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  Campus Finances
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Increased student aid, not faculty salaries, drives tuition
posted: Feb 9th   source: insidehighered.com  
A new study asserts that increased availability of student aid, including loans, drives prices higher - not faculty salaries or state cutbacks. The findings are in dispute - and may only apply to for-profit colleges. One prof contends that a college’s sticker price is set by its wealthiest students’ ability to pay - and the wealthiest students never take out loans.
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  College Admissions News
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New, Reading-Heavy SAT Has Students Worried
posted: Feb 9th   source: nytimes.com  
The College Board is rolling out a new SAT test — its biggest redesign in a decade. Chief among the changes: Longer and harder reading passages & more words in math problems. The shift is leading some college admissions officers to fear that the revised test will penalize students who have not been exposed to a lot of reading or who speak a different language at home — immigrants and the poor.
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  Higher Ed and Washington
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This government group wants to crack down on college financial aid cheats
posted: Feb 8th   source: marketwatch.com  
The government is getting more aggressive in trying to prevent firms (read 'for-profit colleges') from cheating students and taxpayers out of financial aid dollars. The Dept. of Education is creating a financial aid enforcement unit to police schools accused of using illegal tactics to lure financial aid funds by misrepresenting graduation, job placement and salary statistics.
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  Member College News
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The college where students go on to earn the most money in every state
posted: Feb 8th   source: businessinsider.com  
In looking at four-year colleges whose students go on to earn the highest salaries 10 years after enrolling, SAGE member colleges were the leaders in 9 states: AZ & FL, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical U.; AR, John Brown U.; IL, Illinois Institute of Technology; MS, Millsaps College; MT, Carroll College; NE, Creighton U.; SD, Augustana U.; and WI, Milwaukee School of Engineering.
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  College Admissions News
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8 Ways to Make the Most of a Spring Break College Tour
posted: Feb 8th   source: tentotwenty.com  
Thinking about taking your HS junior on a college tour this spring? The timing is usually ideal. Many colleges are in session, which allows for a more vibrant and real-life look at these schools than summer timing would. Plan to visit one, no more than two, campuses per day. Build in down time between schools by checking out a local attraction, trying a fun restaurant or just hanging out in your hotel room.
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  College Admissions News
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The Common App launches 2016-17 application season by releasing essay prompts
posted: Feb 8th   source: examiner.com  
The Common Application recently announced that the 2016-17 personal statement prompts will remain the same as 2015-16. The prompts will inspire essays between 250 and 650 words on 5 topics. #1. Some students have a background, identity, interest, or talent that is so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it... Please share your story.
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  College Admissions News
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5 Ways to Show a College You Love Them (Without Going Overboard)
posted: Feb 8th   source: linkedin.com  
Ahh, February. Can't you just feel the love in the air? High school seniors awaiting admission decisions often use this time of year to proclaim their love to those schools which they've deemed "the one". Sometimes these attempts at "demonstrated interest" work and other times, well...they border on creepy. So how can you let a college know they're the only one for you?
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  College Admissions News
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Freshman migration patterns or where students go when they go out-of-state
posted: Feb 8th   source: examiner.com  
A new survey suggests that over 55% of freshmen stayed within 100 miles of home in 2014. According to data gathered by the ACT, 2012 grads attended college a median distance of 51 miles from home, with only 22% traveling out-of-state. New Jersey, California, Illinois and New York export the most students.
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  General College News
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Beware of College Rankings Without Context
posted: Feb 8th   source: huffingtonpost.com  
When the U.S. Dept. of Education released its first 'College Scorecard', the media narrative was that college rankings would become more reliable, taking advantage of large amounts of federally verified data. The president of Cornell College (IA), Jonathan Brand, describes how the data has been misused to create rankings that mislead the public rather than inform.
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  College Admissions News
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What your child needs to know before taking the SAT and ACT
posted: Feb 8th   source: washingtonpost.com  
There’s one last thing parents can do to help their children prepare for the SAT or ACT:
Advise them not to answer the optional pre-test questions if they don’t want their children giving out personal information such as SSN, religious affiliation, ethnicity, family income, interests, citizenship, disabilities. The testing companies then can sell this information to colleges.
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  College Admissions News
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Why Harvard-Recommended 'Compassionate Admissions' Won't Change Anything
posted: Feb 8th   source: forbes.com  
To get into Harvard, you need to be … nice? So say the latest admissions recommendations. Many suggested changes in emphasis are welcome. But it would be naive to suppose that they will lead to a radical change in admissions at highly selective schools unless there are changes to the preferential treatment given to legacy applicants (especially children of big donors) and athletes.
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  College Admissions News
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Will the College Admissions Test Disappear?
posted: Feb 8th   source: bloomberg.com  
Of the colleges looking to deflate the importance of standardized testing - ACT and SAT - only one of the 850 has eliminated the exams completely from its admissions process. Hampshire College (MA), a small, experimental school, decided not to accept test scores from any applicants. The best advice is to take the tests; if scores are poor, don't submit them.
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  College Admissions News
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Former Yale Admissions Officer Reveals Secrets of Who Gets In
posted: Feb 8th   source: nypost.com  
Deciding which of the applicants would get the golden ticket was really tough work. Once the children of alumni, recruited athletes, underrepresented minorities or regions and students interested in under-enrolled majors were considered, there wasn’t much room for your generic genius - including a recent candidate for Lieutenant Governor of New Jersey.
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  Member College News
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Learning to Live Small (in a Dumpster)
posted: Feb 7th   source: nytimes.com  
How to get students thinking about their environmental footprints? Jeff G. Wilson and his students at Huston-Tillotson University in Austin (TX), retrofitted a garbage container into a cozy pad that he lived in for an entire year. It was, he says, “a radical experiment in what it would mean to live on, and in, less” — specifically, 33 square feet.
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  College Admissions News
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Real Compassion in College Admissions
posted: Feb 7th   source: nytimes.com  
The college admission process is always stressful, often unfair and may well reward the wrong values. But recommendations by a Harvard Graduate School of Education project called 'Making Caring Common' will only make things worse. Adding a community service 'requirement' to the application process can be a burden (and easily 'gamed'). Why don't the Ivies treat low-income applicants like they do athletes?
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  Member College News
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Record Numbers of Students Seek to Join Union College
posted: Feb 5th   source: newswise.com  
Union College (Schenectady, NY) has received a record 6,570 applications for its Class of 2020, nearly 600 more applications than a year ago. One of the nation's top liberal arts colleges, Union expects to enroll a class of 565 students, with regular decision letters sent on April 1.
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  General College News
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We need poverty-based affirmative action at America’s colleges
posted: Feb 5th   source: washingtonpost.com  
Only 3% of students at our most selective colleges come from the 25% of families with the lowest incomes; 72% come from the richest 25% of families. The unfairness is compounded by the fact that once admitted, poor students soar academically. Poor students who do attend these elite schools graduate at equal rates and earn similarly high grades as their wealthy peers.
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  Tuition & Financial Aid News
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Ten Things You Might Not Know About the FAFSA
posted: Feb 5th   source: collegesavings.about.com  
here are ten things you might not know about the FAFSA: Parents and Students Need Separate FSA IDs. You Don’t Have to Complete it In One Sitting. It’s Color Coded! Blue is a section for students; purple is for parents. If you are waiting for a decision from a specific college, be sure to check your student portal. Both the student and the parents have to sign the FAFSA.
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  Tuition & Financial Aid News
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Should Wealthy Colleges Be Forced to Spend More of Their Money on Financial Aid?
posted: Feb 5th   source: time.com  
A research report has found that U.S. tax laws benefit wealthy private colleges to a far greater extent than poorer public colleges. Should the 10 colleges sitting on more than $1 billion in endowment money be required to spend more to make college more affordable? Or, will a lawmaker's proposal only mean more dollars to subsidize tuition for wealthy students?
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  Paying For College
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Here’s How to Help Your Grandkids Pay for College
posted: Feb 5th   source: thefiscaltimes.com  
As a growing number of Baby Boomers start pondering their financial legacy, helping grandchildren (and their parents) cover the skyrocketing costs of college seems like a no-brainer. Tips: Start early and coordinate with your adult children. Keep 529s out of your name. Know the gift tax limits. Make tuition payments directly to the school on your grandchild’s behalf.
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