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Federal Student Loans Weather Fnancial Crisis

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The nation’s financial meltdown has played out from Wall Street to the halls of Congress.

But financial aid experts say college campuses — or at least the federal student loans that help pay tuition there — should remain safe through the 2009-10 school year.

Private student loans, on the other hand, have been getting harder to find …

University Grads Heading to College

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When Shyla Young Price enrolled at the University of Alberta to study political science, her career plans were fuzzy.

"I’ve always wanted to have a hand in influencing the world around me, and I thought political science would help me do that," she says.

But when she graduated in 2003, she realized that launching a career would …

The Spellings Plan for Simplification

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Margaret Spellings and her staff clearly haven’t started packing up their offices just yet.

In a speech tonight at Harvard University, the U.S. education secretary will unveil a proposal to greatly simplify the process by which students apply for federal financial aid. Under the plan, which flows from a set of ideas floated by Under Secretary …

Maric College Campuses Take the Kaplan Name

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Eleven Maric College campuses in California celebrated their name change Sept. 26. The new name, Kaplan College, reflects the campus’ association with the Kaplan Higher Education group of academic institutions.

Kaplan Higher Education, a division of New York City-based Kaplan Inc., is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Washington Post Co. Its San Diego and Vista …

More Maine Students Taking Online Courses

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More Maine college and high school students are taking classes online and through campus interconnections this fall, and education leaders say the numbers will increase dramatically in the future.

“The number of courses and enrollment in online education is up 15 percent this fall over last fall,” said University of Maine System Chancellor Richard Pattenaude. “It …

Covering Up or Scaring Off?

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A cartoon in The New Yorker shows a mother scolding a toddler who has been misbehaving in a sandbox. “Is this the story you want to tell on your college application?” The cartoon was distributed at the start of a session Friday at the annual meeting of the National Association for College Admission Counseling. The session focused on a very serious issue suggested by the cartoon: To what extent should misbehavior or discipline by students in high school should be reported to the colleges they want to attend?

Waynesville Online GED Successful, Nickels, School District Officials Affirm

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Students drop out of high school without graduating for many reasons, but often learn later in life that their lack of a high school diploma is a serious barrier to personal and career success. That’s when the GED. or “general education development” test comes in.

For Waynesville, GED programs are coordinated by adult education teacher …

Recent College Grads Say Loans Driving Careers

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Money can buy happiness, at least when you are a college student looking for your first job, according to a recent survey.

Some 50 percent of college students say they would be more likely to accept a job that offers higher pay but less career satisfaction in order to pay off their student loans, according …

Efforts to Insulate Federal Student Loans From Credit Crisis Successful in California

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As financial aid officials, students, families and lenders continue to experience the peak period for higher education enrollment, the combined efforts of policymakers, schools, and lenders appear to have averted what could have become a devastating college access crisis for California students.

During the past year, over 100 lenders exited the Federal Family Education Loan …

Congress Acts to Safeguard Student Loans

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Congress has approved through the 2010 academic year a program that will allow college students who rely on loans to continue their educations regardless of current difficulties in the private credit market.

The Senate passed the legislation on a voice vote Sept. 17. The bill authorizes the U.S. secretary of education to buy loans from lenders …

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