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  General College News
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Colleges need to do more to help students transfer credits, GAO says
posted: 1 hours ago   source: washingtonpost.com  
Students lose nearly half the college credits they've earned by transferring from one school to another, placing them at risk of exhausting federal grants and loans to repeat courses. To save money, some students start at low-cost community colleges. They're often frustrated to learn that the math or science courses they took do not meet the standards of their new school. This costs money & delays graduation.
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  General College News
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Liberal Arts in the Data Age
posted: 2 hours ago   source: hbr.org  
Are liberal arts majors the future? Many tasks that once required specialized training can now be done with simple tools and the internet. If we want to prepare students to solve large-scale human problems, Scott Hartley argues, we must push them to widen, not narrow, their education and interests. What matters now is not the skills you have but how you think. Can you ask the right questions?
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  Tuition & Financial Aid News
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UCLA official: Seven ways colleges hinder diversity through their financial aid
posted: 2 hours ago   source: washingtonpost.com  
Many colleges say they want to diversify their campuses. But, their financial aid policies often undermine these goals. For example, by tying merit aid to future grades...by using private loans and parent loans in financial aid offers and then claiming to students that their package will meet their full need...by asking for unreasonably high financial contributions from summer earnings.
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  Student Loan News
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Here’s what happens if you don’t pay your student loans
posted: 3 hours ago   source: cnbc.com  
Many borrowers don't know what actually happens if you are unable to make a student loan payment. First and foremost, it will hurt your credit score and make it more difficult to borrow money in the future. Next the exact repercussions depend on if the loans are held by the federal government (flexible repayment plans, lower interest rates) or a private student loan company.
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  Higher Ed and Washington
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Student loan companies reach $21.6 million settlement over dubious debt collection lawsuits
posted: 4 hours ago   source: washingtonpost.com  
Many private college loans get sold to National Collegiate Student Loan Trusts, which in turn securitized the loans and sold them to private investors; similar to what happened before the 2008 housing crash. Not only is it unclear who actually owns any individual loan, but they sued borrowers without providing evidence they actually owned the loans. This settlement provides compensation to people victimized by the...
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  Tuition & Financial Aid News
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An early look at first-year results from Prior-Prior Year FAFSA Filing
posted: 4 hours ago   source: insidehighered.com  
2016 was the first year that families could file a FAFSA as early as Oct. 1 - using 'prior-prior year' tax data. Results: Student financial aid forms were filed early; award letters were mailed earlier. At University of Tampa, this led to a higher yield of admitted students sending deposits - and also appears to have lowered the rate of canceled deposits. A higher percentage of freshmen filed the FAFSA.
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  College Admissions News
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Learn How to Impress College Admissions Counselors
posted: 20 hours ago   source: usnews.com  
Admissions Tip: 'We're going through these applications quickly. Grab our attention and show us what you're passionate about.' Admissions officers devote time to scrutinizing the courses you've chosen; do your choices show that you're a serious student? Show that you're a problem-solver - and how you've used your skills in real-world settings. Prioritize - highlight your uniqueness and depth.
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  College Admissions News
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Tell Colleges You Love Them
posted: 21 hours ago   source: www-forbes-com.cdn.ampproject.org  
At some point in any romantic relationship, this question may arise: 'Why do you love me?' That's what colleges want to know in your application. Do your research. Describe what the college's unique offering(s) means to you personally. Don't focus on geography - why you want to go south or north for the winter. Don't rave about the school's engineering program if it doesn't have one.
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  Student Loan News
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Why paying off student loans early could be a mistake
posted: 21 hours ago   source: money.cnn.com  
Student loans are low interest debt. Different types of debt can vary widely in how much they cost the borrower. Credit card debt is typically the most expensive, with exorbitantly high interest rates and a remarkable array of fees. Pay these off first. It's OK to pay off your private student loans (higher interest rates) quickly, but federal student loans have lower interest rates.
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  Campus Finances
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College sports is pro sports, and we should treat it that way
posted: 22 hours ago   source: bostonglobe.com  
In Kentucky and Mississippi — two of the poorest states — the athletic programs at Louisville and Ole Miss each took in more than $110 million last year. The NCAA’s Division I generated more than $8 billion - most of it flowing tax-free from television giants, corporate sponsors and wealthy boosters, paying the salaries of coaches and college presidents, luxury skyboxes and tutors for illiterate players.
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  General College News
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Ready to Feel Old? Time for the Mind-Set List
posted: 22 hours ago   source: insidehighered.com  
To help out academics who are not quite as in touch with student culture as they once were, Beloit College publishes an annual mind-set list to promote understanding of the new students. Today's freshmen are the first generation for whom a phone has been primarily a video game, direction finder, electronic telegraph and research library. There have always been emoji.
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  College Admissions News
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Consider Both Liberal Arts Colleges, National Universities
posted: 23 hours ago   source: usnews.com  
Experts advise undergraduate applicants to evaluate both National Liberal Arts Colleges and National Universities during their college search. What's the difference? 'Often at large, research institutions, students must apply to specific majors or departments. At most liberal arts institutions, students just apply to the school, and, if admitted, can choose to study any of the majors and minors that are offered.'
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  Paying For College
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Area colleges offer more aid as tuition rises
posted: Sep 18th   source: wbjournal.com  
Both private and state higher education institutions are struggling with higher costs and higher tuition. Numerous central Massachusetts schools, including SAGE members Anna Maria College, Clark University and Worcester Institute of Technology, have increased the amount of aid given to students significantly. It was noted that a number of colleges have reduced their tuition in the last couple of years, a trend that...
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  Member College News
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Eastern Iowa private colleges find encouraging news in fall enrollment reports
posted: Sep 18th   source: thegazette.com  
SAGE member schools Coe College and Cornell College both report increase in freshman enrollment of 6.7% and 4% respectively. They credit aggressive marketing efforts and program expansions for most of the growth.
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  General College News
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The Economic Case for Letting Teenagers Sleep a Little Later
posted: Sep 18th   source: nytimes.com  
Our teens are sleep-deprived. More than 90% of high schools and more than 80% of middle schools start before 8:30 AM. More sleep has been shown to lead to higher academic achievement. A new study found the added academic benefit of later school start times would be equivalent of about two additional months of schooling - and add about $17,500 to a student’s earnings over the course of a lifetime.
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  College Admissions News
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President Botzman: Cooperation for community colleges and universities
posted: Sep 18th   source: timesleader.com  
The National Student Clearinghouse Research Center’s recent report confirms a national trend in higher education that also bodes well for local collegians and our communities in Northeastern Pennsylvania: An increasing number of students who enroll at community colleges later earn a traditional four-year college degree.

The center tracks almost all students who enter a college in the United States. In 2011, more...
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  Retirement Savings News
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Why it’s so hard for Americans to save for retirement
posted: Sep 18th   source: washingtonpost.com  
Ted Benna is sometimes called the father of the 401(k), which allows employees to set aside pretax earnings for retirement. Workers who have access to a retirement plan through their jobs are 15 times as likely to save for retirement. Small businesses need to be able to offer retirement plans with a payroll deduction IRA - simple, no employer liability & tax incentives for low-income workers.
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  College Admissions News
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The Trump effect in college admissions: Rural outreach increases, international recruitment gets harder
posted: Sep 15th   source: washingtonpost.com  
The Trump effect in college admissions: Rural outreach increases but international recruitment gets harder. A large majority college admissions directors surveyed (76%) agreed that Trump’s statements and policies have made it harder to recruit international students; 9% disagreed. To maintain enrollment, some admissions officials are making more trips abroad to woo applicants and their fmailies.
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  General College News
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The problem with the 2018 U.S. News rankings: Junk in, junk out
posted: Sep 15th   source: washingtonpost.com  
The U.S. News and World Report college rankings has been heavily used by both American and international students as a guide to which schools are most desirable. There has been controversy for many years about its validity. For instance, over 20% of a school ranking is based on its (subjective) reputation, another 20% is based on a school's wealth, and 5% is based on alumni donations alone. This leaves out many...
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  Paying For College
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New Site on Higher Education Finance
posted: Sep 15th   source: insidehighered.com  
Higher education finance consultant Nate Johnson has created a new website devoted to college finances. The link in the article takes you to the website, which has sections devoted to where institutions and students get their revenues from. Nationwide, students get 2/3 of the money to pay for college from family, loans and work.
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