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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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"HBCUs have a rich heritage of educating generations of political, business and scientific leaders from Africa and Asia and developing partnerships with institutions overseas. ... But these days many HBCUs lag behind predominantly White institutions in international engagement," Diverse: Issues in Higher Education reports.
"Could unsolicited email help solve the nation’s student-debt crisis? The White House, at least, thinks it’s worth a try," The Chronicle of Higher Education reports.
"College prices and student debt levels rose again this past year, fueling debate about the value of a degree, which many who enrolled did not achieve," The Chronicle of Higher Education reports.
"A group that represents consumer banks is pushing back against warnings by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau that undisclosed arrangements between banks and colleges to market financial products may pose a risk to consumers," Inside Higher Ed reports.

"The NCAA’s best argument against the Ed O’Bannon ruling may be the financial limits imposed by U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken — the same ones the NCAA lauded in her decision," The Associated Press reports.

"As a first-term senator from Massachusetts, Elizabeth Warren is advancing her fight for middle-class families with a legislative agenda focused on college affordability and student debt," Rolling Stone reports.
"An analysis of satisfaction surveys from 60,000 international students at 48 universities in the United States, United Kingdom and Australia reveals that students are, by and large, satisfied, but that satisfaction levels vary by country of origin and that large proportions of undergraduate international students from a single country can inhibit integration," Inside Higher Ed reports.

"New York is encouraging veterans to go back to school and making it easier for the families of service members who relocate to the state," The Associated Press reports.

NASFAA recently asked our members to share their stories of starting their careers through the Federal Work Study (FWS) program – and boy did you share! We received more than 50 responses to our request, demonstrating the impact FWS has had on the financial aid community for more than 40 years. We have compiled a sampling of stories shared by your colleagues about what FWS has done for them, personally and professionally. Read what they had to say and share your own FWS story in the comments section.
"The University of Central Florida has instituted a policy that could prevent students from receiving financial aid on time. A new policy states that a student must complete one assignment during the first week of classes in order to receive their financial aid disbursement," Florida Today reports.
"Millions of unemployed Americans ... have trained for new careers as part of the Workforce Investment Act, a $3.1 billion federal program that, in an unusual act of bipartisanship, was reauthorized by Congress last month with little public discussion about its effectiveness. ... [M]any have not found the promised new career," The New York Times reports.
"Students are most likely to be successful in transferring academic credits when they have higher grade-point averages and move between community colleges and four-year institutions, according to a new federal study released Wednesday," Inside Higher Ed reports.
"Federally-funded job training programs have a reputation problem in the United States, often serving as scapegoats for the very problems they are trying to alleviate – unemployment, skill gaps, and economic insecurity, to name a few. But they’ve never been held responsible for students taking on large amounts of debt to finance their education," EdCentral reports.
"Girls are trailing boys in markers of financial fluency at young ages — at least according to a survey from Baltimore-based investment manager T. Rowe Price Group Inc," the Baltimore Business Journal reports.
"Oregon's attention-getting proposal to offer students tuition-free college if they agree to repay a small portion of their earnings for years afterward got the official thumbs down from Oregon's higher education board this week," The Oregonian reports.
 
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