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"Pushing public colleges and universities to increase graduation rates has become a key objective for President Obama and California Gov. Jerry Brown, among others, as they seek to hold higher education institutions more accountable," the Los Angeles Times reports.

Posted on 18 December 2014 | 5:00 pm

"The college-ratings plan that the Education Department is releasing on Friday can best be described as incremental," The Chronicle of Higher Education reports.

Posted on 18 December 2014 | 5:00 pm

"A new infographic from enterprise security and backup specialist SysCloud looks at the risks higher education bodies face and how they can improve their levels of protection," Beta News reports.

Posted on 18 December 2014 | 5:00 pm

"In a report due out on Friday, the Obama administration will offer its first public glimpse of a planned system for rating how well colleges perform, saying it plans to group schools into just three broad categories — good, bad and somewhere between," The New York Times reports.

Posted on 18 December 2014 | 5:00 pm

"A coalition of 46 student, consumer, veterans and civil rights groups on Wednesday wrote to the Obama Administration and U.S. Department of Education to oppose the proposed sale of 56 Corinthian Colleges' campuses to ECMC, a nonprofit student loan guarantee agency," Inside Higher Ed reports.

Posted on 18 December 2014 | 5:00 pm

"There has been a proliferation of consumer information meant to help prospective students choose a college," The Chronicle of Higher Education reports.

Posted on 18 December 2014 | 5:00 pm

"More than a decade of efforts to propel low-income and underserved students through community college have fallen short because states and colleges haven’t made systemwide commitments to strategies like streamlining degree requirements, accelerating remediation, and financially rewarding colleges for raising graduation and persistence rates, according to a report being released on Thursday by Jobs for the Future," The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Posted on 18 December 2014 | 5:00 pm

"Utah college students are taking longer to graduate from four-year institutions than their peers nationwide. For many students, this translates into more student debt, a higher likelihood of dropping out, and long-term economic hardship to families and communities," the Deseret News reports.

Posted on 18 December 2014 | 5:00 pm

2014 was quite a year for higher education, especially for student aid! Here’s a look back at some of the biggest events, issues, and news stories in the financial aid community.

Posted on 18 December 2014 | 5:00 pm

"With student-loan default rates rising, a growing number of policy makers, think tanks, and advocacy groups are calling for automatically enrolling some or all borrowers in income-based repayment, or IBR," The Chronicle of Higher Education's The Ticker blog reports, in a post that cites a new report from NASFAA, New America, and Young Invincibles.

Posted on 17 December 2014 | 5:00 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.”