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  Student Loan News
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When Unpaid Student Loan Bills Mean You Can No Longer Work
posted: 16 hours ago   source: mobile.nytimes.com  
A version of 'debtor's prison' - England's gift to the 1700s and 1800s - is back. 20 states suspend your professional or driver’s licenses if you fall behind on student loan payments. Firefighters, nurses, teachers, lawyers, massage therapists, barbers, psychologists and real estate brokers have all had their credentials suspended or revoked. It's punitive - and prevents paying off those loans.
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  Campus Finances
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Fewer Foreign Students Are Coming to U.S., Survey Shows
posted: 17 hours ago   source: nytimes.com  
The number of newly arriving international students declined an average 7% in fall 2017, with 45% of campuses reporting drops in new international enrollment. The Midwest was hit especially hard as, those students headed instead for Australia, Britain & Canada. Foreign students provide an infusion of $39 billion into the U.S. economy each year.
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  Student Loan News
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5 Flaws That Kill Student Loan Collection Lawsuits
posted: 17 hours ago   source: nytimes.com  
Borrowers have defaulted on billions of dollars in private student loan debt. Seeking payment, creditors file tens of thousands of lawsuits each year. However, creditors lose when they cannot prove that they own the debt...or have business records that are not admissible in court...or aren't license to do business in that jurisdiction...or the debt is beyond the statute of limitations.
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  Higher Ed and Washington
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House GOP Tax-Writers Take Aim at College Tuition Benefits
posted: Nov 17th   source: nytimes.com  
More than 145,000 graduate students are attending college for free. They are often living on minimum-wage stipends, working long hours, studying and attending classes. For them, the House's repeal of the 'tuition waiver' tax break (often in return for being a 'teaching assistant') could have dire financial consequences. Tuition benefits for children of university employees would also be taxed.
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  Higher Ed and Washington
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Government analysis shows House tax bill would increase the cost of college by $71 billion over a decade
posted: Nov 17th   source: washingtonpost.com  
The repeal and revision of higher-education tax benefits in the House-passed bill will cost students and families more than $71 billion over the next decade. Gone would be the student loan interest deduction & several higher education tax credits. Employer-provided tuition assistance would be taxed as income. Grad school 'tuition waivers' would be taxed (even though no paychecks are received).
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  General College News
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Don’t be fooled: Top public universities are turning their back on poor students
posted: Nov 17th   source: washingtonpost.com  
Data suggests that in many states, low-income students are increasingly being pushed out of public flagship and research universities, leading them to enroll in less-prominent regional state colleges, community colleges and for-profit schools. The result: Graduation (within 6 years) becomes far less likely for students whose families are in the bottom 40% of income.
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  Student Loan News
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What we now know about who struggles with student debt
posted: Nov 17th   source: washingtonpost.com  
Older African-Americans and college students with children disproportionately bear the burden of education debt, according to new studies. Roughly 75% of black borrowers who defaulted have dropped out of for-profit colleges - and are in danger of having future Social Security checks 'garnished'. Only 44% of community colleges provide child care services; about 50% of state 4-year colleges do.
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  Paying For College
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Education Debt Held by Older Americans
posted: Nov 16th   source: insidehighered.com  
Recently released federal data show that 17 percent of federal student debt holders are over the age of 50. An analysis released by the Urban Institute shows that 3.5 percent of Americans over 50 hold student debt for their own education, compared to roughly 8 percent with debt for their children or grandchildren. Older borrowers who are holding debt for their own education report more precarious finances than those...
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  Student Loan News
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Behind the Lucrative Assembly Line of Student Debt Lawsuits
posted: Nov 15th   source: nytimes.com  
Transworld Systems has been one of most prolific debt collectors, filing more than 38,000 lawsuits in the last 3 years on behalf of the National Collegiate Student Loan Trusts. Many of the cases were flawed - mass-produced documentation based on scant verification, suits against consumers who had already paid off their loans, 'sloppy & illegal collection methods'.
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  Member College News
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Even before free tuition, WNY private colleges struggle to fill seats
posted: Nov 15th   source: buffalonews.com  
This article points out that enrollment has been dropping at private colleges and university in western NY state long before the introduction of the New York State Excelsior scholarship, which provides free tuition at New York state public institutions for those who are low and middle-income. This drop is largely due to a general decrease in students of college age over the last few years; it's been especially acute...
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  Higher Ed and Washington
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Go Ahead, Republicans. Tax College Sports.
posted: Nov 15th   source: bloomberg.com  
Did you know that a college football booster can deduct the cost of the 'license' for a 50-yard-line seat as a 'charitable contribution'? Please, Congress, end that abuse. The House tax bill calls for a 20% excise tax against the salaries of the 5 highest-paid executives of a nonprofit organization once those salaries top $1 million. Take that, football coaches! Yes, tax sales from sportwear with team logos.
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  Tuition & Financial Aid News
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The Catch-22 of Applying for Private Scholarships
posted: Nov 14th   source: nytimes.com  
Students who receive private scholarships (cash awards from outside the college) sometimes notice a reduction in college aid -- often called "scholarship award displacement". To many, this seems like a disincentive to pursue additional aid for college. Some states, such as Maryland, are taking steps to forbid this practice; others limit the "displacement" allowed.
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  Higher Ed and Washington
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Taxing nonprofit endowments taxes our nation's future
posted: Nov 14th   source: timesleader.com  
The tax bill recently introduced by Congress – House Resolution 1 or HR1 – aims to reduce tax rates and to close tax loopholes. As a nation, we often speak of expanding opportunity for the middle class. Current tax law has a number of provisions aimed at doing just that by supporting access to higher education. It is my hope the new bill will preserve and enhance those existing provisions, especially as they apply to...
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  Member College News
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Photography exhibit explores the connection of fate, geography and politics in the direction of justice
posted: Nov 13th   source: lycoming.edu  
The Lycoming College Art Gallery's latest exhibition, “Entangled with Justice,” features work by assistant professor Andreas Rentsch, from Dec. 1 – Jan. 27. Rentsch grew up in a prison compound, where his father worked as a warden. The first 18 years of his life included daily interactions with convicts, fostering a sense of empathy for the human condition that continues to work its way into his art and his life.
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  Member College News
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Lasell College Launches Program to Reduce Cost of Tuition, Increase Student Professional Development
posted: Nov 13th   source: lasell.edu  
Lasell College (MA) has announced a first-of-its-kind alternative curriculum ('Lasell Works') that will enable students to pursue their degree while offering a declining tuition rate over four years of study. Launching next fall, the program includes a work component and online courses. Students can continue to utilize all on-campus resources, services, clubs and organizations.
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  Student Loan News
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Which Colleges Do Students Say Defraud Them Most Often? For-Profit Colleges
posted: Nov 13th   source: chronicle.com  
Nearly all allegations of fraud submitted to the U.S. Department of Education by students - 98.6% of 98,868 borrower defense-to-repayment claims - concern for-profit colleges, according to a new report. There's a backlog of thousands of unresolved claims. The Dept. of Education secretary, Betsy DeVos, has often been criticized for her relationship to the for-profit sector.
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  College Admissions News
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U.S. Universities Report Decline in Enrollment from New International Students
posted: Nov 13th   source: insidehighered.com  
U.S. colleges reported an average decline in new international students this fall of 7%. Increases from China, India & Nigeria did not offset declines in new students from Brazil, Saudi Arabia & South Korea. Visa denials and delays were a problem. There are fears that the anti-immigrant rhetoric and policies of President Trump are discouraging some international students from enrolling.
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  General College News
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The vast majority of students with disabilities don’t get a college degree
posted: Nov 13th   source: hechingerreport.org  
A third of students with disabilities who enroll in a 4-year college or university graduate within eight years. At 2-year schools, the outcomes aren’t much better: 41%. Experts think that the problem is that high schools often neglect to teach these students the soft skills that will help them in higher education — how to study, manage their time and self-advocate.
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  College Admissions News
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The Surprising Secrets of College Admissions
posted: Nov 13th   source: huffingtonpost.com  
5 'Secrets': There is a college for almost everyone. Of 2,900 4-year U.S. colleges, 2,750 are not 'selective'. When a colleges receives too many applications from qualified students, it's a 'deselection' process: Those who miss deadlines are the first to be rejected. Colleges do NOT want well-rounded students, they want well-rounded freshman classes. Start early & be authentic.
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  Higher Ed and Washington
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Senate Plan Would Add New Taxes on College Royalties
posted: Nov 13th   source: insidehighered.com  
The Senate Republicans' tax reform proposal has added a new worry for many colleges: Taxes on income unrelated to their core academic mission, including licensing royalties, which are significant at many institutions. It's not only t-shirts with university's name or logo. Affected are income from faculties rented to alumni or the general public for events.
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