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  Higher Ed and Washington
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Obama drops proposal to cut tax benefits of 529 college savings plans
posted: 13 hours ago   source: washingtonpost.com  
President Obama has abandoned his proposal to end a major tax benefit of popular college savings accounts used by 12 million American families after mounting criticism from lawmakers and parents. 70% of families saving in 529 plans earn less than $150,000 per year; wealthier famiiies, however, get the largest tax benefits.
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  College Admissions News
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New SAT, New Problems
posted: 13 hours ago   source: theatlantic.com  
David Coleman, president of The College Board, last year acknowledged the accuracy of criticism that the current SAT has little to do with the work students do in high school or will do in college. He promised that the 2016 redesign would be more in tune with what happens in the classroom. Just the opposite seems the case with sample questions from the new Math SAT.
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  College Admissions News
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Got Bad News on Your College Application?
posted: 14 hours ago   source: collegesavings.about.com  
HS seniors may already have received bad news if their early application(s) were deferred or rejected. While it's stressful, this doesn’t mean the end of your college dreams. Here are 4 proactive steps you can take to make sure you’re still attending college in the fall. Revise that essay! Figure out why it was a 'loser' & improve it.
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  College Admissions News
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The Real Cost of Getting In
posted: 14 hours ago   source: huffingtonpost.com  
College application fees range from $25-to-$90, with an average of $41. It's $12 for ACT to send scores to a college. Add, it's not uncommon to apply to seven colleges. For a teen making minimum wage, that's multiple paychecks. Many teens aren't aware of the possibility of 'fee waivers' and often don't apply to their favorite college because of cost.
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  Tuition & Financial Aid News
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A Quiet Revolution in Helping Lift the Burden of Student Debt
posted: Jan 25th   source: nytimes.com  
Has the student loan crisis already been solved? A couple of little-noticed legislative tweaks to a small, obscure loan repayment program — under two very different presidents — appear to have created the conditions for far-reaching changes in how a college education is bought and paid for. The result may make it much easier for students to get out from under their debts.
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  Student Loan News
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Cuomo to Offer Plan to Cut College Graduates’ Debt
posted: Jan 24th   source: nytimes.com  
Gov. Andrew Cuomo will propose legislation to ease the debt burden of thousands of New York college graduates who attend non-profit colleges, either public or private, in the state. The State would cover two years of loan payments for graduates who make less than $50,000 a year, continue to live in the state and are enrolled in the federal Pay as You Earn program.
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  Member College News
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Drexel's freshman applications plunge - happily
posted: Jan 24th   source: philly.com  
Applications for Drexel University's Class of 2019 have plunged by more than 50% - but that's not a bad thing, officials say. The 27,424 applications are the result of a decision to hone an applicant pool that had ballooned to unwieldy levels. The school now charges a $50 application fee (except for low-income students) and ended no-essay "fast apps".
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  Higher Ed and Washington
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Support our Students
posted: Jan 24th   source: nytimes.com  
Opinion from columnist David Brooks: The problem with U.S. community colleges is tragically-high dropout rates - between 66% & 80%. The Obama Administration proposal for free community college tuition would cost $60 billion over 10 years - a waste of money. Spend $ instead on subsidized guidance counselors & child care - or textbooks, transportation & housing.
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  Member College News
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Russell Redding will become Pennsylvania’s Secretary of Agriculture
posted: Jan 24th   source: delval.edu  
Russell Redding will leave his position as Delaware Valley College’s dean of agriculture and environmental sciences Jan. 20 to become Pennsylvania’s next secretary of agriculture. Dr. Chris Tipping, associate professor of biology and chair of the Department of Plant Science, will serve as acting dean.
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  Higher Ed and Washington
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White House Proposals on 529 College Savings Plans Would Reduce Benefits
posted: Jan 24th   source: nytimes.com  
President Obama is proposing a radical change to the 529 college savings plans held by millions of families. One of the 529 plan’s most attractive benefits would be eliminated: Money could no longer be withdrawn tax-free. However, the new rules would apply only to new contributions. Funds currently in 528 Plan would be 'grandfathered.'
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  Tuition & Financial Aid News
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Memo To Obama: Middle Class Families Use 529 College Savings Plans
posted: Jan 23rd   source: forbes.com  
When Angela Crabill of North Webster, Ind. had a baby girl last year at age 42 her ob-gyn gave her this advice: set up a 529 college savings fund. Dad—Mark, a line worker at CTB, a Berkshire Hathaway company, didn’t go to college, and Crabill took 15 years to get a two-year degree at Ivy Tech while she was working as a customer service rep at Parker Hannifin. For their daughter, Blythe Grace, they wanted college to...
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  Tuition & Financial Aid News
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For parents, now begins the anxious waiting game for college financial aid
posted: Jan 23rd   source: washingtonpost.com  
For the many HSl seniors who already have submitted their college admissions applications, the season of waiting for an acceptance letter has begun. For their parents, there’s a different anxiety-ridden waiting game: For the financial-aid offers that will spell out just how much this is all going to cost.
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  Tuition & Financial Aid News
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FBI secretly searches student financial aid requests
posted: Jan 23rd   source: sundial.csun.edu  
For close to five years, the Department of Education has been secretly searching their databases, looking for suspicious names provided by the FBI. The department’s student record database, containing the personal information of about 15 million financial aid applicants, has been accessed on behalf of the FBI without notifying the students or college administrators.
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  College Admissions News
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LinkedIn rolls out new school selection services for prospective students
posted: Jan 23rd   source: monitor.icef.com  
Professional social networking site LinkedIn has introduced some impressive new services for its high school and university-aged users: Decision Boards, University Outcome Rankings, Field of Study Explorer, and University Finder. The 'Outcome Rankings' use alumni career outcomes to rank schools for specific careers.
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  Member College News
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W&J Alum Appears at Cannes International Film Festival
posted: Jan 23rd   source: washjeff.edu  
Damian Bosiacki has been dreaming of a career in the entertainment industry since he was a student at Washington & Jefferson College (W&J). Not only did Bosiacki intern with Comedy Central in New York last summer, he also traveled to France for a unique opportunity to participate in the Cannes International Film Festival.
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  College Admissions News
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SAT® Questions & Answers for Sale in Asia
posted: Jan 22nd   source: examiner.com  
According to the Washington Post, the questions on the Jan. 24 SATs are on sale online - with correct answers - in China & South Korea. It's the same exam that was given in the U.S. in June 2014. The College Board appears to have known about this 'phenomenon' for years but has not taken action.
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  College Admissions News
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Here's One Way to Get Early Admission to College: Be Rich
posted: Jan 22nd   source: mobile.bloomberg.com  
Top colleges are filling more of their freshman classes thru early-admissions programs that favor affluent families, placing another barrier before poorer students hoping to better themselves through higher education. Families that need financial aid often wait for the regular round, which starts this month, so they can compare aid offers.
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  Higher Ed and Washington
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Federal government's rating system contradicts goal of improving access, affordability and outcomes
posted: Jan 20th   source: misericordia.edu  
In its most basic sense, the U.S. Department of Education, under direction from the Obama administration, has been working on a program to increase access, affordability and outcomes in higher education. We can agree that these are three noble principles that should be near and dear to the hearts of all colleges and universities.
After all, the pillar of higher education is the student and our foundation is that...
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  General College News
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Misericordia University schedules 2nd annual Summer Performing Arts Training Academy
posted: Jan 20th   source: misericordia.edu  
The Department of Speech-Language Pathology at Misericordia University is offering beginners and established regional performers ages 7-17 the opportunity to learn and refine their skillset at the second annual Summer Performing Arts Training Academy from July 22 to Aug. 9 in Lemmond Theater in Walsh Hall.

The camp runs daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, and concludes with two live performances for...
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  General College News
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Majority of U.S. public school students are in poverty
posted: Jan 20th   source: washingtonpost.com  
For the first time in at least 50 years, a majority of U.S. public school students come from low-income families. 51% of students (pre-K thru 12th grade) are eligible for the federal program that provides free and reduced-price lunches. Every state in the South except Virginia has a student poverty rate over 50%, led by Mississippi (71%). California (55%) & Utah (59%) fare badly, too.
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