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“A state’s rights decision Tuesday by the United States Supreme Court may further impede the ability of racial minorities to attend state-supported colleges and universities in Michigan and six other states, yet does not change the court’s overall position that the use of race is still a valid consideration in other states for devising admissions strategies. The ruling was … widely criticized by progressives and leaders of numerous higher education advocacy groups,” Diverse: Issues In Higher Education reports.

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“If you have student loans, chances are you wish there was a way to make them disappear. And in a way, there is: The federal government now offers three repayment plans that lower monthly payments and will—eventually—forgive remaining debt. A separate plan forgives loans for people who take certain public-service jobs,” the National Journal‘s The Next America reports.

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“Student loans are one of the top ways that students pay for college. It’s become a fact of life in the American higher education system, but most borrowers don’t understand the risks,” Robert Farrington writes in a Forbes opinion piece.

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“For students who borrow on the private market to pay for school, the death of a parent can come with an unexpected, added blow, a federal watchdog warns. Even borrowers who have good payment records can face sudden demands for full, early repayment of those loans, and can be forced into default,” according to The New York Times.

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“A scaled-back version of a measure to upend Colorado’s higher education funding that intended to allow legislators to tie performance to support passed out of the House Monday with more control back in the hands of educators,” The Denver Post reports.

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“Decision time is here.  In 10 days, it will be May 1st,, a day that is significant to hundreds of thousands of college applicants for two reasons: it’s the day applicants are required to send in their deposit to the college of their choice to keep their place and it’s the last day to receive a refund from most schools if a student has made a deposit but changed his or her mind,” Lucie Lapovsky writes in a Forbes opinion piece.

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“If you trust the government’s accounting (which some don’t), the Department of Education is slated to make almost $150 billion over the next 10 years from new direct student lending, before administrative costs. About three-quarters of those profits will come from grad schoolers, even though they only borrow about one-third of all federal loan dollars,” Jordan Weissman writes for Slate.

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Slate’s Jordan Weissmann, whose work I normally enjoy, has written a column analyzing something that does not exist — namely, the ‘profits’ earned by the federal government on student loans,” Reihan Salam writes in the National Review Online’s The Agenda.

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News broke recently of a wide-reaching security vulnerability known as the Heartbleed bug. Heartbleed affects OpenSSL, used by a majority of the web to securely send data. In short, NASFAA member data is safe from Heartbleed.

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After closing their previous term with the Fisher v. University of Texas decision, earlier this month the Supreme Court began its new term by hearing another case related to diversity in postsecondary education. The Court heard oral arguments for Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action on Oct. 15, a case that challenges the Michigan state ban against the consideration of race in admissions by the state’s public institutions.

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“Government officials are trying to rein in increasingly popular federal programs that forgive some student debt, amid rising concerns over the plans’ costs and the possibility they could encourage colleges to push tuition even higher,” The Wall Street Journal reports.

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“Continuing her push to promote higher education, First Lady Michelle Obama on Wednesday toured Howard University with a group of Chicago public high school juniors and seniors,” Inside Higher Ed reports.

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“The latest report on state financing of higher education shows a glimmer of good news for public colleges. But it’s also a reminder of how much has changed for public higher education since the start of the recession, in 2008,” The Chronicle of Higher Education reports.

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“Running a tuition-dependent liberal-arts college isn’t easy these days. And the College of Wooster must compete in a crowded market, without a marquee name. Even so, its leaders are sticking with a contested pricing model—and choosing not to pursue other strategies that might make that commitment easier to keep,” The Chronicle of Higher Education reports.

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“The debate may soon be over for the bill that would allow undocumented students in Florida to pay in-state tuition to attend Florida colleges,” Bay News 9 reports.