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Just the Facts! 2014 Workshop Series
Click here to learn more about this comprehensive training series for new financial aid professionals. Registration is open!


2014 MASFAA Conference
The excitement of the fall semester beginning is in the air! What else is in the air? More info on the MASFAA website about the annual conference including hotel information and the agenda! I would encourage you to take a look and make your reservations soon this conference is not to be missed! When: Nov. 13 - 14 - Where: The UMass Lowell Inn and Conference Center at 50 Warren St., Lowell, MA 01852- Click above for more info!


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"In recent years, [The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP)], a school that’s about 80 percent Hispanic, has received national attention for its work at retaining students and graduating far more than expected," Diverse: Issues in Higher Education reports.
"What does our health care system have in common with our system of higher education? A lot more than you might think," John C. Goodman writes for Forbes.
"For years,Washington Monthly has been rating and ranking the nation's colleges. But for its 2014 edition, the magazine has done something new," NPR reports.
"The U.S. Department of Education has a response to colleges and universities confused by how they are supposed to count students enrolled in distance education courses: Read the instructions," Inside Higher Ed reports.

"On paper, refinancing student debt — like refinancing a mortgage — is a logical way to save cash," The Boston Globe reports.

 

"Context is critically important in many aspects of life, and postsecondary education outcomes are certainly no exception. As policymakers increasingly look to measurements of institutional outcomes to allocate financial aid funds and influence behavior, many within the financial aid community have expressed valid concerns about the potential unintended consequences," Marcus Szymanoski, manager of training and communications for DeVry Education Group’s regulatory affairs division, writes in the latest article in NASFAA's Student Aid Perspectives series.
"A mother of five children in Bath, Me., admitted on the New York Times’s Motherlode blog earlier this year that she and her husband had no college savings," The New York Times reports.
"A bill that would allow New Jersey college students to pay the same tuition for nine straight semesters is one step closer to becoming law," NJ.com reports.
"With all the worries about rising college costs, lower- and moderate-income families should keep in mind that there are federal tax benefits that can help ease the financial burden of getting an education," The New York Times reports.
"Many of my fellow college presidents remain worried about the Obama Administration’s proposed (and still being developed) rating system for higher education. While Education Department officials have been responsive and thoughtful about our concerns, many among us fundamentally do not trust government to get this right," Paul J. LeBlanc, president of Southern New Hampshire University, writes for Inside Higher Ed.

"Gov. Bill Haslam’s free tuition program is in need of mentors," The Associated Press reports.

 

"Higher education is one of the 'cornerstones' of economic opportunity, Janet L. Yellen, chair of the Federal Reserve Board, said on Friday in an unusual and closely watched speech about growing inequality. But her remarks, given at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, did not cast higher education’s role in an entirely favorable light," The Chronicle of Higher Education's The Ticker.
"A Durham woman has pleaded guilty in federal court to making false statements on student financial aid application on Oct. 9," The Herald-Sun reports.
 
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