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"Twenty-five miles from Montgomery, Ala., in the middle of the tough-on-crime, fiscally conservative Deep South, sits an unusual place of learning," Inside Higher Ed reports.

Despite being one year away from college, many high school juniors surveyed did not know about the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or if they would qualify for financial aid, according to a new report from the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC). 

 

"Reps. Ryan Zinke (R-Mont.) and Ruben Gallego (D-Ariz.), both freshman lawmakers and war veterans, teamed up to introduce a bill Tuesday that seeks to ensure disabled veterans and families of deceased veterans are not burdened by taxes on discharged loans," The Hill reports.
"The U.S. Department of Education is so concerned about the risk that dozens of colleges pose to students and taxpayers that it has curtailed access to federal money at those institutions -- but it won’t say which ones," Inside Higher Ed reports.

"State officials are working on a plan to offer interest-free loans to students who study science or technology at a Maine college and go on to work in a related job in the state," the Portland Press Herald reports.

"...The current measure of student-loan performance ignores what research shows is the most important indicator in determining whether students are able to avoid defaulting on their loans: whether they finished college," Ben Miller writes for The Chronicle of Higher Education.
"More than two decades ago, long before the Great Recession wreaked havoc on higher education finances and tuition skyrocketed, David Breneman, currently a professor of economics in education at the University of Virginia, warned educators that liberal arts colleges were on their way out," according to U.S. News and World Report.
"The amount students are borrowing to pay for their four-year college degrees is rising across all income levels, increasing their debt burden before they have even landed a job," MainStreet reports.
"The Obama administration briefly considered but ultimately decided against expanding a new student privacy bill beyond K-12 education, according to sources with knowledge of the drafting process. The resulting draft is a 'missed opportunity' for the White House to address privacy in higher education, legal scholars say," Inside Higher Ed reports.
"Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin signed the 2015-16 state budget bill Monday evening, but not before cutting roughly $2.8 million more from higher education than legislators had approved," the Charleston Gazette reports.
The Senate on Wednesday accepted an amendment to its fiscal year (FY) 2016 budget bill to simplify the student loan repayment process. In Sen. Richard Burr's (R-NC) floor speech introducing the amendment he quoted a letter, written NASFAA President Justin Draeger, in support of the Repay Act of 2015, which the amendment is based on.
"The home-state price of entry at the University of Virginia will rise 11 percent next fall — one of the highest college tuition-and-fee increases in the nation — under a plan approved Tuesday that also aims to slash the debt burden for students in need," The Washington Post reports.
"Last year, Washington lawmakers approved a measure that offered college financial aid for students who were illegally brought to the United States as children. Now, U.S. Sen. Patty Murray  has introduced new federal legislation that would provide an incentive for more states to do so," The Seattle Times reports.
"Two Indiana colleges are among 14 that will partner with a charter school network to provide students who are illegal immigrants with easier access to higher education," The Associated Press reports.
In one of three white papers released yesterday, Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) reviews the development and legislative history of higher education data collection, use of statistics, and federal involvement in consumer information requirements, citing information from NASFAA’s 2014 Consumer Information Task Force Report.
 
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