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  Member College News
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College recruiting gamers as athletes
posted: Dec 18th   source: chicagotribune.com  
Robert Morris University, a Chicago-based university, gives out 1,400 athletic and activity scholarships across its 10 Illinois campuses as a way of recruiting and retaining students. This fall, Robert Morris evidently will be the first school in the country to offer athletic scholarships to students who play the video game "League of Legends."
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  Member College News
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B.S.W. Program Now at Neumann
posted: Dec 18th   source: neumann.edu  
The mission of Neumann University’s new Social Work (B.S.W.) program is to educate baccalaureate-level Social Work students within a Catholic Franciscan framework and to provide the knowledge, values and skills necessary to engage in generalist social work practice. Social workers help people solve and cope with problems in their everyday lives. One group of social workers, known as clinical social workers, also...
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  College Admissions News
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Johns Hopkins mistakenly says ‘yes’ to hundreds of rejected applicants
posted: Dec 17th   source: washingtonpost.com  
Johns Hopkins University, after rejecting or deferring 294 early admission applicants, mistakenly sent them a welcome-to-Hopkins e-mail by mistake. Similar mistakes have been made in the past year by MIT, Vassar, UC-San Diego and Fordham.
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  SAGE Scholars News
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Lasell College Joins Tuition Rewards
posted: Dec 16th   source: secure.tuitionrewards.com  
Lasell College (Newton, MA), focused on "connective learning" that integrates practical and professional experience into a liberal arts curriculum, has become the 27th New England member of the SAGE Scholars Private College & University Enrollment Marketing Consortium.
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  College Admissions News
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15 ways to keep the ball rolling after you ‘hit submit’
posted: Dec 15th   source: examiner.com  
Once you hit 'submit' on your college applications, congratulations - but the job isn't finished. You still have a 'to do' list. Letters of recommendation, test results, FAFSA form & interviews may still be ahead. Here are 15 suggestions.
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  College Admissions News
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Here’s the New Way Colleges Are Predicting Student Grades
posted: Dec 15th   source: time.com  
Who earns higher grades and graduates? Who transfers or drops out? Massive data analysis is showing colleges are more likely to retain early decision applicants - and those who visit campus before enrolling; join a fraternity or sorority; or, register for a higher-than-average number of classes. 125 colleges are now using predictive models to identify students at risk.
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  Student Loan News
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Federal Audit Faults Dept. of Education for Lack of a Plan to Prevent Student Loan Defaults
posted: Dec 15th   source: insidehighered.com  
As the U.S. Department of Education manages an increasingly larger portfolio of federal student loans, officials at the agency lack a coordinated plan for preventing borrowers from defaulting, the department’s independent watchdog said, charging that officials did not demand that the agency’s contracted loan servicers conduct meaningful default prevention activities.
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  Paying For College
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Are College Students Borrowing Blindly?
posted: Dec 15th   source: brookings.edu  
A Brookings Institute study suggests that about half of undergraduate students do not understand how much they are paying for college - or how much debt they are taking on. Only 52% of respondents at a selective public university were able to correctly identify (within $5,000) what they paid for their first year of college.
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  Tuition & Financial Aid News
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Parent Pleads Guilty of Defrauding Harvard U. of Financial Aid
posted: Dec 15th   source: thecrimson.com  
Joseph N. Fonge pleaded guilty to 3 counts of wire fraud after inaccurately reporting financial information to Harvard University's Office of Admissions and Financial Aid. The Fonges underreported their wages & income on their federal income tax returns, FAFSA and CSS Profile forms, resulting in extra financial aid in excess of $50,000.
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  General College News
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Advisory Board moves into higher ed with $850M Royall & Company acquisition
posted: Dec 15th   source: educationdive.com  
The Advisory Board Company has announced its acquisition of Royall & Company for $850 million. Royall is an enrollment management consulting firm, serving 350 colleges and universities. The Advisory Board has traditionally operated in the healthcare arena. Its higher ed expansion is a new frontier for the company.
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  Campus Finances
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Colleges Are Cutting Back on Credit-Card Deals, Report Says
posted: Dec 15th   source: chronicle.com  
Colleges have continued to embark on fewer agreements with credit-card companies, according to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s annual report on the agreements. They have instead opted to participate in the marketing of products that are subject to less scrutiny, like debit cards and prepaid cards.
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  Student Loan News
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AFL-CIO Targets Navient as Scruitiny over Student Loan Servicing Mounts
posted: Dec 12th   source: huffingtonpost.com  
The nation's largest labor federation, which manages $560 billion in union pension funds, expressed concern for its investments in Navient after the firm (spun off from Sallie Mae) came under federal investigation for allegedly cheating soldiers and other borrowers by charging excessive student loan servicing fees.
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  Paying For College
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Lawsuit Shines Spotlight on Whether Parents Should be Forced to Pay for College
posted: Dec 12th   source: huffingtonpost.com  
Do parents have a legal obligation to pay for their children to go to college? It's a question being played out in a New Jersey Family Courtroom where Carolyn Ricci, 21, is suing to get her divorced parents to pay the expected family contribution portion of her tuition to Temple University. Earlier, family court forced the parents to pay her community college tuition.
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  SAGE Scholars News
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Illinois Institute of Technology Joins Tuition Rewards
posted: Dec 12th   source: secure.tuitionrewards.com  
Illinois Institute of Technology, a Ph.D.-granting university which offers superb programs in architecture, business, computer science, engineering, math/sciences, human sciences, applied technology, design and law, has joined Tuition Rewards®. The SAGE Scholars Private College & University Enrollment Consortium now features 23 Illinois members
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  Retirement Savings News
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Americans Stink at Retiring. Ask New Zealand.
posted: Dec 9th   source: bloombergview.com  
Just 45% of U.S. workers have access to retirement plans, and only 34% of workers contribute to those plans - even though there's a strong correlation between being in a plan and having enough for retirement. But New Zealand and the U.K. have mandated automatic enrollment in retirement plans. We should, too.
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  General College News
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Lawsuit: Florida For-Profit College Used Exotic Dancers To Recruit Students
posted: Dec 8th   source: talkingpointsmemo.com  
A for-profit Florida college used exotic dancers as admissions officers, falsified documents and coached students to lie on financial forms, fraudulently obtaining millions of government dollars, according to a federal lawsuit. The owner of 9-campus Fast Train College was criminally indicted for conspiracy & theft of government money.
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  Paying For College
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Using a Roth IRA to Pay for College May Work Against You
posted: Dec 8th   source: lifehacker.com  
Roth IRAs aren't just for retirement. You can use them to pay for college. Roth IRAs aren't listed on the FAFSA form, unlike most assets, so they are omitted from financial aid eligibility calculations for the freshman year. BUT...if you do withdraw IRA funds, the withdrawal is counted as INCOME during subsequent years, reducing aid eligibility.
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  Tuition & Financial Aid News
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Top 10 FAFSA Myths Debunked
posted: Dec 8th   source: nerdwallet.com  
Don't let he most common FAFSA myths hold you back from applying for financial aid for college. Myth 1: My parents make too much money, so I won’t qualify for aid. Fact: You won’t know until you try. Myth 2: College is too expensive for me. Fact: Financial aid through FAFSA can make it attainable.
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  College Admissions News
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8 Mistakes Parents Make When They Help Kids Apply to College
posted: Dec 7th   source: huffingtonpost.com  
Here are the 8 big mistakes parents make when helping their kids apply to college. 1. Limited selection - focusing only on the same 200 popular, big-name schools while ignoring smaller schools that believe in education thru small classes rather than the lecture method. 4. Believing your student-athlete will win a sports scholarship. 8. Thinking community college is a great fallback.
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  Member College News
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Wilt the Stilt Becomes Wilt the Stamp
posted: Dec 7th   source: nytimes.com  
Kadir Nelson, who initially enrolled at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn to study architecture but switched to majoring in illustration, has created 2 unique, extra extra-long postage stamps that honor the late NBA great Wilt Chamberlain. Previous Nelson-designed stamps honor baseball greats Joe DiMaggio, Larry Doby, Ted Williams & Willie Stargell.
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