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"U.S. law-enforcement officials on Tuesday arrested 17 people accused of trying to collect almost $2 million in bogus tax refunds using college student accounts, the latest identity scam to defraud the Internal Revenue Service," Reuters reports.

"If you’re having a hard time paying off your private students loans, you could catch a break soon as two of the biggest private lenders are gearing up to relax repayment terms," The Washington Post reports.

"President Obama formally announced Thursday evening a series of controversial executive actions he plans to take to reform a 'broken' immigration system -- policies that have implications for undocumented college students as well as international students who study at American universities," Inside Higher Ed reports.
"Many college students in Vigo County face food insecurity, and that has prompted United Campus Ministries to open a food pantry to serve them," the Tribune-Star reports.
"The ECMC Group, a nonprofit organization that runs one of the largest student-loan guaranty agencies, announced today that it will purchase 56 campuses from Corinthian Colleges, a crumbling, controversial for-profit chain," Inside Higher Ed reports.
"A group that wants the federal government to pay for in-state tuition for the nation's lower- and middle-income students has a new pitch, and a new name," Inside Higher Ed reports.
"The federal government has made a big push to help prospective students understand what college might cost them. But there have been unintended consequences," The Chronicle of Higher Education reports.
"Over the din of students chanting their protest, the University of California regents voted 14-7 on Thursday to approve tuition increases of as much as 5% for each of the next five years," The Los Angeles Times reports.

"[I]t’s a good time for an interactive calculator that the Hamilton Project is releasing Thursday, meant to give more detailed information about loan burdens," according to The New York Times' The Upshot

State performance funding polices often result in unintended impacts on higher education institutions, including restrictions on admissions and weakened academic standards, according to a recent study from the Community College Research Center.
"The current tension over proposed tuition hikes at the University of California — as much as 5% each year for the next five years — shouldn't be mistaken for just another debate about how much students can or should pay. It's nothing less than a battle for UC's soul," according to the Los Angeles Times' editorial board.
"It's a rare pot of gold — about $17 million in annual lottery proceeds which the state constitution says must be used for education — and school districts and other educators are jousting for a share," The Journal Star reports. "Opportunity grants — which are given to students who qualify or come close to qualifying for federal Pell grants — are an 'integral part' of ensuring access to higher education, said Craig Munier, director of scholarships and financial aid at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln [and former NASFAA National Chair]."
Several consumer media outlets examined the spectrum of student loan borrowing decisions this week. CNBC, quoting NASFAA President Justin Draeger, offered readers “7 Ways To Stop Student Loans From Ruining Your Life. ” Over at Forbes, writer Robert Farrington released his take on “The 3 Biggest Mistakes People Make With Student Loans,” including going to college without a plan and using debt refunds for extracurricular activities. Let us know what you consider the biggest borrowing mistakes and share the ways you help students to avoid them in the comments section.
Most homeless students and students from foster care don’t have families to return to during academic breaks. Instead of enjoying the warmth of home and family, they scramble for a place to stay, often hiding their situation due to embarrassment. Join the National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth (NAEHCY), the National Center for Housing & Child Welfare (NCHCW), the National Network for Youth (NN4Y), and Covenant House in the Home for the Holidays campaign and be a part of the solution by helping your community develop a plan for assisting these vulnerable youth with housing over breaks.
"Uber is already pushing subprime car loans onto their drivers. Now the ... on demand car service wants to manage their drivers' student loan debt too," Valleywag reports.
 
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