Higher Education News

As Free Textbooks Go Mainstream, Advocate Says Colleges Should Do More to Support Them

Chronicle of Higher Education - July 12, 2016 - 2:55am
Hal Plotkin, a longtime supporter of open educational resources, says efforts like the Zero Textbook Cost degree could save students billions of dollars.
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In a Time of Tension, Universities Craft New Free-Speech Policies

Chronicle of Higher Education - July 12, 2016 - 2:55am
After a year of highly publicized protests against racism on campuses, colleges must decide this summer what the balance between free speech and public order will look like in the coming academic year.
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College Campuses Are Being Overrun by Pokémon Go

Chronicle of Higher Education - July 12, 2016 - 2:40am
A new game spinning off the ’90s kids’ card-game phenomenon has students exploring their campuses through new eyes — their smartphones. College officials are trying to keep up.
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Yale Worker Purposely Breaks Stained-Glass Window Over 'Racist' Imagery

Chronicle of Higher Education - July 11, 2016 - 5:55pm
The window showed two slaves picking cotton and also depicted John C. Calhoun, the 19th-century white supremacist and defender of slavery.
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Despite Controversy, Berkeley Renews Football Coach's $150,000 Contract

Chronicle of Higher Education - July 11, 2016 - 12:56pm
A faculty group had called on the university to not extend the contract until an investigation looked into Damon Harrington's possible role in one player's death and another's concussion.
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Video: Adapting in Tough Times

Chronicle of Higher Education - July 11, 2016 - 2:59am
Allison Garrett, president of Emporia State University, in Kansas, talks about how her institution is dealing with a challenging state budget.
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When Does a Student-Affairs Official Cross the Line?

Chronicle of Higher Education - July 11, 2016 - 2:55am
In a time of protest and recrimination, balancing the goals of students and an institution can be perilous. The University of Missouri found that out when a student-life administrator turned up in a viral video.
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What’s Next for College Students Who Backed Bernie

Chronicle of Higher Education - July 11, 2016 - 2:55am
With Sen. Bernie Sanders expected to bow out of the presidential race on Tuesday, campus activists who supported him are divided on Hillary Clinton and remain focused on broad political change.
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1997: Professor, You’ve Been Scammed

Chronicle of Higher Education - July 10, 2016 - 5:33pm
A fast talker posing as a well-known sports sociologist bilked dozens of scholars out of more than $200,000.
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As a Shooting Unfolds, Hours of Chaos and Fear at Dallas's El Centro College

Chronicle of Higher Education - July 8, 2016 - 4:07pm
The gunfire that claimed the lives of five police officers erupted outside a campus building, stranding students who were taking final exams.
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In Dallas Shooting, College Found Itself in the Crossfire

Chronicle of Higher Education - July 8, 2016 - 7:38am
El Centro, a community college, was locked down overnight as sniper fire killed five police officers and wounded seven others. The police killed a sniper after a standoff in a garage.
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Education Department Resolves Sexual-Assault Case With Minot State

Chronicle of Higher Education - July 8, 2016 - 2:55am
The Office for Civil Rights found that the university did not process a student's complaint that she had been sexually assaulted by a professor.
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'One Trigger Finger for Whites and Another for Blacks': What the Research Says

Chronicle of Higher Education - July 8, 2016 - 2:55am
Scholars have been studying the role of race in fatal police shootings for decades. Here’s a survey of what they’ve learned.
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When a Chancellor Blocks a Student on Twitter

Chronicle of Higher Education - July 8, 2016 - 2:55am
The blocking, then unblocking, of a student by the chancellor at East Carolina University demonstrates how quickly college leaders can find themselves taking heat online.
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‘One Trigger Finger for Whites and Another for Blacks’: What the Research Says

Chronicle of Higher Education - July 8, 2016 - 2:55am
Scholars have been studying the role of race in fatal police shootings for decades. Here’s a survey of what they’ve learned.
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Law Enforcement and Academe

Chronicle of Higher Education - July 7, 2016 - 10:00pm
A series of deadly police shootings of black men have plunged law-enforcement agencies around the country into controversy. This collection of Chronicle articles offers insights on campus and local police departments and the scrutiny they face.
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Georgia Southern U. Staff Members Helped Athletes Cheat, NCAA Rules

Chronicle of Higher Education - July 7, 2016 - 12:12pm
Two officials' violation of the NCAA's ethical-conduct rules resulted in a number of penalties, including a fine and a reduction of two football scholarships next year.
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Why Don't Young Scientists Get More Grants? Often They Don't Apply

Chronicle of Higher Education - July 7, 2016 - 12:09pm
Experts have long bemoaned the fact that older researchers earn disproportionate funding. A new study suggests they're more likely than their younger colleagues to ask the NIH for money.
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Expect High Turnover in College Business Offices, Association Says

Chronicle of Higher Education - July 7, 2016 - 11:18am
More than 43 percent of business officers say their current post is their last before they retire, a survey found, and about 44 percent of them plan to retire in less than four years.
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Financial Aid Tips for Graduate Students

U.S. Department of Education Blog - July 7, 2016 - 7:00am

Getting admitted into graduate school took a big weight off my shoulders, but it didn’t last long. I was already financially strapped from paying for four years of undergrad and I soon had to figure out how to pay for grad school. With the help of federal student aid and funding from my school, I am heading to grad school with all my school expenses covered. If you’re preparing for grad school, here are my tips for success.

 1. Start thinking about your graduate school finances early.

Before you even begin applications, you should understand what loans you already have and consider what your financial situation might look like as a graduate student. If you’re considering graduate school at the same institution you attended for undergrad, look for opportunities to get graduate credit while you’re still an undergrad. When I was an undergraduate senior, my university allowed me to take graduate courses that counted toward my master’s degree and saved me thousands in future tuition expenses.

2. Learn about the different types of federal aid for graduate students.

Your federal aid package will probably be different than what you were offered as an undergraduate. FAFSA4caster can give you an idea of what types of federal aid you will qualify for. Graduate students have a variety of federal student aid options and are considered independent on the FAFSA. Make sure you complete your FAFSA on time. You might have to complete it even before you know your admission status.

3. Seek funding opportunities at your particular university or graduate program.

Individual schools offer a variety of graduate funding options such as scholarships, graduate assistantships, and graduate fellowships. These are sometimes a more significant source of aid for graduate students than federal aid. When you’re trying to decide on a graduate program, make sure you compare the types of funding offered to students. Once you commit to a graduate program, proactively seek funding opportunities from your program or university.

4. Be proactive and stay on top of everything.

I enrolled in a graduate program at the same university as my undergraduate study, so I expected a smooth transition. A few weeks after I committed to my graduate program, I received a notification from the university saying I was ineligible for financial aid. After a moment of panic, I realized there was no way that this could be true. It turned out that there was confusion in the school’s computer system because I was enrolled as both an undergraduate and a graduate. The problem was easily fixed when I called my school’s financial aid office. Despite submitting my FAFSA and all other paperwork correctly and on time, I still ran into a few speed bumps. With grad school, it is ultimately your responsibility to make sure that everything is submitted correctly and to follow up when necessary. Being proactive can make the financial aid process go much more smoothly.

You can get additional information about financial aid for graduate students in the Financial Aid for Graduate and Professional Degree Students brochure.

Joe Oudin is a graduate student at the University of Maryland pursuing a master’s degree in public policy. Joe also served as an intern with the Department of Education’s office of Federal Student Aid.

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