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Busting the Myths about Private Colleges

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Private Colleges Focus on Affordability

New campus affordability measures are helping to keep students' and families' out-of-pocket costs as low as possible. Tuition cuts and freezes, three-year degree programs, and more. Complete list

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What You Need to Know About the Tax Extenders Up for a Vote

Huffington Post - Opinion Piece

October 15, 2014

Last December, more than 50 temporary tax laws, known as "tax extenders," expired. These "extenders" are essentially tax incentives for individuals and businesses. They range from big to small stuff such as tax breaks for schoolteachers who buy supplies or tax breaks for college students and parents who pay for tuition.

Coursera Expands Its MOOC Certificate Program

Chronicle of Higher Education

October 15, 2014

Coursera, the online education company, announced on Wednesday that it was expanding a program that awards special certificates to students who pass multiple MOOCs.

Ebola Could Test College Commitments to International Academic Exchange

Washington Post

October 15, 2014

U.S. colleges and universities have long prided themselves on an open-door policy that encourages enrollment of international students. Their commitment to that principle might get tested in coming months as the deadly Ebola virus ravages three west African nations. On Wednesday, CNBC reported that Navarro College in Texas had denied admission to at least two Ni­ger­ian applicants because that country had experienced confirmed cases of Ebola.

Report: Many with Private Student Loans Fall into Default for Lack of Good Options for Terms

Associated Press

October 15, 2014

Millions of Americans still struggle with high-cost private student loans, with many tumbling into default because the companies servicing the loans aren't offering reasonable options for improved terms, a new report says.

Student Loan Repayment Is so Complicated, Even a Top Expert Can't Figure It Out


October 15, 2014

Here's how confusing it can be to pay back a student loan: even the person who shaped the federal student aid system can't figure it out. Former Education Department official Bob Shireman recently wrote at the Huffington Post about helping his niece pick a student loan repayment plan. He recounts a baffling series of steps to enroll in income-based repayment, the federal plan with the lowest monthly payments.

What Congress Should Do to Give Student Loan Borrowers Hope For Relief

Time, Money - Opinion Piece

October 15, 2014

Joe Valenti and David Bergeron write: The student loan exception to bankruptcy laws ignores tragic life situations of students, parents, and grandparents alike. And it should be changed. A common-sense approach to bankruptcy reform would help struggling families while promoting a better student loan system for everyone.

Stanford’s Hennessy on Technology, College Ratings, Sex Assault Prevention — and More

Washington Post

October 15, 2014

The head of the Silicon Valley university at the forefront of the digital revolution in teaching and learning warned more than two years ago that “there’s a tsunami coming” in higher education. In hindsight, Stanford University President John L. Hennessy’s assessment could be seen as overstated. With isolated exceptions, colleges and universities do not seem this fall to be in jeopardy of financial collapse.

Chart: It's Impossible to Afford College with a Minimum Wage Job


October 15, 2014

It's a lot harder to pay for college now than it used to be. A new chart from the website Attn shows just how much harder. Until around 1980, you could pay the average college tuition price with earnings from a minimum wage summer job. Today, you'd have to work full-time almost all year — and that's just to cover the $14,000 in average tuition and fees, not including books, living expenses, or transportation.

Catholic Colleges Greet an Unchurched Generation

Chronicle of Higher Education

October 15, 2014

Lay presidents, a minority until a decade ago, now outnumber members of the clergy at the helm of the nation’s 225 Roman Catholic colleges. Catholic students, who once dominated these campuses, now make up just half of undergraduates. The pipeline that once fed Catholic colleges is shrinking: Catholic secondary-school enrollments have dropped 42 percent since 1970. Americans, including many who are nominally Catholic, increasingly identify themselves as spiritual but not religious.

Bill Seeks Oversight of Private Colleges

Albuquerque, N.M., Journal

October 14, 2014

A move by some congressional Democrats to strengthen oversight of private, for-profit colleges and universities got a boost this month when it was endorsed by 14 state attorneys general, including New Mexico’s Gary King. However, none of the state’s five-member congressional delegation, including the two Democratic senators, has signed on.
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