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When Colleges Dangle Money to Lure Students Who Ignored Them

When Colleges Dangle Money to Lure Students Who Ignored Them | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
There is a May 1 deadline for students to choose a college and place a deposit, but increasingly, the negotiations continue well beyond that.
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What This Year's Tumultuous FAFSA Rollout Means for Students

What This Year's Tumultuous FAFSA Rollout Means for Students | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Changes intended to make filing for financial aid easier were accompanied by major structural hiccups.
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Professor hopes his quickie calculator will show low-income students they can afford a selective college - The Hechinger Report

Professor hopes his quickie calculator will show low-income students they can afford a selective college - The Hechinger Report | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
It’s the creation of Phillip Levine, a Wellesley economics professor who was frustrated by trying to forecast the cost of sending his own children to a university.

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Will changes in online college applications help students chase the American dream? - The Hechinger Report

Will changes in online college applications help students chase the American dream? - The Hechinger Report | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

The Common Application, the online gateway to some 700 American colleges, can seem like an impenetrable wall for many low-income and first-generation students. As January’s admissions deadlines loom, the Common App has made some changes this year that may ease students’ anxieties....
College admissions experts praise the changes, particularly as the Common App faces new competition from The Coalition for Access, Affordability, and Success, an application system created last year to improve access for all students. But the experts emphasize that deeper, systemic problems remain with the college admissions process that are reflected in the Common App.

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Hey Students, Applying For College Aid Is Easier! (But Still Hard)

Hey Students, Applying For College Aid Is Easier! (But Still Hard) | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Washington overhauled the FAFSA to make it easier to complete, but it's still full of roadblocks for many teens.
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Obama administration issues rules to overhaul student debt forgiveness

Obama administration issues rules to overhaul student debt forgiveness | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Students will have a clearer path to loan forgiveness if they are defrauded or misled by their colleges, according to rules issued Monday by the Obama administration.
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Low-income high schoolers to get grants for college courses

WASHINGTON (AP) — For the first time, thousands of low-income high-school students in nearly two dozen states will soon be able to get federal grants to take college courses for credit, part of a program the Obama administration plans to begin this summer.

The experimental program allows high school students to apply for federal Pell grant money to pay for college courses. The "dual enrollment" program is designed to help students from lower-income backgrounds.
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New Education Secretary: Bold Agenda. Just 10 Months To Get It Done

New Education Secretary: Bold Agenda. Just 10 Months To Get It Done | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
John B. King Jr. talks about his priorities for a tenure that may be short-lived: implementing the new education law, high-quality preschool and college access, to name a few.
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NPR Ed

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We've been to school. We know how education works. Right? In fact, many aspects of learning — in homes, at schools, at work and elsewhere — are evolving rapidly, along with our understanding of learning. Join us as we explore how learning happens.
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Three Reasons for Those Hefty College Tuition Bills

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There are three forces at work that are making college increasingly expensive. So what should we do about it?
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How student loan debt weighs on each Maine town, in one interactive map

How student loan debt weighs on each Maine town, in one interactive map | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
The color-coded map above provides a glimpse at the impact America’s student loan debt crisis is having on Maine, town by town. Generally speaking, the darker the color on the map, the higher the delinquency rate for students trying to repay their loans and the bigger the problem. The example [...]
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Experts want to tackle college affordability by first defining “affordable,” which is harder than it sounds - The Hechinger Report

In order to make college affordable, officials must first agree on a common definition, or benchmark, for what students and families should be expected to pay – or at least that’s the view of the Lumina Foundation, among others.
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The New College Scorecard: NPR Does Some Math

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There are dozens of ways to slice and dice all the data in the Obama Administration's new college scorecard. Here are three.
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Reality check: After four years of tough college prep, high school seniors grapple with gaps in financial aid - The Hechinger Report

Reality check: After four years of tough college prep, high school seniors grapple with gaps in financial aid - The Hechinger Report | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

This story is the third in an occasional series looking at six members of the senior class at Match High School, a college preparatory charter school in Boston. This installment focuses on the financial choices that the largely low-income seniors have to make before they decide on a college by May 1, 

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Cost to attend UMaine System likely to top $19,000 next year - Portland Press Herald

Cost to attend UMaine System likely to top $19,000 next year - Portland Press Herald | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Following a six-year tuition freeze, 'now it is time to invest,' Chancellor James Page says.
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Strategies for Students Too Rich for Financial Aid, Too Poor for College

Strategies for Students Too Rich for Financial Aid, Too Poor for College | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
There are many schools that offer merit aid or tuition discounting, experts say.
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The Myth of the Sports Scholarship

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Allison Goldblatt and her family believed that her elite status as a swimmer would pay her way at the college of her choice. But they found out the truth.
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At Last, Your Financial Aid Ordeal Has Gotten Easier

At Last, Your Financial Aid Ordeal Has Gotten Easier | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Thanks to long-overdue reforms, college applicants can find out earlier, often while they’re still comparing options, whether they qualify for federal aid.
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Policies to help students pay for college continue to shift toward favoring the rich - The Hechinger Report

Policies to help students pay for college continue to shift toward favoring the rich - The Hechinger Report | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
The proportion of the highest-earning families who get financial aid in the form of so-called merit grants from universities is up from 23 percent a decade ago to 28 percent today, the government’s National Center for Education Statistics found, while the proportion of the lowest-earning families getting aid has dropped from 23 percent to 20 percent.
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The Stubborn Wealth Gap in Who Earns a College Degree

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A new report demonstrates a stubborn chasm between rich and poor students earning bachelor’s degrees.
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Government data single out schools where low-income students fare worst - The Hechinger Report

Government data single out schools where low-income students fare worst - The Hechinger Report | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
New government data suggest that some colleges and universities are graduating as few of one out of 10 of the low-income students whose educations are being subsidized by taxpayers to the tune of more than $30 billion a year. The information was released on request by the U.S. Department of Education, which has now posted …
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College Students Were Hit Even Worse by the Recession Than We Thought

College Students Were Hit Even Worse by the Recession Than We Thought | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Some of the most notorious culprits in the student debt crisis today are top-tier private schools that cost students $70,000 a year while providing luxurious penthouses for their top administrators. But the reality is that one of the chief sources of growing debt is public college tuition, which is climbing as public higher education institutions increasingly rely on students' paychecks to compensate for cuts in state funding.

The general phenomenon of dwindling funding from states is well established, but a new report by the group Young Invincibles has some particularly striking data on just how bad the damage has been since the Great Recession.
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How one top college bucked a trend to take more poor and nonwhite applicants - The Hechinger Report

How one top college bucked a trend to take more poor and nonwhite applicants - The Hechinger Report | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
There’s a stone patio in front of the admissions building at Hamilton College, a gift from members of the Class of 2014 to commemorate — of all things — an obscure acceptance policy that benefited many of them.
Under the change, the college began in 2010 to consider applicants without regard to how much money their family made. And the students decided that memorializing this in stone meant Hamilton could never go back on this commitment.
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Cost of Public Colleges Varies Widely, Report Finds

Cost of Public Colleges Varies Widely, Report Finds | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
A new report from the Urban Institute shows that tuition and fees at four-year public colleges and universities varies by as much as $10,000 per student nationwide. A host of factors contribute to the variations.
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Report: For-profit institutions source of most student loan debt

Report: For-profit institutions source of most student loan debt | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
According to a new report by the Brookings Institute, a good chunk of student loan debt is held by students who attend for-profit institutions.
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