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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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CFPB highlights alleged credit reporting errors relating to discharged student loans of disabled veterans

JDSupra.com

November 20, 2014

In a new blog post, the CFPB provides credit reporting advice to service-disabled veterans who take advantage of federal student loan forgiveness available from the Department of Education for veterans who receive a 100 percent disability rating from the Department of Veterans Affairs. The CFPB encourages veterans who use this benefit to confirm that their student loan servicer is providing correct information about their loan discharge to credit bureaus. The blog post appears to have been triggered by complaints or reports of alleged credit reporting errors the CFPB has received from service-disabled veterans.

3 Key Moments in the History of Student Loans

Chronicle of Higher Education

November 19, 2014

Given the chance to start from scratch, it’s hard to imagine that anyone would design the student-loan system we have today. There’s a lot of complexity. Students can borrow through several different federal loan programs, and when those loans come due, borrowers can choose from a number of repayment plans. Loans have become the dominant type of federal student aid and a typical part of the student experience—some 70 percent of bachelor’s-degree recipients now graduate with debt.

Default Rate Adjustments Panned

Inside Higher Ed

November 19, 2014

The top Democrats on the U.S. Senate and House education committees on Tuesday criticized the Obama administration for tweaking the student loan default rates of some colleges, a policy that allowed those institutions to avoid penalties.

College kids’ homeless hell: Why a secret, massive crisis is getting even worse

Salon

November 19, 2014

With colleges spending billions on lavish housing developments, it’s easy to think that all students are living large. The sad reality? Student homelessness in higher education is a larger issue than most realize, with tens of thousands across the country homeless.

The Plight of the Public Regional College

Chronicle of Higher Education

November 19, 2014

Falling enrollments and shrinking state dollars are putting an especially tight squeeze on regional colleges. In contrast to public flagships, the regional institutions have two strikes against them: They largely serve a place-bound student body, and they lack the prestige to build big endowments or research portfolios.

A Competitive Disadvantage

Inside Higher Ed

November 19, 2014

The NCAA allows institutions to use special admissions programs as long as they also offer the opportunity to other types of students, such as those in music programs. A 2009 review by the Associated Press found that athletes were far likelier to benefit from special admissions than other types of students, identifying about 30 universities where athletes were at least 10 times more likely to be admitted through special admissions than non-athletes were.

Tangled in Red Tape

Chronicle of Higher Education

November 18, 2014

Higher education is getting a lot of heat these days for its rising costs, bloated administration, and sluggish movement toward innovation. Those who work in the sector point to at least one cause: Having to devote staff members to a vast regulatory regime of hundreds of rules from dozens of state and federal agencies with reams of required paperwork. The rules seem to have expanded with scrutiny of student debt and graduation rates. Leaders of traditional institutions often say they’re paying a price for higher education’s bad actors, while some observers argue that colleges just want to duck accountability. Of course, no industry relishes regulation, but many in this one wonder whether the red tape is accomplishing what policy makers intended.

The Added Value of Small Independent Colleges

Huffington Post - Presidential Opinion

November 18, 2014

Dr. Barbara-Jayne Lewthwaite, President, Centenary College writes: Given the rising cost of higher education, I believe that small independent colleges will demonstrate they are a sound investment, as well as an added value, for students who want to succeed during their college years, and beyond.

Dropping Out, Again: Why So Many College Students Never Graduate

NBC News

November 18, 2014

A new study, based on National Student Clearinghouse Research Center data of 4.5 million non-first-time students, found that only about a third of students who re-enrolled in college between 2005 and 2008 ended up earning their degree. The completion rates for those students at public four-year universities and community colleges was 27 percent lower than for first-time students.

The Midterm Elections: What Do They Mean for Accreditation?

Roll Call - Opinion Piece

November 18, 2014

Judith S. Eaton writes: The midterm elections are over and the question for higher education and accreditation is: What will the change to Republican leadership in the U.S. Senate mean going forward? Will we have a reauthorization of the Higher Education Act any time in the next few years? If so, what will it look like? If not, what will this mean for the academic community?
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