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NCAN’s Streamlined FAFSA Reduces Errors

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A shortened version of the FAFSA reduced completion time and errors when compared with the official form, according to independent testing.

The Streamlined FAFSA — developed by the National College Access Network (NCAN) — includes as few as 20 to 25 questions, depending on the student. NCAN would like the government to take similar steps to shorten the financial aid application process.

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News Roundup: Colleges and Communities Respond to Immigration Order

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The effects of President Donald Trump’s most recent executive order are already being felt at high schools and colleges across the country.

The action temporarily bans individuals from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the US or obtaining visas, including F-1 and J-1 student visas.

The Chronicle of Higher Education, Inside Higher Ed, and other media are closely monitoring this developing story. The coverage below explores  the order’s effect on students, scholars, and communities.

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ICYMI: NACAC Responds to Immigration Order

NACAC President Nancy Beane sent the following message to members today:

Dear Colleagues,

This past Friday’s executive order restricting immigration has shaken the admission profession and the institutions we serve. The policy is fundamentally opposed to NACAC’s values, and we have begun strategizing with colleagues in the higher education community and others to discover ways to help ease the anxiety students, families, and professionals are experiencing.
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Loan Forgiveness Available for Counseling and Admission Professionals

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Still paying off your student loans?

Good news is on the horizon for school counselors and college admission professionals: Public service employees are eligible to have their debt wiped off the books starting this year under a new federal loan forgiveness program.

Applicants are urged to start the process now by filing paperwork with the federal government, according to a post on Homeroom, the Department of Education’s official blog.

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Minnesota Seeks to Curb Summer Melt with Text Messages

The Minnesota Office of Higher Education has teamed up with a group of teens to promote Summer Nudging — a program that uses text messages to help high schoolers successfully navigate the transition to college.

Students from the High School for Recording Arts — a charter school located in St. Paul, Minnesota — recently created a music video to promote the free service.

Teens who sign up receive weekly text messages reminding them when key deadlines are approaching.

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Cost of Campus Meal Plans Continues to Grow

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The price of college meal plans continues to grow  and it’s contributing to the rising costs of higher education, according to an article published this month in The Hechinger Report.

A recent analysis of college dining contracts show that the amount of money students spend on meal plans outpaces what the average American shells out for food each year.

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Textbook Costs are ‘Heavy Burden’ for Students

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Scraping up enough money to purchase textbooks weighs heavily on the minds of many college students, according to staffers at New America.

The Washington, DC-based think tank convened students and parents this fall for a series of focus groups. The gatherings offered participants the opportunity to share their opinions about higher education and student success.

“Students and parents alike had a lot to say about the cost of tuition and the institutions themselves, and offered policy ideas they believed could alleviate some of the things that weren’t working,” New America staff members Ernest Ezeugo and Manuela Ekowo wrote in a recent blog post. “But when students were asked what they thought the most problematic aspects of college were, it was the cost of textbooks that most animated the room.”

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Interest in Science Careers Varies by Race, Ethnicity

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Black and Hispanic teens are less likely than their peers to express interest in a job in the sciences.

A recent Pew Research Center analysis of data from the National Assessment of Educational Progress revealed a racial and ethnic gap among students seeking such careers.

Among Asian and white high school seniors, 59 and 45 percent, respectively, say they would like a job that involves science.

By comparison, only 40 percent of Hispanics and 39 percent of blacks indicated they wanted a science-related career.

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