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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Survey Shows Broad Bipartisan Support for School Choice

Education News – Kristin Decarr

“According to a new poll from Beck Research, just about 70% of Americans approve of school choice, including 47% which strongly support it. Only 27% oppose the idea. The Democratic polling firm surveyed 1,800 likely November 2016 voters across the country, finding the results to be similar across party lines, with 60% of Democrats and 67% of Independents in support. An even higher 81% of Republicans agree with school choice. In addition, public charter schools were found to be highly supported…“The findings of this poll reflect what we saw in the 2014 midterms and what I am seeing in communities across the country – a demand from parents for more options in deciding how their children are educated,” said Kevin Chavous, AFC’s executive counsel. “Educational choice through opportunity scholarships and charter schools provide these options. As communities from New Orleans to Milwaukee to Miami have learned, educational choice is an immediate solution for parents’ who have children trapped in underperforming schools. Americans know that a zip code should not dictate a child’s future.””(more)

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Students Are Paying More for State Schools

Education News – Kristin Decarr

“According to a new report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO), students are now paying more of the costs associated with attending public universities in their home states than state governments are, making college even less affordable…The rise in tuition payments come at the same time that more students are attending state schools. Between the 2002-2003 school year and 2011-2012, the number of students enrolled in state schools rose 20%. At the same time, state funding for each student dropped 24%…According to the GAO, the collapse of the financial markets in 2008 played a large role in the decrease of state contributions to higher education…In order to make up the money they were no longer receiving, state schools increased tuition costs. Beginning in the 2007-2008 school year, tuition prices rose 28% over the rate of inflation. However, federal grant aid and other free money has not kept up with the increasing costs associated with attending college…”(more)

Thursday, January 1, 2015

6 Steps to Filling Out the FAFSA

Homeroom – Staff Writer

“Need to fill out the FAFSA® but don’t know where to start? We’re here to help. You’ve already done the hard part and gathered all of the necessary information, so now it’s time to complete the FAFSA. Let us walk you through it step by step:”(more)

Friday, October 24, 2014

Addressing the Student Debt Crisis: We Can Do More to Encourage Responsible Borrowing

The Huffington Post – Dr. Robert Mendenhall

“While Washington is working to find ways to alleviate the burden of staggering student debt…we must also do more to encourage responsible borrowing…The Responsible Borrowing Initiative at WGU is a case in point.” (more)

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Ten things not to do when your child is applying to college

The Washington Post – Liz Willen

“…it is simply unrealistic to think most busy high schoolers can navigate admissions and financial aid on their own. Parents have to strike a balance between being overinvolved and uninvolved – the stakes are too high. For what it’s worth, here are my top 10 “don’ts” for parents, particularly of high school seniors.” (more)

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Parents forced to cut back to pay university costs

BBC News – Sean Coughlan

“Hundreds of thousands of parents are cutting down on their “basic outgoings” to pay for their children’s university costs, says a financial data company… too many parents underestimate how much their children’s university costs will affect them.” (more)

Friday, September 26, 2014

How Parents Can Hedge Against Rising Tuition Prices

Forbes – Reyna Gobel

“Trying to figure out what tuition will cost 18 years from now when your newborn baby is ready for college can be as difficult as saving the money itself. So what can you do to guarantee the money you’ll save will actually help your child get through college? Invest in prepaid tuition plans.” (more)

Friday, August 15, 2014

Financial Aid Not Enough? Ideas on How to Fill the Gap

Homeroom – Justin Chase Brown

“The reality of college costs is that many families find themselves struggling to pay the entire college bill, despite having already filed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and receiving federal, state, and institutional financial aid resources. If you find yourself in this position, here are some ideas to consider to help fill the gap between what your financial aid covers and what you owe the institution.” (more)

Friday, August 8, 2014

New Plan Would Exchange UK Tuition Hike for Assuming Loan Debt

Education News – Grace Smith

“The UK is considering allowing universities to raise tuition fees above the cap of £9,000 ($15,146) a year if they will take on the student loan debts…students would repay their loans to their own universities and begin to repay once they are earning at least £21,000 [approx. $35,000] annually.” (more)

Friday, August 1, 2014

The Future Of Higher Education Depends On Innovation

Forbes – Henry Doss

“What does it really mean to be “educated”? And what is the role of institutions of higher education?…Whatever your answers to these kinds of questions might be, the fact is that we are in the midst of an increasingly rapid transformation in education, across dimensions of purpose, content, pedagogy and methodologies.” (more)