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July Newsletter: Downloadable Student Loan Comparison Charts | Campus Visits | New Web Site

Download Your Student Loan Comparison Chart
Summer. After a long, tough school year, it’s finally here. Time to kick back and relax, right?
It’s also the season when you have to make some decisions about how to pay for the upcoming academic year. What’s the most confusing issue: Understanding the different types of student loans.
To help you and your family figure it all out, we’ve put together easy-to-read charts — one for undergrads, and one for graduate/professional students — that compare the different types of student loans you may be considering. Find …

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In a Federal Register notice released yesterday, the Department of Education (ED) announced that the implementation date for 34 CFR 600.9(a) and (b) of the state authorization regulations has been delayed for a third time, until July 1, 2015. Previous guidance had delayed the implementation until July 1, 2013, and then again until July 1, 2014. The extension provides states with additional time to finalize processes for those institutions to be able to comply with the state authorization provisions in § 600.9(a) and (b).

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“The U.S. Department of Education early Wednesday morning apologized for a tweet that some people found offensive because it appeared to mock low-income students,” Inside Higher Ed reports.

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Tax benefits comprise the largest source of non-loan federal financial aid for higher education. So why are tax funds left over each year as student debt burdens continue to climb? That’s one big question for members of Congress and policymakers to tackle as they consider changes to the federal tax code—and a big focus of conversations in Washington, D.C. Tuesday.

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“College and university leaders have been up in arms since President Obama announced last year that the administration would soon deploy a rating system that evaluates schools based on factors like affordability, graduation rates, student earnings and how well institutions serve low-income students,” The New York Times says in an editorial.

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“Student-loan debt is widely perceived to be a problem, even a crisis. Experts, advocates, and policy makers have been debating how to tackle it for years, and with the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act on the horizon, those conversations are likely to pick up steam,” The Chronicle of Higher Education reports. “‘We know there are instances where students are borrowing too much,’ says Justin Draeger, president of the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators.”

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“Enrollment declines, cuts to government financial aid, leadership controversies and heightened oversight are working together to threaten some HBCUs in new ways and perhaps even jeopardize their existence, according to people who study, work with and have led HBCUs,” Inside Higher Ed reports.

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“Sharper divisions are emerging between Democrats and Republicans over how Congress should go about reauthorizing the Higher Education Act,” Inside Higher Ed reports.

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“The University of Southern California announced Monday that all of its football and men’s and women’s basketball scholarships would last for four years, instead of being the common one-year renewable grant,” Inside Higher Ed reports.

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“Thousands of bright and motivated California high school graduates dream of attending our state’s public universities, but unlike their peers, these students are barred from borrowing federal dollars to realize that dream,” Janet Napolitano, Timothy White and Ricardo Lara write in The Sacramento Bee.