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  Student Loan News
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Millennial and Gen X Minorities Regret Student Debt the Most
posted: 15 hours ago   source: bloomberg.com  
Black and Hispanic Americans regret their student loan debt more than their white counterparts, a new Pew Charitable Trusts report finds. When you dig into education and labor market outcomes, that makes sense. Just 35.5% of black full-time students who enrolled in 4-year colleges in 2007 graduated from the same school they started at within 5 years versus 59.1% of white students.
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  College Admissions News
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College Planning: When's Too Early to Begin?
posted: 16 hours ago   source: forbes.com  
Great college planning starts with helping students to explore their interests and think about what they do best. Starting with strengths encourages students to establish high expectations—and think critically about areas for improvement. Taking rigorous courses in high school matters. When students see challenging courses as opportunities rather than requirements, they become more engaged in school.
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  Paying For College
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How presidential candidates pay for college: The risk of using your home as a college piggy bank
posted: 16 hours ago   source: washingtonpost.com  
George Pataki, the former NY governor, used home equity loans to send 3 children to Yale and 1 to Cornell. Rates on home equity loans are hovering around 5% versus a current Parent PLUS loan rate of 6.84% fixed interest. Parents can deduct up to $100,000 in interest paid on a home equity loan but only up to $2,500 a year in interest paid on a PLUS loan.
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  College Admissions News
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Why getting into elite colleges is harder for women
posted: 17 hours ago   source: washingtonpost.com  
One of academia’s little-known secrets is that private college admissions are exempt from Title IX’s ban on sex discrimination — a shameful loophole that allows some of the most supposedly progressive campuses in the nation to discriminate against female applicants. Many colleges are 'holding the line' at a ratio of 60% women, 40% men. Often, this means it's tougher for a woman to be admitted.
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  College Admissions News
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Do college rankings mean anything? That depends on your perception of No. 1
posted: 19 hours ago   source: washingtonpost.com  
Most college rankings systems depend on 3 factors that really have nothing to do with the quality of teaching: 1. Selectivity - the percentage of rejected applicants. (A measure of 'before' in student quality, not 'after.')2. Wealth - how large is the endowment fund? 3. Research - university prestige often depends on faculty efforts outside the classroom (or that have little to do with undergraduate education).
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  General College News
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That 'Useless' Liberal Arts Degree Has Become Tech's Hottest Ticket
posted: 20 hours ago   source: forbes.com  
In less than 2 years, Slack Technologies has become one of the most glistening of tech’s “unicorn” startups, boasting 1.1 million users and a private market valuation of $2.8 billion. The editorial director was a theater major in college. The CEO was a philosophy major. Software companies are discovering that liberal arts strengthens the executive team.
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  General College News
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Why Your High School Senior Should Take a Gap Year
posted: 20 hours ago   source: time.com  
Many educators tout taking a gap year, saying that kids who step off the academic treadmill after high school to work, travel, volunteer or explore other interests are more mature when they arrive at college and more engaged in their education going forward. But the year shouldn't be a vacation. There should be a structured plan while 'working' at something that you love.
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  General College News
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Money Magazine says Misericordia University among 'Best Colleges for Your Money'
posted: Jul 31st   source: misericordia.edu  
Misericordia University was named to Money Magazine’s 2015-16 Best Colleges for Your Money list, the second highest ranked college or university in Luzerne and Lackawanna counties.

In its second year, the ranking is designed to help parents and students determine which of the country’s approximately 1,500 four-year colleges and universities “deliver the most value,” according to the posting at...
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  Member College News
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I run a university. I’m also an Uber driver.
posted: Jul 30th   source: washingtonpost.com  
"In my day job, I run Oglethorpe University, a liberal arts college in Atlanta," says Lawrence M. Schall. "This summer, I added a new line to my resume: Uber driver." Told he could make as much as $300 per night, his best day is $29 (donated to the school's scholarship fund). It's a foray learning about the freelance economy - and seeing how a lack of public transportation makes jobs inaccessible.
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  SAGE Scholars News
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King's College now offers National Education's SAGE Tuition Advantage loan program to students
posted: Jul 29th   source: finance.yahoo.com  
King's College (Wilkes-Barre, PA) is the 14th college to offer National Education's low-cost institutional loan program that carries a highly competitive 4.84% interest rate and rewards students with partial loan forgiveness for on-time payments. SAGE Tuition Advantage is an institutional loan program that private, non-profit schools use to increase enrollment & improve retention.
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  Student Loan News
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Haunted by Student Debt to the Grave
posted: Jul 29th   source: huffingtonpost.com  
41 million Americans have student loans - including 706,000 households headed by someone 65 or older. The government is allowed to 'garnish' 15% of anyone's Social Security payments as long as the monthly check does not drop below $750, affecting 155,000 seniors in default.
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  Higher Ed and Washington
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States, U.S. must boost graduation rates, Duncan says in slamming college costs
posted: Jul 28th   source: latimes.com  
The nation's colleges are too costly and students frequently are not getting their money's worth, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said, emphasizing that colleges, states and the federal government must do more to ensure that students graduate. Nationally, only 55% of freshmen get a 4-year degree within 6 years of starting college.
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  Retirement Savings News
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The Hidden Costs of Borrowing From Your 401(k)
posted: Jul 27th   source: time.com  
You can borrow up to $50,000 - or half the balance in your employer-sponsored retirement savings account, whichever is greater. But it's not a good idea. Fidelity Investments estimates that a person who takes one loan out – the average is $9,000 – is set back about 7.6% from his or her long-term retirement goal. This means $180 to $650 less per month in retirement.
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  General College News
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What Happens to 100 9th Grade Students in Your State?
posted: Jul 27th   source: highereddatastories.blogspot.com  
Out of 100 HS graduates per state, it's residents of Massachusetts (38.7%) and Pennsylvania (35.5%) who are most likely to complete a 4-year college and get a bachelor's degree, according to new research by DePaul's Jon Boeckenstadt. Least likely are graduates of high schools in Nevada (19.3%), Idaho (18.3%), Hawaii (18.1%) & Alaska (13.8%).
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  College Admissions News
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What to do about college applications this summer
posted: Jul 27th   source: examiner.com  
Colleges are increasingly ignoring the “official” start of the application season as signaled by the annual rebooting of the Common Application on August 1. Colleges are posting applications early in the summer and inviting students to begin completing them before Labor Day. Don't expect school counselors to abruptly terminate vacations to send in recommendations or transcripts.
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  College Admissions News
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The New and Improved Common App
posted: Jul 27th   source: collegesavings.about.com  
The Common App, available for use on Aug. 1, has made several changes for the upcoming application season that are designed to make the process much easier. Eassys are now fully editable (instead of just 2 revisions). Even if the college doesn't require an essay, you have the option of submitted one. HS letters of recommendation can now be included with the application.
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  College Admissions News
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Summer Tips for Visual and Performing Arts Students: Prepare Your Materials Now
posted: Jul 27th   source: collegesavings.about.com  
Interested in studying the visual and performing arts in college? You may need to complete a few more requirements to be accepted into the college of their choice. Very often, this requires some type of portfolio or audition process. This can be time-consuming, so get started now! Research each college's requirements.
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  College Admissions News
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Start Your College Essays Now
posted: Jul 27th   source: collegesavings.about.com  
This is the perfect time to get started on your 'personal statement'. You can tell more about yourself and your experiences. But be careful. This is not the place to boast of your accomplishments; you do this elsewhere in the application. Talk about who you are as a person, who you hope to become, and how you think this particular school can help you achieve that goal.
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  Member College News
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DelVal's president will retire in 2016
posted: Jul 27th   source: philly.com  
The president of Delaware Valley University, who led its transformation from a college to a university, will retire next year but continue to teach in the school's higher education doctoral program. Joseph S. Brosnan, who has led DelVal since 2007, will step down Aug. 31, 2016. A national search for a replacement is underway.
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  Member College News
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Merger of Union Graduate College and Clarkson University in Potsdam gets approved by state board
posted: Jul 26th   source: northcountrynow.com  
The merger of Union Graduate College into Clarkson University has been approved by the New York State Education Department Board of Regents. Union Graduate College in Schenectady becomes the Clarkson Capital Region & will serve as a hub for student recruitment and admissions for master’s programs, concentrating in bioethics, healthcare and education.
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