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    College Costs Forcing Students to Compromise

    HigherEd Industry News April 4, 2017

    Every year, thousands of students turn down offers to attend their first-choice college. Royall & Company recently examined survey responses of more than 6,000 of these students. The most popular reason why they opted to go elsewhere? Costs. Altogether, 39.9% of students cited a cost-related reason as the factor that deterred them from attending their […]

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    More and More U.S. Colleges Are Helping Students Pay Back Their Loans

    HigherEd Industry News LRAP In The News March 28, 2017

    With ballooning student debt reaching record highs, some colleges are beginning to step in and help students shoulder some of the loans they took out to cover their tuition. And the availability of this relief is reportedly becoming a draw for prospective students. About 100 institutions of higher education around the U.S. have begun to […]

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    Enrollment Concerns Top-of-Mind for College Presidents

    HigherEd Industry News March 21, 2017

    These days, admissions officers aren’t the only ones concerned about enrollment. According to a recent survey by Inside Higher Ed and Gallup, 84% of college presidents are “very” or “somewhat” concerned about meeting their institution’s enrollment targets. For the fifth straight year, overall college enrollment is down across the country, and for a variety of reasons: […]

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    Helping Grads Get on their Feet

    HigherEd Industry News October 6, 2016

    Nearly half of recent college graduates are underemployed (i.e. working in positions that don’t typically require a college degree), according to new research published by the New York Federal Reserve. But that doesn’t mean they’re all baristas — or working in other low-skilled occupations. 44.6% of recent grads are working in positions that don’t require a college degree, […]

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    Debt Concerns Impact Enrollment: 2016 Survey of Admissions Directors

    HigherEd Industry News September 23, 2016

    Worry about student debt continues to negatively impact enrollment for colleges of all types, according to an annual survey recently published by Inside Higher Ed. The 2016 Survey of College and University Admissions Directors asked 339 admissions directors (or those with equivalent titles) about issues relevant to their profession: particularly, the growing impact of debt on students’ enrollment decisions. Nearly 9 of […]

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    College Drives Homeownership (Even with Debt)

    HigherEd Industry News May 26, 2016

    It’s become quite popular to blame student debt for holding back young adults’ abilities to own homes. But the debate on student debt and homeownership tends to err in focusing on the detriments of student debt, rather than the benefits that come with having a college education. Of course, debt being in and of itself burdensome is — […]

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    This Financial Literacy Month, Help Students Help Themselves

    HigherEd Industry News April 21, 2016 - By Jennifer Trauman

    April is financial literacy month, but unfortunately, it looks like financial education is arriving too little too late for millions of student loan borrowers. According to recent figures, of the nearly 22 million Americans with federal student loans, 43% are in default or behind on their student loan payments, representing over $200 billion dollars at […]

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    Why Study English?

    HigherEd Industry News January 22, 2016

    The past few years have been pretty rough on the English major. About 50,000 students earn bachelor’s degrees in English annually, comprising only about 3% of all college graduates nationwide. This is a sharp decline from 45 years ago, when the share of English majors was closer to 8%. To put it mildly, faculty in English […]

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    Questioning the Barista Myth

    HigherEd Industry News January 18, 2016

    Paying for college can seem daunting considering the seemingly endless stories of college graduates burdened with incredible amounts of student debt. But are these anecdotes really representative of the norm? Economists at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York don’t think so. Jaison Abel and Richard Dietz – who have researched the topic of higher education for years – found that while […]

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    The Impact of Financial Assistance on Alumni Affinity

    HigherEd Industry News January 7, 2016 - By Jennifer Trauman

    The transformation of a prospective college applicant to a prospective alumni donor happens quickly and often long before graduation. It’s reasonable to infer that a positive campus experience would result in a greater propensity to give back to one’s alma mater. But which experiences influence giving the most? A recent study by Ruffalo Noel Levitz […]