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Survey Results Show Most Americans View Higher Education As Important But Unaffordable

An overwhelming majority of U.S. adults say it is important to have some kind of postsecondary education, though most do not think it is affordable for those who need it, according to a new survey from the Lumina Foundation and Gallup.

Going to New Orleans? Test Your New Orleans Trivia Knowledge!

NOLA TNWhy is it called the Crescent City? (It has nothing to do with rolls, but food is a key element to the charm and ambiance of New Orleans—ask any Café du Monde beignet!) What is a beignet? Why is each seat in the Superdome a different color than the one next to it? When was the city founded? Which school of business is the oldest college of commerce in the U.S.? Check out the Experience New Orleans website for the answers to all these, and more. Register for our 2015 NASFAA National Conference today to join us in this southern city that oozes personality!

Find A Highly Qualified Financial Aid Professional To Speak At Financial Aid Nights Or To Mentor Your Staff

Nearly 400 of your peers have already signed up to volunteer as mentors for new aid administrators, mentors to high school guidance counselors, or speakers for financial aid. Now NASFAA’s online Speaker and Mentor Directory allows you to refine your search by name, state, keyword, or region to help find a volunteer in your local area! To offer your own services, simply log in to your myNASFAA profile, scroll down to click “Edit,” navigate to the Demographic Information tab, and scroll down to the “Speaker/Mentor Directory Listing.” Once you complete your profile, you can update it any time.


National News

Fed: People With Old Student Loans Are Struggling To Pay Them Back

"More borrowers are failing to make payments on their student loans five years after leaving college, painting a grim picture for borrowers, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York," Bloomberg reports.

Free Community College, Structured Pathways: Survey Of 2-Year-College Leaders

"For all the talk about the prospect of free community college, most two-year-college leaders are skeptical about the feasibility that the concept will come to pass in their states," Inside Higher Ed reports.

How LinkedIn's Latest Move May Matter To Colleges

"Whether or not college leaders realize it, last week's announcement by LinkedIn that it would spend $1.5 billion to buy, a provider of consumer-focused online courses, carries notable consequences for higher education," according to The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Her Student Debt Was Wiped After Someone Heard Her Story

"Rhea Shannon is the kind of girl who is passionate about telling stories, and is quick with a smile. ... But what really grips you is her story," CNN Money reports.

State News

Pennsylvania: Why One College Created An 'Affordability Academy' For Its Own Staff

"Lacey Vallery, an admissions counselor at Robert Morris University, has been in the field for just 10 months. So there's a lot for her to learn about the intricacies of paying for college. But she knows more - a lot more, she says - than she would have if not for the university's College Affordability Academy," according to The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Virginia: 3 Lynchburg Women Charged With Student Loan Fraud

"Three Lynchburg women are charged with submitting fraudulent student aid applications for Liberty University online classes," The Associated Press reports.

California And N.Y. Are Thinking Big On Higher Education. Will The Feds?

"In its first few years, the Obama administration played a major role in higher education as the nation's economy was foundering. ... Now, it seems, it is the states that are expansive. Or at least some of them," The Washington Post reports.

North Dakota: Senate Passes Higher Education Bill That Would Cap Tuition

"The North Dakota Senate on Wednesday passed a higher education bill that caps tuition raises at 2 ½ percent and leaves intact most of a funding formula based on students successfully completing classes," The Associated Press reports.

Judge Refuses To Block Closing Of Small Va. Women's College

"A judge refused to block the closing of Sweet Briar College on Wednesday but issued an injunction to limit the small women's college from spending any charitable contributions for that purpose," The Associated Press reports.

Blogs and Think Tanks


Transparent Oversight Of Troubled Colleges Can Help Students Make Informed Choices

"On March 31, the U.S. Department of Education released for the first time a list of postsecondary institutions that are subject to oversight because of concerns related to their administrative management or financial position," according to The Center for American Progress.

Your Taxes Are Paying For Your Neighbor's Tuition. Would You Chip In More?

"It may not feel like it sometimes, but college is subsidized in the U.S.-substantially so," according to The Washington Post's GovBeat.

4 Ways The House Republican Budget Hurts Students

"House Republicans recently released their proposed 2016 budget, and it is cause for concern," Equal Justice Works writes in The Huffington Post's The Blog.



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