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"A series of further setbacks this month for Charlotte School of Law may have closed the beleaguered operation for good, the president of its alumni association said Tuesday," The Charlotte Observer reports.

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"Since being confirmed as Education Secretary in February, Betsy DeVos has not regularly spoken with the media. Last Wednesday, however, she sat down for a 30-minute conversation with the Associated Press to discuss a range of topics, including campus sexual assault and whether or not the department plans to take action on race-conscious admissions," according to The Chronicle of Higher Education.

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"In response to a major security breach, federal officials have announced a change to the financial-aid application that some worry could discourage students from applying for the support they need to go to college," Education Week's High School and Beyond blog reports. NASFAA's Megan Coval is quoted in the article.

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Most parents would like to see their children pursue a four-year degree as opposed to a two-year degree, according to new polling released this week. But those views can sway significantly depending on what information the parents are given, as well as demographic factors like education level, race and ethnicity, and even political affiliation.

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As more postsecondary institutions work to address low completion rates, a "guided pathways" approach is gaining popularity to address the barriers to completion. A new article in NASFAA's Journal of Student Financial Aid presents an overview of the approach and addresses the financial aid policy barriers to enrollment and program completion. The article also includes recommendations for strengthening the guided pathways approach, such as forging partnerships with employers to provide training to college students, offering Pell-eligible students the opportunity to pay a discounted rate of tuition, and investing in student peer debt advisors. Read the full article and others in the latest issue of JSFA.

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"Add Jim Simpson’s story to America’s heap of crippling student debt and tarnished hopes of a brighter future. For truck drivers," Bloomberg reports.

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"The Trump administration is stuck between a rock and a hard place as a deadline approaches for Texas and nine other states to file suit against the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program," The Hill reports.

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"Many families need their high schoolers to contribute to steep college bills. They also worry student earnings will affect potential financial aid. ... But before worrying about the effect of student finances, here's what to know," according to U.S. News & World Report.

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"Sens. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) and David Perdue (R-Ga.) recently introduced a revised version of the bill addressing legal immigration into the United States, the Reforming American Immigration for a Strong Economy (RAISE) Act. It is supposed to spur economic growth and raise working Americans' wages by giving priority to the best-skilled immigrants from around the world and reducing overall immigration by half," Nolan Rappaport writes in an opinion piece for The Hill. "Nevertheless, it will not reach the president’s desk without support from influential Democratic congressmen, which will be difficult to get and won’t be free."

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“The Minnesota Association of Financial Aid Administrators (MAFAA) is an association of professionals committed to the principle that no one should be denied access to higher education for financial reasons.”