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Consumers get more information about college

July 28, 2016
Even as a higher education becomes among the biggest investments Americans make, the information available about what students and their families are getting for their money remains stubbornly sparse and often inaccurate and even misleading.
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Emergency Aid Keeps Students on Path to Graduation

July 6, 2016
Although students and their families plan for the cost of tuition, fees, housing, and textbooks, other unforeseen expenses too often result in students taking a break or fully withdrawing from their college or university. NASPA's new report, "Landscape Analysis of Emergency Aid Programs," explores how colleges use emergency aid -- even in amounts as small as $300 -- to significantly increase student success.
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The Typical College Student Is Not Who You Think It Is

July 5, 2016
Who are today’s college students? The answer surprises most people who attended four year universities.
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‘Passport’ for Transfer

Professors and academic leaders from seven western states have rolled out an “interstate passport” to help students transfer across state lines without losing credits for what they learn in general education courses. The Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education helped lead the project, which has been in the works for five years. The Carnegie Corporation and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation have contributed funding.
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College deadlines complicate Early FAFSA

The Obama administration’s new Oct. 1 FAFSA release date was supposed to make it easier for students to apply for financial aid — giving students and their families three additional months to fill out the all-important financial aid form. But while the White House giveth extra time, some colleges taketh away.
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Families Often Underestimate Financial Aid Eligibility

Just 24 percent of parents and 37 percent of students believe they will qualify for financial aid, according to a national survey of more than 5,000 high school students and parents released today by Royall & Company, a division of EAB. That is significantly fewer families than the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) says actually receive aid in the form of grants or low-interest loans from the federal government: 85 percent of all college-going students.
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Community college students are filling the rolls at four-year institutions

Public colleges and universities are drawing a large percentage of their students from community colleges, where nearly two-thirds of students transfer to a four-year institution, according to a report released Tuesday by the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center.
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Study casts doubt on value of remedial math for college

June 27, 2016
Colleges routinely force students with weak math skills to take remedial classes before enrolling in one that yields credit, a requirement that poses one of the biggest hurdles for disadvantaged Americans on the path to getting a degree. Many placed in remediation get disheartened or sidetracked and end up dropping out of college before they ever really start.
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Minnesota community colleges clear a path for four-year degrees

For many students, community college is the first step toward earning a bachelor’s degree. But many others never finish. Now, officials at the newly named Minnesota State college system are trying to make it easier — by allowing students to complete their four-year degrees without leaving the two-year campus.
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Texas HBCU Launches Think Tank to Groom Next Generation of Black Leaders

One of the oldest HBCUs in the nation is working to cultivate the next generation of Black leaders through a new Black think tank. Last week, Paul Quinn College President Michael Sorrell announced the launch of the school’s new African-American Leadership Institute. With the help of elected Black officials across Northern Texas, the initiative aims to tackle issues affecting African-Americans in the state and beyond, The Dallas Morning News reported.
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