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"The extent of being a quote-unquote public figure was something that I really, truly wasn't prepared for," says Mary Jane Saunders.
The university and Udacity are partners in the project, with support from AT&T. Degree-seeking students will have to apply and will pay about $7,000.
"You do the best you can with what you know at the time," he says of that grim spring day. "And we did the best we could with what we knew."
Your student loan grace period is a set amount of time after you graduate, leave school, or drop below half-time enrollment before you must begin repayment on your loan. For most student loans, the grace period is six months but in some instances, a grace period could be longer. The grace period gives you time to get financially settled and to select your repayment plan.*
Here are four things you can do during your grace period to prepare for repayment:
1. Get Organized
Start by tracking down all of your student loans. There is a website that allows you to view all your federal student loans in one place.
Note: Don’t forget to check to see if you have private student loans.
2. Contact Your Loan Servicer
A loan servicer is a company that handles the billing and other services on your federal student loan. Your loan servicer can help you choose a repayment plan, understand loan consolidation, and complete other tasks related to your federal student loan, so it is important to maintain contact with your loan servicer. If your circumstances change at any time during your repayment period, your loan servicer will be able to help.
To find out who your loan servicer is, visit nslds.ed.gov. You may have more than one loan servicer, so it is important that you look at each loan individually.
3. Estimate Your Monthly Payments Under Different Repayment Plans
Federal Student Aid recently launched a Repayment Estimator that lets you compare your monthly student loan payment under different repayment plans to help you figure out which repayment plan is right for you.
Just go to www.StudentLoans.gov –> Log in –> Click “Repayment Estimator” in bottom left corner. It will pull in all of your federal student loan information automatically so you can compare repayment plans based on your specific situation.
4. Select The Repayment Plan That Works For You
Although you may select or be assigned a repayment plan when you first begin repaying your student loan, you can change repayment plans at any time. Flexible repayment options are one of the greatest benefits of federal student loans. There are options to tie your monthly payments to your income and even ways you can have your loans forgiven if you are a teacher or employed in certain public service jobs. Once you have determined which repayment plan is right for you, you must contact your loan servicer to officially select a new repayment plan.
* Not all federal student loans have a grace period. Note that for many loans, interest will accrue during your grace period.
Nicole Callahan is a new media analyst at the Department of Education’s office of Federal Student Aid.
A second review team at the Higher Learning Commission says some previously flagged issues remain. It suggests putting the institution on "notice" status.
As part of our celebration of Teacher Appreciation Week (May 6-10), more than 65 ED officials from across the country went “Back to School,” shadowing teachers and experiencing firsthand the challenges and rewards of a day in the classroom. Our team had a unique opportunity to hear about ways the Department can provide greater support for teachers’ work and better understand the demands placed upon them.
Each ED official was assigned to shadow one teacher at various institutions in 13 states and the District of Columbia including; early childhood, K-12, special education, adult learning and English learning programs. Following the regular teaching day, officials and teachers met with Education Secretary Arne Duncan and other senior officials to discuss their experiences and share lessons learned. ED officials benefit greatly from this experience and it helps to inform their work throughout the Department.
Our team had high praise for the teachers they shadowed. Senior Advisor Jo Anderson, visiting second-grade teacher Nicole Lebedeff at Watkins Elementary School in Washington, D.C. compared her teaching style to that of a “symphony conductor” and called the way she managed her classroom a “work of art.” Special Assistant on Early Learning Steven Hicks was impressed with the social and emotional development of the young students at DC Prep, a charter school network with campuses in Northeast Washington D.C., and Teacher Liaison Laurie Calvert was surprised at the advanced level of the curriculum being taught in Riverside Elementary School classes in Alexandria, Va.
Outside of the D.C. area, Diana Huffman from ED’s Office of Communications and Outreach (OCO) in Denver, visited preschool teacher Cindy Maul at Red Hawk Elementary School in Erie, Colo., and said, “I wish every child in America had the opportunity to be with this woman. Her interaction with the kids was so in tune with them.”
Julie Ewart of ED’s communications office in Chicago, praised the way veteran English teacher Linda Golston harnesses students’ individual passions to make writing lessons engaging at the New Tech Innovative Institute of Gary public schools in northwest Indiana. “I was not a good student last year, but now I’m an honors student,” said sophomore Charles Jones, who credits his improvement to Golston’s classwork that “relates to the real world.”
At the end-of-day wrap up discussion, Secretary Duncan asked the teachers what they would like him to know about what is working and what’s not. The teachers offered honest feedback, including:
- One teacher thanked him for the recently released blueprint for the RESPECT plan (Recognizing Educational Success, Professional Excellence and Collaborative Teaching) – the result of an unprecedented national dialogue for reforming and elevating the teaching profession. She said that it accurately reflected the concerns and needs of teachers. The RESPECT blueprint calls for teacher salaries to be competitive with professions like architecture, medicine and law; more support for novice teachers; and more career opportunities for veteran teachers.
- Several other teachers expressed support for President Obama’s commitment to investing in early learning because a lot of students are coming into kindergarten behind the mark. Building on the state investments in preschool programs, the President is proposing $75 billion over 10 years to create new partnerships with states to provide high-quality preschool for all 4-year olds.
- Teachers from all grade levels also expressed concerns about the frequency and content of testing, state implementation of the new college and career ready standards, parental engagement and how to help parents become more involved in their children’s education.
- One high school teacher said that we must help students and parents understand that education is the most important tool for social mobility and success in college and career in a global society.
As we wrap up Teacher Appreciation Week 2013, we should make a commitment to remember all year long that our teachers need and deserve our support in transforming America’s schools.
Read Secretary Duncan’s.“More Substantive and Lasting than a Bagel Breakfast,” on the need to support teachers year round.
Elaine Quesinberry is a Public Affairs Specialist and Media Relations at the U.S. Department of Education.
Officials interviewed by the Government Accountability Office often mentioned the time and cost of gathering consumer-disclosure data as problems.
An information gap is among the factors that make it difficult for students to pay for their higher education, says America's Promise Alliance.
Transitions: NATO Commander to Lead Tufts's Fletcher School; New Vice Chancellor at California Community Colleges
James G. Stavridis, who will retire from the Navy this summer, will become dean of the international-affairs school. Read about that and other job-related news.
Patrick Haden, of the University of Southern California, performed in a musical to model the value of experiencing college more broadly.
The Yale professor of classics and history, who is about to retire, has long advocated fiercely for the study of Western civilization.
Kevin Kumashiro, who has written on oppression in the classroom, will bring his approach to training teachers to the University of San Francisco.
The classic arrangement of buildings around a green may have its roots in an architect's plans for a New York college.
A career center at Hamilton College teaches job-search skills to underprivileged freshmen.
Discussions about socioeconomic class, once taboo, are taking hold on some campuses.
On most of those campuses, the value of living in the house isn't calculated as part of total compensation, because it doesn't have to be.
Median total compensation was more than $440,000 a year, better than a 4-percent increase.
Graham Spanier made as much money as he did in 2011-12 because Penn State, amid a scandal, chose to fire him "without cause."