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Wall Street Journal

Companies Help Employees Pay Tuition—but Few Accept the Offer

Companies Help Employees Pay Tuition—but Few Accept the Offer

June 11, 2018

Companies are stepping up efforts to help employees get academic degrees. So why aren’t more employees taking advantage?  McDonald’s Corp. recently announced it would expand the eligibility requirements for its tuition-assistance program. Walmart Inc., Yum Brands Inc.’s Taco Bell, Kroger Co. , meanwhile, all have announced new tuition-assistance programs in recent months. The trend reflects efforts to attract and retain workers in a competitive labor market and to help them meet the changing demands of their jobs, says Jaime Fall, the director of UpSkill America at the Aspen Institute.
Companies are stepping up efforts to help employees get academic degrees. So why aren’t more employees taking advantage?  McDonald’s Corp. recently announced it would expand the eligibility requirements for its tuition-assistance program. Walmart Inc., Yum Brands Inc.’s Taco Bell, Kroger Co. , meanwhile, all have announced new tuition-assistance programs in recent months. The trend reflects efforts to attract and retain workers in a competitive labor market and to help them meet the changing demands of their jobs, says Jaime Fall, the director of UpSkill America at the Aspen Institute.

June 11, 2018

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WHYY.com, Philadelphia, PA

Federal Reserve Study: ‘Last Dollar’ Program Helps Boost Low-Income College Enrollment

Federal Reserve Study: ‘Last Dollar’ Program Helps Boost Low-Income...

June 11, 2018

Targeted supplemental financial aid can make a difference to low- to moderate-income college students, according to a preliminary report from the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia. The study focused on a Rutgers-Camden program called “Bridging the Gap” that debuted in the fall 2016. As tuition increases and student loan debt soars nationally, many universities and government programs are looking for ways to reduce financial barriers to college.
Targeted supplemental financial aid can make a difference to low- to moderate-income college students, according to a preliminary report from the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia. The study focused on a Rutgers-Camden program called “Bridging the Gap” that debuted in the fall 2016. As tuition increases and student loan debt soars nationally, many universities and government programs are looking for ways to reduce financial barriers to college.

June 11, 2018

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The Chronicle of Higher Education

Education Dept. Report Says No to a For-Profit Accreditor — But It Might Not Matter

Education Dept. Report Says No to a For-Profit Accreditor — But It ...

June 11, 2018

For the second time in less than two years, officials at the U.S. Department of Education have recommended against approving a controversial accrediting agency that primarily oversees for-profit colleges. But their finding may have little effect on the accreditor’s future.  Friday evening, the department released a 244-page document advising that the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools, known as Acics, fails to meet nearly 60 federal regulations on accreditation. 
For the second time in less than two years, officials at the U.S. Department of Education have recommended against approving a controversial accrediting agency that primarily oversees for-profit colleges. But their finding may have little effect on the accreditor’s future.  Friday evening, the department released a 244-page document advising that the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools, known as Acics, fails to meet nearly 60 federal regulations on accreditation. 

June 11, 2018

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CNBC.com

Why Flunking or Dropping That College Class Will Dent Your Wallet

Why Flunking or Dropping That College Class Will Dent Your Wallet

June 11, 2018

If your child's thinking of withdrawing from that organic chemistry class he hates, tell him to hang in there and do the best he can — thousands of dollars in financial aid may depend on it.  That's because college students must meet a series of requirements, including maintaining a minimum C average and successfully completing a minimum number of credits, in order to qualify for the full amount of loans and grants they're expecting to receive.
If your child's thinking of withdrawing from that organic chemistry class he hates, tell him to hang in there and do the best he can — thousands of dollars in financial aid may depend on it.  That's because college students must meet a series of requirements, including maintaining a minimum C average and successfully completing a minimum number of credits, in order to qualify for the full amount of loans and grants they're expecting to receive.

June 11, 2018

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The Wall Street Journal

How College Alumni Donors Can Get What They Pay For

How College Alumni Donors Can Get What They Pay For

June 11, 2018

When it comes to donating money to their college alma maters, more alumni are attaching strings to their gifts. 
Instead of writing a check and letting the school decide how to spend it, alumni are donating money with the stipulation that it be used for a specific purpose—such as funding an academic program, a professor, a sports team or even the school band. In this way, alumni can target an area of the school where they have a personal connection, or where they think their money can have the greatest impact.
When it comes to donating money to their college alma maters, more alumni are attaching strings to their gifts. 
Instead of writing a check and letting the school decide how to spend it, alumni are donating money with the stipulation that it be used for a specific purpose—such as funding an academic program, a professor, a sports team or even the school band. In this way, alumni can target an area of the school where they have a personal connection, or where they think their money can have the greatest impact.

June 11, 2018

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