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Create, Share, Empower: January is National Human Trafficking Awareness Month

U.S. Department of Education Blog - January 29, 2015 - 1:59pm

January is National Human Trafficking Awareness Month and this year young people are invited to shed light on this humanitarian crisis within a high-risk population – their peers.

#WhatIWouldMiss, a campaign sponsored by President Lincoln’s Cottage, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and the U.S. Department of Education, encourages teenagers to think about aspects of their daily lives that they would miss if they were a victim of human trafficking.

Teenagers are invited to answer this question using social media. Posts must contain a statistic about human trafficking and the hashtag #WhatIWouldMiss.

A jury of representatives from anti-trafficking organizations, including President Lincoln’s Cottage, will judge all responses posted to Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Vine, YouTube, and Tumblr. All posts must be created by Feb. 27, 2015.

One teenager will win a spot at President Lincoln’s Cottage’s third annual Students Opposing Slavery (SOS) International Summit in Washington, D.C., and five additional teenagers will receive awards of recognition.

Join the #WhatIWouldMiss movement! Flyers, graphics, human trafficking resources, and campaign information are all available online at www.StudentsOpposingSlavery.org/WhatIWouldMiss.

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CMC Board of Trustees votes for zero increase for in-district, bachelor’s tuition - The Chaffee County Times (Jan. 29, 2015)

WICHE in the News - January 29, 2015 - 8:16am
Colorado Mountain College trustees added additional flexibility to the implementation of the college’s Western Undergraduate Exchange tuition rates. These changes will allow the college to more strategically support enrollment in key programs or among CMC’s 11 campuses and instructional sites. The WUE program is administered by the Western Interstate Commission on Higher Education, based in Boulder.
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ED Seeks Summer Interns

U.S. Department of Education Blog - January 29, 2015 - 6:41am

Become a part of the team! ED’s 2014 summer interns participated in a brown bag lunch with Secretary Duncan during their time with the department. (Photo credit: U.S. Department of Education)

Have you ever wondered about pursuing a federal career? Are you interested in public service? Would you like to gain valuable work experience and help move the needle on education issues in this country?

The Department of Education may have opportunities that match your interests – and we’re currently accepting applications for interns!

Our Department is a place where you can explore fields like education policy, education law, business and finance, research and analysis, intergovernmental relations and public affairs, or traditional and digital communications, all while learning about the role federal government plays in education.

Our interns also participate in professional development sessions and events outside of the office, such as lunches with ED and other government officials, movie nights, and tours of the Capitol, the Supreme Court and other local sights.

One of the many advantages of interning at ED is our proximity to some of the most historic and celebrated sites in our nation’s capital, all accessible by walking or taking the Metro.

ED is accepting applications for Summer 2015 internships through March 15, 2015.

If you are interested in interning during the upcoming term, there are three things you must send in order to be considered for an interview:

  1. A cover letter summarizing why you wish to work at ED and stating your previous experiences in the field of education, if any. Include which particular offices interest you. (But, keep in mind that – due to the volume of applications we receive – if we accept you as an intern we may not be able to place you in your first-choice office.)
  2. An updated resumé.
  3. A completed copy of the Intern Application.

Prospective interns should send these three documents in one email to StudentInterns@ed.gov with the subject line formatted as follows: Last Name, First Name: Summer Intern Application.

(Note: For candidates also interested in applying specifically to the Office of General Counsel, please see application requirements here.)

An internship at ED is one of the best ways students can learn about education policy and working in the civil service. It’s also a fantastic opportunity to develop crucial workplace skills that will help you in whatever career path you choose. And, it’s an opportunity to meet fellow students who share your passion for education, learning, and engagement.

Click here for more information or to get started on your application today.

De’Rell Bonner is a special assistant and youth liaison in the Office of Communications and Outreach at the U.S. Department of Education.

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Sortable Table: College and University Endowments, 2013-14

Chronicle of Higher Education - January 29, 2015 - 2:56am

A searchable database shows how individual institutions fared.

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College Endowments See Another Year of Growth

Chronicle of Higher Education - January 29, 2015 - 2:56am

Buoyed by an improving economy, endowments’ returns on their investments rose to 15.5 percent in 2014, up from 11.7 percent the year before, an annual study finds.

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Who’s Saving for College in 529 Plans?

Chronicle of Higher Education - January 29, 2015 - 2:56am

The accounts have been characterized as both a reward for middle-class Americans and a tax break for the wealthy. Here's a look at who actually benefits.

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At Western Michigan U., Resistance Over a Popular Dean’s Dismissal

Chronicle of Higher Education - January 29, 2015 - 2:56am

Alexander Enyedi, dean of arts and sciences, was told his five-year contract would not be renewed. And then the campus responded.

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A New Faculty Challenge: Fending Off Abuse on Yik Yak

Chronicle of Higher Education - January 29, 2015 - 2:55am

An episode at one university highlights how anonymous social-media posts threaten the classroom dynamic.

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The Credit Hour Is Here to Stay, at Least for Now

Chronicle of Higher Education - January 29, 2015 - 2:55am

A report says that the Carnegie Unit, despite its flaws, plays an important role in organizing higher education.

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On 529 Plans, Obama Is Reminded, Don’t Mess With the ‘Middle Class’

Chronicle of Higher Education - January 29, 2015 - 2:55am

The president’s swift reversal on a proposal to roll back tax breaks for college-savings accounts demonstrates the power of that income demographic.

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How to Give Prospective Students a Better Idea of What College Will Cost

Chronicle of Higher Education - January 28, 2015 - 12:32pm

A researcher studying the accuracy of net-price calculators discusses why the tools matter and how they could be improved.

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In Germany, Foreign Students Fear Backlash After Paris Attacks

Chronicle of Higher Education - January 28, 2015 - 11:37am

Students from abroad worry the high-profile terrorist shootings will fuel a far-right movement that was already gaining political strength.  

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Resources to Help You Fill Out the FAFSA

U.S. Department of Education Blog - January 28, 2015 - 7:00am

FAFSA®: An Introduction

If you or someone you know is considering enrolling in college, now is the time to complete the financial aid application – the FAFSA. Students of all ages complete the FAFSA to be considered for financial aid from the federal government, and in most instances, additional money from the state in which they reside and the college they want to attend. That’s why the FAFSA is so important – it is the gateway to three potentially big sources of financial aid from federal, state, and college entities. If you don’t complete a FAFSA, you could be missing out on a lot of financial aid. The data you enter on your FAFSA is used to calculate an Expected Family Contribution (EFC). The EFC is the number that’s used to determine your eligibility for federal student aid and is an indicator of your family’s financial strength to pay for college or career school.

FAFSA: Before you file

A wide array of resources is available to help you navigate the college financial aid process. Before you file your FAFSA, you might want to check out some of the most popular sites to get more information. For a comprehensive source of information on preparing, planning and attending college, take a look at StudentAid.gov. This U.S. Department of Education website is a one-stop source of information for students and their families and is designed to help you through every step of the financial aid process.

You can find general information about federal student aid and many of our publications, brochures, and fact sheets by going to StudentAid.gov/resources. Check the above website for the availability of our publications in English, Spanish, PDF, and Braille. Examples of these publications are listed below:

    • Funding Your Education: The Guide to Federal Student Aid helps students and parents understand the financial aid process and directs them to resources.
    • Financial Aid for Graduate and Professional Students helps graduate and professional degree students understand what types of federal student aid are available to them. It tells them how to apply for aid, what to consider when taking out a student loan, and where else they can look for graduate school funding.
    • College Preparation Checklist explains how to prepare academically and financially for college through “to do” lists aimed at elementary and secondary school students and their parents, as well as adult students. This is the primary publication for any student considering college.
    • My Future, My Way: First Steps Toward College is a workbook for middle and junior high school students that explains how to prepare academically and financially for college. The publication includes charts, checklists, and other activities to engage students as they gain more information about college preparation and costs.

You also may want to check out FAFSA4caster – an early eligibility estimator that can help you plan ahead when it comes to paying for college.

FAFSA: Ways to File

There are three ways to complete a FAFSA:

1) Online at fafsa.gov, (This is the quickest and easiest option!)

2) Access FAFSA to print out a FAFSA PDF

3) Call 1-800-4-FED-AID [1-800-433-3243] to request that a paper FAFSA be mailed to you.

In some cases, you might be able to apply directly through your school. You should check with the financial aid administrator at the school you are interested in attending to see if the school can assist you with your application.

If you need help understanding a specific question on the FAFSA, this guide . Online filers who need additional assistance with a particular question can use the online help or the “Help and Hints” box on the right-hand side of the screen for each question. Keep in mind that filing a FAFSA online is faster and will enable you to benefit from multiple checks to make sure your form is fully complete. (The paper versions, obviously, don’t have this benefit.)

FAFSA: Next Steps

Wondering what happens next? Here are 5 Things To Do After Filing Your FAFSA.

Adam Essex is a Management and Program Analyst at the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Federal Student Aid.

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Wisconsin’s Governor Ups the Ante for University Autonomy

Chronicle of Higher Education - January 28, 2015 - 2:57am

Gov. Scott Walker again proposes giving campuses more freedom from state regulation. In return, they would give up $300-million in state appropriations over two years.

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Bid to Hold Teacher Colleges Accountable Stirs a Debate Over Race

Chronicle of Higher Education - January 28, 2015 - 2:56am

Educators worry that a proposed federal rule would discourage colleges from sending their graduates into high-need districts that serve minority students.

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Why Sororities Aren’t Likely to Start Throwing Parties Anytime Soon

Chronicle of Higher Education - January 28, 2015 - 2:55am

Although some suggest that the campus groups host parties in their own houses, many barriers stand in the way.

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Botching Sexual-Assault Complaints Is Costly, Study Finds

Chronicle of Higher Education - January 28, 2015 - 2:55am

A report from an insurance company offers a rare look at how cases of sexual violence are handled—and mishandled—across dozens of campuses.

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‘Huge Explosion of Wealth’ Drives Record $37.5-Billion in Gifts to Colleges

Chronicle of Higher Education - January 28, 2015 - 2:55am

Gains in the stock market over the past year powered a strong increase in charitable giving to academe, according to a survey by the Council for Aid to Education.

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Kohl-Welles remains top Democrat on higher education - Queen Anne & Magnolia News (Jan. 27, 2015)

WICHE in the News - January 27, 2015 - 1:31pm
Kohl Welles was recently named vice-chair of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE), an association that facilitates resource sharing among higher education systems in 16 western states. She will serve as chair of WICHE in 2016.
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