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  Member College News
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A New Direction in Appalachia
posted: Jun 23rd   source: insidehighered.com  
Many colleges in Appalachian states are facing more severe financial and enrollment problems than colleges elsewhere. Economic and social pressures prevent many potential students from attending college. The 35 colleges, many of them SAGE members, comprising the Appalachian College Association have developed a new strategic plan emphasizing serving their home communities.
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  General College News
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For philosophy majors, the question after graduation is: What next?
posted: Jun 21st   source: washingtonpost.com  
Often maligned, students who graduate with bachelor degrees in philosophy have much more successful work careers than expected. As the article suggests, critical thinking, reading and writing skills that are at the heart of philosophy are a plus in almost all realms of employment.
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  Higher Ed and Washington
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4 Highlights From a U.S. Senate Hearing on Campus Free Speech
posted: Jun 21st   source: chronicle.com  
There have been several controversial incidents regarding the rights of college groups to invite politically controversial figures to speak on campus. This article summarizes a recent Senate hearing on the subject. College leaders note they don't have unlimited resources to deal with safety issues.
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  Member College News
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Immaculata Advantage- IU Reduces Tuition 25%
posted: Jun 19th   source: uc.immaculata.edu  
Starting in fall 2017, tuition will be reduced by 25% to $26,500. Along with last year-s 10% reduction in room and board, Immaculata is demonstrating its commitment to accessibility for students. The Immaculata Advantage allows prospective students, who may have forgone the University as an economically viable option due to its published tuition under the high-tuition, high-discount model used widely for years in...
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  Member College News
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Univrsity of Dayton's fixed net price plan pans out
posted: Jun 19th   source: insidehighered.com  
In 2013, University of Dayton started a new fixed net-price tuition plan: financial aid packages rising in lockstep with any tuition sticker price increases over four years. The effective price students paid stayed steady. Results: The 4-year graduation rate for the class of 2017 reached a record 67% (up 8%). Borrowing fell 22% - $5,000 less in loan debt.
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  Student Loan News
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Student Loan Repayment: Today’s Most In-Demand Employee Benefit
posted: Jun 18th   source: linkedin.com  
Luckily for recent grads and parents, more employers are taking an active role in helping to pay down student loan debt. They are luring the best and brightest with promises of financial wellness benefits that reward tenure by paying down portions of student debt. Memphis just became the first major U.S. city to offer student loan repayment benefits for all full-time city workers.
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  Tuition & Financial Aid News
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Free Tuition for Low-Income Families at U. of Michigan
posted: Jun 18th   source: insidehighered.com  
The free public college movement crept into another state when the University of Michigan rolled out a new program offering four years of free tuition in Ann Arbor for full-time in-state undergraduates with family incomes up to $65,000 per year. Students need to be from families with certain assets (bank accounts, investments, real estate) under $50,000 to qualify.
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  Higher Ed and Washington
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U.S. Halts New Rules Aimed at Abuses by For-Profit Colleges
posted: Jun 18th   source: nytimes.com  
The Trump administration is formally reconsidering — and may dismantle — two new rules that were a cornerstone of the Obama administration’s crackdown on predatory for-profit colleges. The action freezes changes that would expand a system for erasing the federal loan debt of student borrowers who were cheated by for-profit colleges that acted fraudulently.
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  Paying For College
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Don’t make these 5 mistakes paying for college
posted: Jun 18th   source: marketwatch.com  
Among the traps people fall into: Obsessing about Ivy League & elite schools; thinking it isn’t worth it to apply for aid or scholarships; not considering “529” college-savings plans—investment accounts that offer big tax advantages. Another common mistake is not factoring in accurate costs for housing and food, which can exceed a student’s budget by thousands of dollars a year.
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  Paying For College
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Paying for Off-Campus Housing with a 529 Plan
posted: Jun 16th   source: kiplinger.com  
Your student's room and board could be covered tax-free for an entire 12-month lease, even if he or she only takes classes for nine months of the year. Students don’t have to live on-campus to withdraw money tax-free from the 529 for rent - but they must attend college at least half-time.
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  Member College News
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Student Start-Up Launches Kickstarter Campaign
posted: Jun 15th   source: www1.wne.edu  
At the conclusion of the Kickstarter campaign on December 15, $93,161 was raised, well above the goal of $75,000, with 1051 investors participating.

AnyCaf-, a Springfield startup company that was formed at Western New England University by five students, has launched a Kickstarter campaign to help raise funds through pre-sales of their product. The startup company grew out of a program sponsored by Valley...
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  Member College News
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Another Women's College Will Admit Men
posted: Jun 15th   source: insidehighered.com  
The University of Saint Joseph (West Hartford, CT) will admit full-time undergraduate men starting in the fall of 2018. The university said that the move will boost the diversity of academic thought in classrooms and create a more active student life. Programs will be expanded. "Only 2 percent of female high school seniors say they would consider attending a women’s college,” said USJ president Rhona Free.
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  Student Loan News
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Student Loans Are Holding Back Entrepreneurs. SoFi Is Changing That
posted: Jun 14th   source: inc.com  
SoFi (short for Social Finance) is largely known as the startup that will refinance your student loans, helping young entrepreneurs (who often aren't paying themselves) launch businesses. The benefits include six months of loan deferment, mentorship resources, connections to investors, and networking with other entrepreneur members.
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  Member College News
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Future self
posted: Jun 13th   source: onu.edu  
Today-s students face many questions and challenges during college and upon graduation. What do I want to do with my life? What kind of job do I want to have? Where do I want to work? Recently, students from Ohio Northern University-s Dicke College of Business Administration had the opportunity to get some answers.
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  General College News
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Study questions effectivenes of online education for at-risk students
posted: Jun 12th   source: insidehighered.com  
According to a new study, students who are the least well prepared for traditional college fare the worst in online courses. For example, if a student earned a B-minus when taking an in-person class, the study found that, on average, the student would have earned a C online. The lack of student-professor and student-student interactions reduces course involvement.
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  College Admissions News
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How to Keep Your College Admission Offer: Start With Digital Literacy
posted: Jun 12th   source: nytimes.com  
HS students don't realize that there is no such thing as privacy when posting on the Internet - as 10 would-be Harvard students just learned when they were un-admitted. I found out from my boss how he’d decided to hire me: He was down to two candidates who were equally qualified. I had the cleaner online reputation - meaning that nothing weird came up when he Googled my name.
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  General College News
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Preparing ‘Emerging Adults’ for College and Beyond
posted: Jun 12th   source: nytimes.com  
How do you develop 'emotional readiness' skills as you prepare your students for going off to college? Practice. Here's a list of 'exposure tasks' - situations that kids may face for the first time. Mastering them now will help students develop strategies for coping with possible challenges to 'manage circumstances that do not go the way that they wished.' Social anxiety is real.
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  College Admissions News
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Where to Turn to When You’re First in the Family to Go to College
posted: Jun 12th   source: mobile-nytimes-com.cdn.ampproject.org  
Few public high schools serving significant numbers of low-income and first-generation students have anywhere near enough colleges counselors to help with preparation & the application process. According to NACAC, counselors at public high schools are, on average, responsible for 436 students - and spend only 22% of their time on pre-college counseling.
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  Tuition & Financial Aid News
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Lessons from the end of free college in England
posted: Jun 12th   source: brookings.edu  
Until 1998, full-time students in England could attend public universities completely free of charge. Now most English public universities charge £9,250 — equivalent to about $11,380, 18% more than the average sticker price of a U.S. public four-year institution. Students can expect to graduate with around £44,000 ($54,918) in student loan debt.
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  Tuition & Financial Aid News
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Tuition likely to go up faster at UI, ISU than at UNI
posted: Jun 12th   source: press-citizen.com  
At Iowa's three public universities, tuition is going to increase next year. In addition, tuition rates are likely to get a lot more complicated over the next five years because of millions of dollars in reduced state funding. The state legislature has mandated a strategic study of tuition at the schools.
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