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Degrees of Education: Student Debt: A Calculator Focused on College Majors
by NYT > Education

Nov 20, 2014
“Most college graduates earn enough to repay their student loans. The bigger problem is that they’re asked to do so when they are earning the least.”
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Federal immigration actions pose questions for colleges about undocumented students
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Nov 20, 2014
“New federal measures to halt deportation of many illegal immigrants will spotlight a question of growing urgency for colleges: How should they handle applications from undocumented students for admissions and financial aid? Read full article >>”
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How Student Loan Repayment Changes After Graduate School
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Nov 12, 2014
“After Becky Boler graduated from Syracuse University with a master's degree in international relations in 2010, her student loans came due with a vengeance.”
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5 Questions to Ask Financial Aid Counselors at U.S. Colleges
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Nov 05, 2014
“When applying to U.S. colleges, it is critically important that international students understand the financial aid policies at different schools. The best way to get all of the information is by asking the financial aid counselors directly.”
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U.S. education department gets stricter with for-profit colleges
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Oct 31, 2014
“By Ankit Ajmera and Sagarika Jaisinghani (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Education will introduce new regulations next year in its latest attempt to improve the job prospects of those graduating from for-profit colleges and universities. Under the regulations unveiled on Thursday and effective July 1, for-profit colleges will be at risk of losing federal aid should a typical graduate's annual loan repayments exceed 20 percent of discretionary income or 8 percent of total earnings. This is lower than the current threshold of 30 percent of discretionary income and 12 percent of total ...”
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Colleges’ Shift on Four-Year Scholarships Reflects Players’ Growing Power
by NYT > Education

Oct 28, 2014
“The one-year scholarship has come to be viewed as similar to an employment contract, while four-year awards are seen as more in the spirit of amateurism.”
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Are For-Profit Colleges Selling a ‘Bill’ of Goods?
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Oct 16, 2014
“Designed to help World War II veterans get a college diploma, the GI Bill of 1944 provided low-cost tuition loans for service members, subsidizing their education and giving them a leg up on entering the American middle class.”
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Close to Home Scholarship Builds Strong UConn Tie
by UConn Today

Nov 16, 2014
“Second-year student and scholarship recipient Calvin Ng feels he has a special bond with UConn.
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Islamic studies director raises money for top recruits to enroll
by The GW Hatchet

Nov 24, 2014
“Media Credit: Katie Causey | Hatchet Staff Photographer
Mohammad Faghfoory, the director of GW's Islamic studies program, has raised about $500,000 in the past three years to fund master's students who otherwise could not afford to enroll in the program.
Fatemeh Nasrollahi, a student in the master's in Islamic studies program, wasn’t sure he’d be able to afford GW’s steep tuition when he was deciding where to enroll in graduate school.
But program director Mohammad Faghfoory had planned ahead: Faghfoory has fundraised independently to help bring in more money to his department and sway top recruits to come to GW.
“I really doubted whether this would be doable, or I'd better say affordable. GW is an expensive institution,” said Nasrollahi, who received $4,270 for his first academic year. “Dr. Faghfoory could, finally, get some fellowship for us. And that really affected my decision.”
Faghfoory started courting donors to support the program, which was launched about two years ago, when he said he grew tired of his top applicants not being able to afford GW. He’s so far helped students to earn fellowships that complement their financial aid.
He has reached out to his own network of family and friends, asking for donations to increase the scholarship pool he could offer students. And it's worked: In the past three years, Faghfoory has raised about $500,000 to grow his program and support students looking to enroll.
Since he’s raising money for the program on his own, Faghfoory can use the donations for however the funds could benefit the program. But he plans to use most of it for financial relief to lure top students to the $1,490-per-credit-hour program.
He said he hopes that by bringing in more money for financial aid on his own, the University might also match or increase its contributions to student aid, Faghfoory said.
“Many schools welcome that kind of idea because tuition that the school gives is not something that it gets from its own pocket,” says Faghfoory. “It deducts from its income, but in return it attracts a lot of funds and more students who can at least pay half of the tuition from this fund.”
Without a broad alumni base, Faghfoory has asked relatives, former colleagues and members of the Muslim community for gifts. He hasn’t been able to travel to Muslim countries, like Iraq or Iran, where there are potential donors as much as he’d like because of political turmoil in the region.
Parisa Sajjadi, who is in her first semester at GW, said she also wouldn’t be able to afford tuition because the rial, Iran’s currency, doesn’t compare well to the U.S. dollar. With GW’s aid and the program’s package, she received about $4,700 for her first year at GW.
“I wouldn’t be able to afford my tuition and all of the expenses,” she said. “It would be very hard for a person like me, whose currency in comparison with the dollar is not good.”
Several departments use their own networks to bring in donations each year, University spokeswoman Maralee Csellar said. She added that Faghfoory understood how to take advantage of individual and alumni networks.
The University doles out financial aid to graduate departments based on the financial aid office's review of each program’s applicant pool, Csellar said. GW gave $233 million in financial aid to undergraduates and graduate students last year.
“Graduate students are routinely supported by a number of sources including GW-funded fellowships, externally funded scholarships and research," Csellar said. "All of these sources are important parts of our effort to build strong doctoral and master's programs."
Faghfoory has also used $80,000 of the funds he’s brought in to purchase a set of 3,500 volumes for Gelman Library, meant to be used in the program's courses. The University contributed about $20,000 for that collection.
Tim Winkler, chief executive officer of fundraising firm the Winkler Group, said it’s not typical for professors to do their own fundraising, but that reaching out to individual donors in a personal way is proven to be successful.
Contacting potential donors who are directly interested in the field of study, like how Faghfoory has travelled to the Middle East to raise money, is considered the best strategy, Winkler said.
“The more he can include donors to the process and make himself accessible and make the donor involved, the more they might be willing donate,” he said.”

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Kirby Dzurny: Don't give in to the pressure to study abroad
by The GW Hatchet

Nov 18, 2014
“Media Credit: Cartoon by Juliana Kogan
It’s that time of year again: Sophomores are planning for study abroad.
More than half of all GW undergraduates will study in a different country during their time here, and the number of students going abroad has steadily increased since 2001.
In a community that is constantly pressuring students to go overseas, we aren’t always informed about the negatives. I’ve come to realize that we only get a few years at GW, and this is not the time to leave.
Living in another country for three to nine months can have long-lasting consequences once you return – a lesson I learned the hard way.
When I was in high school, I studied abroad twice. My first experience was for a few weeks in Suwa, Japan my freshman year. The second time, I decided to spend my entire junior year living with a host family in Nanjing, China. While my immersion was difficult because of language and cultural barriers, it was nothing compared to the shock I experienced when I came home.
Back in the U.S., I found it difficult to relate to the people I had missed most, which left me feeling frustrated and lonely for months after I’d returned.
It’s common for students coming home from abroad to experience frustration, anger, loneliness, confusion or a sense of distance from their American friends and family. Though this is only temporary, it can last up to a year after an abroad experience.
Suddenly, you may feel held back by reverse culture shock during one of the most important times of college: the second half of junior year and senior year.
This is the best time to build relationships with professors and make connections as you apply for internships, take on a leadership role in a student organization or start looking for a post-graduation job. When you return home, reverse culture shock can make catching up even more difficult.
For many students, study abroad is a valuable part of GW’s culture. Some say it was one of the reasons they decided to enroll here, since the University has 300 programs from which to choose, in over 60 countries. And studying in a different country of course can be beneficial: You gain travel experience, and depending on your major and location, can boost your résumé to stand out in the job market.
But if you’re paying tuition for an expensive, prestigious institution, you might as well attend it. It’s highly unlikely that you will receive a better education in a different country, anyway. International students come to the U.S. for a high-quality education, and it doesn’t make sense that some American students want to do the opposite.
And if you do choose to study abroad, you’ll still need to pay full tuition. That doesn’t include the program fee, which can easily cost thousands of dollars .
Granted, the University has tried to make studying abroad more affordable: It has created a few different scholarship opportunities for students, like the GW Blog Abroad Scholarship and the GW Commitment to Community Scholarship.
But you need all four years to fully take advantage of living in D.C. Each neighborhood – Georgetown, Adams Morgan, Friendship Heights, to name a few – offers a unique cultural experience.
The District is much more than just a political city. Whether you’re looking to further your career or open your mind to other cultures and new experiences, or both, this city is the place to be.
If you’re excited about studying abroad, I’m not trying to stand in your way. But for those of you on the fence who are unsure if study abroad is right for you, it’s important that you examine the drawbacks.
It isn’t a bad idea for everyone, but most of us should go overseas another time. Go on vacation after you graduate, take a trip for a short-term summer program or take a class that allows you to go abroad during spring break. You could even do an Alternative Break, which organizes service trips abroad if you’re looking for a taste of a different culture.
When it comes to your remaining semesters, though, stay here. Stay connected to your friends and your school for the short time you’re at GW. You won’t get another chance.
Kirby Dzurny, a sophomore majoring in international affairs and creative writing, is a Hatchet opinions writer.”

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