Today's News for
Friday, September 19, 2014
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NEWS FROM NASFAA
Students, parents, and members of the media aren't the only
stakeholders questioning the rising costs of attending college.
Policymakers have inquired about it so many times that the
Congressional Research Service (CRS) recently investigated,
Income level, living expenses, and repaying their own student
loan debt prevents many parents from savings for the higher
education expenses of their children, according to a
survey from the Certified Financial Planning Board of
Standards (CFP Board). While 83 percent of the 1,003 parents
surveyed are currently saving or have plans to start saving for
their children's higher education, 17 percent of parents are not
and said they have no plans to do so.
Each year on September 17, also known as Constitution Day and Citizenship Day, higher education institutions must offer educational programs about the Constitution in order to remain eligible for Title IV funding. Fortunately, the law and accompanying regulations are incredibly flexible. Nearly a dozen of your peers have weighed in so far to tell us what their institutions did earlier this week to commemorate Constitution Day and Citizenship Day. Read through their comments to get ideas for next year or leave your own comment to share your ideas and suggestions with others.
"Measuring the job-market returns of college credentials is
complex work, according to researchers who gathered here this week
for a meeting on higher education data. That makes it challenging,
or even risky, for policy makers to use those metrics to hold
colleges accountable," Inside Higher
"[S]ome colleges do offer 'employment guarantees.' Understanding
the promise-and motives-behind those efforts, though, turns out to
be more complicated than the simple phrase suggests," according
to The Chronicle of Higher Education.
"Last year was a difficult one for college admissions -- with
institutions reporting more and more difficulty filling their
classes. Things aren't any better and they may be a little worse,
according to the 2014 Inside Higher Ed Survey of
College and University Admissions Directors," Inside
Higher Ed reports.
"Charter One Bank and its parent company, Citizens Bank, said
Tuesday it will become the first national bank to offer refinancing
of federal student loans," the Beacon
"Students likely will be insulated from $90 million in cuts the
McAuliffe administration is seeking this fiscal year and next from
Virginia's public colleges and universities," The
Washington Post reports.
"Imagine this: Completing four years of college without seeing
your tuition increase even once. A bill that has begun advancing in
the New Jersey Legislature would make that a
reality," NJ.com reports.
"College is often seen as central to the American Dream, a
pathway to upward mobility for rich and poor alike. But the numbers
show higher education is a road taken far more often by the haves
than the have-nots," Goldie Blumenstyk writes for The
Chronicle of Higher Education.
"For all the innovation at community colleges today, it is
curious that a 50-year-old conception of open access is considered
so untouchable," Juliet Lilledahl Scherer, president of the Midwest
Regional Association for Developmental Education, and Mirra Leigh
Anson, director of the Upward Bound Project at the University of
Iowa, write in an essay for The Chronicle of Higher
Blogs and Think Tanks
"[KPMG] released its annual survey of 120 senior executives,
mostly chief financial officers, chief academic officers, and
controllers, at public and private colleges across the country,"
according to The Chronicle of Higher Education's The
"I've seen a lot of buzz among grad-school friends lately
about Good and Cheap, Leanne Brown's cookbook of
'delicious meals available to those on even the most strict of
budgets,'" Dan Royles, a visiting assistant professor of U.S.
history at Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, writes
NASFAA CAREER CENTER
- Director of Financial Aid & Veteran Services, Texas A&M University - Texarkana, Texarkana, Texas
- Financial Aid and Scholarships Coordinator, Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas
- Vice President for Enrollment Management, McMurry University, Abilene, Texas
- Director of Financial Aid and Scholarships, Portland State University, Portland, Oregon