted interest rates on private student loans. Amazon Prime Student subscribers who apply for any of the bank’s education loan products are eligible to have their interest rate lowered by half a percentage point. Wells will take off an additional quarter of a percentage point for borrowers who enroll in an automatic monthly loan repayment plan.
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  Student Loan News
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Government gets tough on student loan servicers, but will it be effective?
posted: Jul 25th   source: washingtonpost.com  
The Obama administration is taking a hard line on the contractors it uses to collect federal student loan payments, threatening to withhold compensation or new business. Critics question if Navient, Great Lakes and AES are doing enough - or treating borrowers correctly. As of March 31, 7.9 million people had not made a payment on $121 billion in student loans for at least nine months.
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  General College News
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The student loan debt crisis is overblown. The real problem is college completion rates.
posted: Jul 25th   source: vox.com  
Most college graduates are not being crushed by a mountain of debt. Free tuition is no solution; it won’t let a single mom quit her job and go to college full time. There is surely no reason why Donald Trump’s children, or Chelsea Clinton’s, ought to go to college for free. We need to improve the dismal rate at which students complete the postsecondary programs they start.
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  Member College News
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Lycoming College again recognized as one of the best college workplaces in the nation
posted: Jul 25th   source: lycoming.edu  
For the second consecutive year, Lycoming College (Williamsport, PA) has been named a “Great College to Work For” by The Chronicle of Higher Education. Lycoming was specifically honored for a high level of confidence in its senior leadership. The college also earned distinction in three more specific categories: job satisfaction, teaching environment and tenure clarity & process.
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  Tuition & Financial Aid News
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New FAFSA Rules Create New College Financial Aid Strategies
posted: Jul 25th   source: thinkadvisor.com  
Families and students can now file the FAFSA beginning Oct. 1 for the 2017-2018 academic year, using income tax returns from 2015. Even if families don’t think their student will qualify for federal aid, they should file the FAFSA anyway. Families will find out about their financial aid awards sooner, so students can make their decisions about where they want to go to college sooner.
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  Higher Ed and Washington
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New White House Report Doesn’t Support Free Community College
posted: Jul 25th   source: economics21.org  
President Obama’s free community college plan does not address living costs - only tuition. If individuals are struggling to afford living costs, it's a problem best addressed through the social safety net, not higher education policy. Most community college students end up borrowing less than $10,000. The ones who don't graduate do have trouble paying back their loans.
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  College Savings News
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College savings savvy: 529s versus Roth IRAs
posted: Jul 24th   source: blog.invesco.us.com  
While there are various ways to invest specifically for college expenses, some families have begun to wonder whether Roth IRA retirement plans can do double-duty as college savings vehicles. Both are tax-advantaged investment vehicles. However, 529s are intended specifically for college expenses; IRAs were specifically created to help individuals with saving for retirement.
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  Student Loan News
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What everybody thinks about student debt is wrong
posted: Jul 24th   source: washingtonpost.com  
The people having the hardest time repaying their student loans are not graduates with six-figure debt - but borrowers who took out a fraction of that amount, attended for-profit or community colleges, and never earned a degree. 'College is a really good deal and one of the most important investments you could make … but if you go to a school that is not high-quality, if you don’t complete, or get unlucky in terms of...
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  Higher Ed and Washington
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The Dept. of Education Plans to Let Some Colleges Experiment with Required Loan Counseling
posted: Jul 24th   source: insidehighered.com  
College students who take out federal loans are required to receive counseling when they receive the loan and before they enter repayment, but not in between - a source of frustration for financial aid administrators who say they are not able to advise students on whether they are over-borrowing or will be able to pay back a loan in a timely manner.
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  Campus Finances
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Despite Long Odds, Universities Start or Resume Big-Time Football Programs
posted: Jul 24th   source: insidehighered.com  
A new Wichita State U. study showed that bringing back varsity football would lose money - about $14.5 million before the team began its third season. Because of 'gender equity,' adding football requires at least 100 new male athletes; so, colleges also have to fund at least two new women’s teams - adding a total of 200 scholarship athletes.
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  College Admissions News
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Illinois to Provide SAT to All 11th-Graders Beginning Spring 2017
posted: Jul 24th   source: collegeboard.org  
The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) announced that it will provide the SAT at no cost to all public high school juniors during the 2016-17 school year. The goal is to promote equity and access, providing 'each and every student with greater opportunities in higher education.'
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  Member College News
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Wilberforce University Announces New President
posted: Jul 24th   source: hbcubuzz.com  
Wilberforce University (Ohio), the country’s oldest private historically black college and university, today revealed that Dr. Herman J. Felton Jr. has been chosen as its 21st President. Wilberforce was founded in 1856 to provide African-Americans, many who were fleeing slavery, with a quality, advanced education.
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  College Admissions News
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SAT, ACT Scores Alone Not Enough to Predict First-Year College Success, Says New Study
posted: Jul 24th   source: goodcall.com  
An incoming college freshman’s high school GPA provides more insight into first-year academic success than popular college admissions tests such as the SAT and ACT, according to a NACAC survey. 'Overall, it is clear that high school grades are by far the most significant predictor of college academic achievement.'
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  Member College News
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The job nobody can seem to keep: college president
posted: Jul 16th   source: washingtonpost.com  
The traditional pipeline to the presidency is running dry. Just 30% of sitting provosts want to become presidents. The average age of college presidents is 61. Challenges include budget issues, fundraising, pleasing faculty & alumni. Skills needed to be a president: risk-taker, visionary, passionate about educational access for students, data-driven and strategic communicator.
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  Tuition & Financial Aid News
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2 extra years in college could cost you almost $300,000
posted: Jul 16th   source: usatoday.com  
Taking an extra year or two to complete a bachelor’s degree is common, but that additional time could cost a student nearly $300,000, according to a new study by NerdWallet. Real costs: Out-of-pocket tuition plus interest paid on student loans over a 10-year standard repayment period. Opportunity costs: Lost entry-level income and forgone retirement savings.
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  Paying For College
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Commentary: Debt crisis exaggerated; college still worth the investment
posted: Jul 15th   source: philly.com  
As of 2013, the average debt of those who have earned a bachelor's degree is just over $20,000. Even more encouraging is that the monthly payment burden of student debt has not increased over the past two decades. For some, it has decreased; most significantly, the ratio of average monthly debt payments to mean income has decreased dramatically since 1992, from 15% to 7%.
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