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3 Ways for First-Gen Students to Maximize a Scholarship Search
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News
Nov 12, 2015
“First-generation college students have made the life-changing decision to become the first people in their families to pursue higher education. While making this choice is hard on its own, worrying about how to fund your college experience can be an added stress to an already difficult situation. Taking advantage of scholarships and financial aid are great way s for first-generation students to get free money for college and avoid ending up with a hefty amount of student loan debt.”
How Undocumented College Applicants Can Find a Welcoming School
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News
Nov 06, 2015
“"One is obviously the financing of higher education which is more complex for undocumented students," says Martha Kanter, a visiting professor at New York University and a member of the board of directors for Excelencia in Education, a nonprofit organization which supports Latinos in higher education. In some states -- such as Maryland, Texas and Washington -- undocumented college students can get in-state tuition. Others -- such as Alabama or South Carolina -- bar undocumented students from attending college locally or receiving financial aid, according to a July report from the National Conference of State Legislatures.”
Obama administration cracks down on college accreditors
by Education
Nov 06, 2015
“The Obama administration announces a series of executive actions to reform the gatekeepers that stand between colleges and billions of dollars in federal financial aid.”
Shrinking Financial Aid Curbs Impact of Slowing College Tuition Increases
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News
Nov 04, 2015
“Tuition increases at U.S. colleges have plateaued after decades of steep growth, but stagnant wages, near-zero inflation and a slight pullback in grants have amplified this year’s relatively modest rise. Published tuition for the 2015-16 academic year rose 2.9% for in-state students at four-year public schools—the same increase as last year. In-state students attending public four-year institutions are now paying $19,548 on average for tuition, fees and room and board, up from $18,931 in 2014-15.”
Your Money: Why It Makes Good Sense to Save for College Now
by NYT > Education
Oct 24, 2015
“Saving for your children’s college tuition won’t hurt their financial aid eligibility as much as many parents seem to think.”
3 Upcoming Changes to the FAFSA That College Students Should Understand
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News
Oct 13, 2015
“Some important changes are coming to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid next year, but Joseph Orsolini, a college financial aid adviser in the Chicago area, hasn't fielded many questions from parents. "It's still so new and fresh that people don't realize these changes are going forward," says Orsolini, who runs College Aid Planners, advising 250 to 300 families each year and conducting financial aid nights at local schools and libraries. The changes, which will be implemented over the course of 2016, will significantly affect the process of filing for federal financial aid and, for some families, the amount of aid they'll receive.”
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