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  Tuition & Financial Aid News
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How to Decipher a Financial Aid Letter
posted: 11 hours ago   source: time.com  
Over the years that I’ve worked with families, I’ve learned that the financial aid letters that arrive in the mail can be terribly confusing. To assess aid packages from different schools, the first step is to separate “family money” from “other people’s money.” Then, create a spreadsheet & subtract OPM from COA (cost of attendance).
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  General College News
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Misericordia University hosts 6th annual Collaborative Care Conference for students and faculty
posted: 12 hours ago   source: misericordia.edu  
Misericordia University served as one of seven host sites for the 6th annual Collaborative Care Conference that featured nearly 800 students and 150 faculty facilitators from 10 colleges and universities in northeastern and central Pennsylvania.
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  General College News
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Misericordia University campus community dresses C.A.S.U.A.L. to support colon cancer awareness project
posted: Mar 26th   source: misericordia.edu  
More than 90 members of the Misericordia University campus community participated in the 12th anniversary of C.A.S.U.A.L. Day (Colon Cancer Awareness Saves Unlimited Adult Lives) sponsored by the Northeast Regional Cancer Institute.

Organized by staff member Emma Mulhern, the supporters included students, parents, staff, faculty, and President Thomas J. Botzman and his wife, Vanessa. They purchased and wore red...
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  General College News
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As Industry Changes, Some Liberal Arts Colleges Still Thrive
posted: Mar 26th   source: usnews.com  
For many liberal arts colleges, it's an uphill battle to recruit & enroll enough students. But some small private colleges have found ways to adapt and remain both financially stable & true to their liberal arts mission. Through service learning, study-abroad opportunities, internships & undergraduate research, many now emphasize career development.
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  General College News
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Misericordia University medical director named a 'Hero in Surgery' by American College of Surgeons
posted: Mar 26th   source: misericordia.edu  
The American College of Surgeons, Chicago, Ill., recently honored Stanley J. Dudrick, M.D., F.A.C.S., medical director of the physician assistant program and recipient of the first endowed chair position at Misericordia University, by including him in a series of biographical videos entitled, “Heroes in Surgery: Our Legacy.’’
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  Student Loan News
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We’re Frighteningly in the Dark About Student Debt
posted: Mar 25th   source: nytimes.com  
Who is remarkably ignorant about student debt? Yes, the U.S. Dept. of Education. Dumb? There's no chief economist on staff. DOE won't share data with federal agencies that do have analytic tools. DOE doesn't know how many borrowers are delinquent on federal loans... which colleges leave students with low earnings & large debts they can’t pay... or how many borrowers are eligible for federal debt relief.
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  Tuition & Financial Aid News
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UVa plans 11% tuition increase for incoming freshmen from Virginia
posted: Mar 25th   source: examiner.com  
After 8,786 HS seniors received their acceptance letters from the University of Virginia, the UVa Board of Visitors passed a massive 11% tuition increase for in-state residents - with a similar increase pending for 2016. The College of William & Mary, also state-funded, passed a similar increase a year ago.
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  College Admissions News
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Goodbye, SAT: How online courses will change college admissions
posted: Mar 24th   source: washingtonpost.com  
Massive open online courses (MOOCs) give HS students a chance to prove they’re ready for a university. The college gets an accurate measure of student academic preparedness. For admissions, MOOC success may be more predictive of college success than SAT scores, which are highly correlated with parental income - and explain only 2.7% of student grade variation.
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  Student Loan News
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Student Loans Delay, Deter Dreams of Becoming a Nun
posted: Mar 23rd   source: nbcphiladelphia.com  
The number of nuns is declining. Young adults called to the church are finding themselves saddled with an average of $31,000 in debt that can take decades to repay. Long-standing requirements that nuns must be debt-free by the time they take their vows can delay — and sometimes deter — those interested in joining religious life.

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  General College News
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Anger and Activism Greet Plan to Shut Sweet Briar College
posted: Mar 23rd   source: nytimes.com  
The abrupt decision this month by the Sweet Briar board to close the 114-year-old women’s liberal arts college at the end of this term “as a result of insurmountable financial challenges” — with no advance warning to students, parents, alumnae or professors — has transformed this tranquil community into a hotbed of anger and activism.
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  General College News
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Are You The First In Your Family to Attend College?
posted: Mar 22nd   source: collegesavings.about.com  
Of students who manage to become the first in a low-income family to attend college, just 11% receive a 4-year degree within 6 years of enrollment. Among the author's 5 tips: Consider small 4-year colleges, which have more resources to support students from low-income families than community colleges, which usually don't offer summer orientation sessions, one-on-one tutoring, mentoring & cultural support.
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  Member College News
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Blair to become president at Bryn Athyn College
posted: Mar 22nd   source: philly.com  
Brian Blair will become president of Bryn Athyn College effective July 1. A graduate of Duquesne University, he has worked in the finance and banking industries for more than three decades and served as a board member with various non-profit organizations.
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  Member College News
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DelVal Flower Show display wins five awards
posted: Mar 22nd   source: delval.edu  
Delaware Valley College students gain hands-on experience building a display for the Philadelphia Flower Show, the world's largest and longest-running indoor flower show, DelVal’s exhibit won five awards this year including The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s Gold Medal in Education - imaging cities in 2139, after the polar ice caps melt.
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  Tuition & Financial Aid News
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How to Interpret College Financial Aid Letters
posted: Mar 22nd   source: collegesavings.about.com  
If you're accepted by multiple colleges, the financial aid packages will arrive soon. Unfortunately, comparing offers is difficult. There are 4 vital aspects in any comparison - cost of attendance, expected family contribution, work study awards and loans vs. grants. Many colleges include student & PLUS loans under 'financial aid'. Not really!
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  Paying For College
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Grandparents’ college help, even savings plans, could end up hurting students
posted: Mar 20th   source: heraldonline.com  
If a grandparent owns the 529 plan, keep it in the grandparent’s name until after the FAFSA is filed. Then it's not a parental asset. After the FAFSA is completed, in the year the funds will be used, transfer the 529 plan into the parent’s name to avoid dreadful financial aid consequences in a subsequent year. (Or, use the grandparent 529 funds for the senior year.)

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  College Admissions News
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It’s not too late: Colleges still accepting applications for fall 2015
posted: Mar 19th   source: examiner.com  
Many colleges across the country are ready, willing & more than happy to consider an application for fall 2015. (The attached list of D.C. regional colleges includes 4 SAGE members - Bridgewater, Eastern Mennonite, Hollins & Hood.) For a national list, the article provides 3 websites to search for colleges still accepting applications.
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  General College News
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Misericordia University medical imaging major chosen for ASRT Student Leadership Development Program
posted: Mar 19th   source: misericordia.edu  
Misericordia University medical imaging major Allison McIntyre of Ashland, Pa., has been selected to participate in the American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) 2015 Student Leadership Development Program in June.

The daughter of Michael McIntyre and Cathy Canfield both of Ashland, will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to the 2015 ASRT Educational Symposium and Annual Governance and House of Delegates...
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  Higher Ed and Washington
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House GOP Budget Bill Would Freeze Pell Grants for 10 Years
posted: Mar 19th   source: insidehighered.com  
Kicking off probably months of contentious budget battles, Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives released a 2016 funding blueprint that calls for freezing the maximum Pell Grant award at the current $5,775 for the next 10 years - regardless of future tuition inflation. Critics charged this represents "balancing the budget on the backs of students".
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  Higher Ed and Washington
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House Would Cut Student Aid More Than Budget Blueprint Reveals
posted: Mar 19th   source: chronicle.com  
The proposed House Republican budget would abolish the in-school interest subsidy on Stafford loans, reverse a recent expansion of income-based repayment & end public-sector loan forgiveness. The 3 changes would save taxpayers more than $61 billion over 10 years - but make student loans more expensive for borrowers.
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  College Admissions News
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Forget Harvard and Stanford. It really doesn’t matter where you go to college
posted: Mar 17th   source: washingtonpost.com  
Few students who get rejected by Princeton end up at Northern Michigan U. That’s where Howard Schultz went to college. Today, he's CEO of Starbucks. Parents are rightly concerned about launching their kids into a more competitive world & want to give them every advantage. But there are unintended consequences of putting so much pressure on teenagers to get admitted to a selective school.
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