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"One reason the United States has not made more progress against poverty is that our interventions come too late," Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn write in an opinion piece for The New York Times.

Posted on 14 September 2014 | 6:00 pm

"New data out this week paint a less-then-flattering portrait of the U.S. education system," The Washington Post's Wonk Blog reports.

Posted on 14 September 2014 | 6:00 pm

"Lincoln University's promise got Aitza Hedgemond's attention: The incoming freshman's annual tuition would remain at $11,836 all four years, guaranteed," The Philadelphia Inquirer reports. "'Certainly this is something that has been coming up more in the past several years,' said Megan McClean, director of policy and federal relations for [NASFAA]. 'We think it's always beneficial when you can provide predictability for students and parents.'"

Posted on 14 September 2014 | 6:00 pm

"At a Senate Committee hearing this week, the Government Accountability Office, a research arm of the Congress, reported that 155,000 people last year had their Social Security checks docked to pay off a delinquent student loan.  ... None of these reports, however, explains that the government doesn’t actually consider Social Security and similar benefits as income under its income-based repayment plans for student loans," Jason Delisle writes for Forbes.

Posted on 14 September 2014 | 6:00 pm

"It’s easy to ignore your student loans while you’re in school — if no bills are due, why would loan payments be on your mind? It’s a practical strategy to wait till you’ve graduated to start repaying your debt, but you can make your loans more affordable if you start chipping away at it early," Credit.com reports in its blog. The blog features comments from NASFAA's Megan McClean and Karen McCarthy.

Posted on 14 September 2014 | 6:00 pm

"States last year doled out roughly the same amount of student aid money in 2012-13 as they did the previous year, but they increased the share of money flowing to students based on financial need, according to a new survey published Monday," Inside Higher Ed reports.

Posted on 14 September 2014 | 6:00 pm

"Taking the hard line with its finances, Kentucky State University released 645 of its students from enrollment for unpaid or neglected accounts on September 2. Just a week later, KSU has taken 452 of those students back," Diverse: Issues in Higher Education reports.

Posted on 14 September 2014 | 6:00 pm

"Police at the College of Marin are investigating 23 individuals suspected of posing as students in a plot to steal $200,000 in federal financial aid, some of which has already been paid out by the college," The San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Posted on 14 September 2014 | 6:00 pm

"Earlier this year, the Obama administration revived an effort to target for-profit colleges through a proposed rule on 'gainful employment.' If implemented, this ill-conceived regulation will prove a huge blow for low-income working families and students from underserved communities, including single parents, veterans and minorities," Mario H. Lopez, president of the Hispanic Leadership Fund, writes for The Hill.

Posted on 14 September 2014 | 6:00 pm

"Education is supposed to be America’s primary engine for social mobility, but growing economic inequality is vividly reflected in our nation’s top colleges," The New York Times' The Upshot blog reports.

Posted on 14 September 2014 | 6:00 pm

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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.”