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Campuses or coalitions get flexibility in student aid, Department of Ed expands Experimental Sites Initiative

Campuses or coalitions get flexibility in student aid, Department of Ed expands Experimental Sites Initiative | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"As part of the President and Vice President’s new actions to provide more Americans with the opportunity to acquire the skills they need for in-demand jobs, today, the Department is announcing a new round of“experimental sites” (ex-sites) that will test certain innovative practices aimed at providing better, faster and more flexible paths to academic and career success."

Society for College and University Planning (SCUP)'s insight:

Is anyone out there doing this? Tell us how it works, please. "[T]he Experimental Sites Initiatives—or 'experiments,' as they are frequently called—tests the effectiveness of statutory and regulatory flexibility for participating institutions disbursing Title IV student aid. The Department of Education has waived specific statutory or regulatory requirements at the postsecondary institutions, or consortia of institutions, approved to participate in the experiments. By contrasting the results achieved with the flexibilities with results under current regulations, the Department has data to support changes to regulations and statute. The outcomes of experiments have the potential to benefit all postsecondary institutions and the students they serve.

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Why elites hate it when you say giant student debts aren’t the problem

Why elites hate it when you say giant student debts aren’t the problem | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"Today’s piece by David Leonhardt in The New York Times’ "Upshot" pulls apart the recent framing of the student-debt disaster story that dominates the national narrative on college borrowing costs. We agree. (Well, I guess, just me.) In fact, I wrote a similar story back in the spring, saying that the US student debt story isn’t as scary as everybody thinks.


People hate hearing this."

Society for College and University Planning (SCUP)'s insight:

What do you think? "But the truth is, if you managed to rack up giant student debt loads, that’s likely because you’ve undertaken—and finished—the kind of extensive education that enables you to earn a good salary over time. And while it’s a drag to have to pay your loans, it’s really not a problem for society at large.

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Student Loan Borrowers Win, Nightmare Forms Remain

Student Loan Borrowers Win, Nightmare Forms Remain | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Narmak Nassirian has his finger on the pulse of what’s coming at higher ed in many areas. Last week, he appeared in both Time and the Huffington Post, with regard to student loans (see below).


SCUPers will get a chance to meet and hear Hassirian July 12–16 in Pittsburgh—at higher ed's premier planning event for 2014,  Plan for the Transformation of Higher Education. Register now.


  • Student Loan Borrowers Win As Education Department Reverses:

    Barmak Nassirian, director of federal relations and policy analysis for the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, said last month that the Education Department was not ‘sufficiently focused on its primary clients: students.’” [Time]

  • Student Loan Forms Are Still a Nightmare

    “‘The persistent complexity is partly because the financial-aid formula itself is so confusing,’ said Barmak Nassirian ... ‘With the FAFSA, it’s better to own your home, for example. ... Better than that is to own a farm, and better than that is to own a small business with fewer than 99 employees. [Huffington Post]’”
Society for College and University Planning (SCUP)'s insight:

Members of the Society for College and University Planning and their peers will get a chance to meet and hear Hassirian July 12–16 in Pittsburgh—at higher ed's premier planning event for 2014,  Plan for the Transformation of Higher Education. Register now.

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The Rising Cost of Not Going To College

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Paul Taylor will speak Monday, July 14, at SCUP–49 in Pittsburgh. Register by July 7 or register on site.


"But do these benefits outweigh the financial burden imposed by four or more years of college? Among Millennials ages 25 to 32, the answer is clearly yes: About nine-in-ten with at least a bachelor’s degree say college has already paid off (72%) or will pay off in the future (17%). Even among the two-thirds of college-educated Millennials who borrowed money to pay for their schooling, about nine-in-ten (86%) say their degrees have been worth it or expect that they will be in the future. "

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Paper series funded by Lumina Foundation explores new models of student financial support

Paper series funded by Lumina Foundation explores new models of student financial support | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Using the design principles as a guide, Lumina Foundation invited nationally recognized experts as well as up-and-coming analysts to author the papers that will be discussed during today’s Ideas Summit at the Newseum in Washington, DC. The papers can be found online at http://luminafoundation.org/newsroom/ideas_summit.html. The titles and authors of the papers are as follows:


“Our goal in this series is not to prescribe a particular solution or choose one course of action,” said Merisotis. “Rather, we seek to generate innovative ideas for improving the ways in which postsecondary education is paid for in this country and to stimulate further discussion on that vital topic.”

Each paper reflects the views and recommendations of its authors, not those of Lumina Foundation.

- See more at: http://www.luminafoundation.org/newsroom/news_releases/2014-04-14-paper_series#sthash.gOdjhpBj.dpuf

Society for College and University Planning (SCUP)'s insight:

"If only one had time to read them all. Pick one and be stimulated. "The papers, commissioned by the Foundation, are intended to stimulate greater discussion and evaluation around several key topics in student finance, including affordability of higher education, student loan repayment, and federal-state-institutional partnerships. The papers are aimed at addressing solutions that can be implemented at the institutional, state and federal levels."

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Dr Omar Selim's curator insight, July 5, 2014 5:56 AM

Student loan system in Britain is absurd. Bright students who can't afford fees should be given scholarships,

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'I feel like I was set up to fail'—

'I feel like I was set up to fail'— | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
Some schools feast on federal aid and don't care if the student can repay it. Here's one woman's tragic story
Society for College and University Planning (SCUP)'s insight:

Like many others, Jaqueta had an important asset: She was eligible for a federal student loan. It is impossible to talk about for-profit education without mentioning how the availability of federal loans affects the process.


The lack of wealth among many students in their classrooms means that a higher share can qualify for need-based student aid. More than 60 percent of students at for-profits receive need-based Pell Grants. Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, says that 96 percent took out student loans — twice as often as was the case with students in traditional four-year public institutions and more than seven times the rate of students at community colleges.


Those numbers are not an accident.

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