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Is it Possible To Pay for College With Scholarships?

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Posted by    Sunday, July 5, 2015 at 5:00pm

As tuitions costs continue to rise, is it really possible to foot the bill with a steady diet of scholarships?

Daily Finance writes:

Can You Pay for College With Scholarships?

Gwen Thomas started preparing her son for college when he was just 13. Today, after helping him net $500,000 in scholarships for a higher-education experience that spanned some 30 countries, she teaches other parents how to get help sending kids to school.

Talk about a smart business idea. According to the College Board, the average cost of tuition and fees for the 2014-2015 school year was $31,231 at private colleges, $9,139 for state residents at public colleges, and $22,958 for out-of-state residents attending public universities. And that’s for just one child.

For my wife and me, parents of three fast-growing kids and living month-to-month and check-to-check, our best hope of getting them through school is to be like Thomas and help our children chase the right mix of scholarships.

The (Green) Paper Chase

Replicating even a portion of Thomas’ success won’t be easy. The key appears to be spending the time and effort required to unearth good opportunities, and then applying for all of them.


 
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Christian University President Issues Warning Over Same-Sex Marriage Ruling

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Posted by    Sunday, July 5, 2015 at 3:30pm

Religious institutions are very worried about losing their tax-exempt status.

Jennifer Kabbany of the College Fix reports.

Christian university president issues dire warning over same-sex marriage ruling

‘To force students by default to attend secular schools is a form of mind control’

Samuel “Dub” Oliver, president of Union University – a private, evangelical Christian liberal arts university in Tennessee – has issued a dire warning about the fate of Christian colleges in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to legalize same-sex marriage across America.

Many believe private Christian universities – and indeed all Christian schools – that do not support same-sex marriages will now be at grave risk of losing their tax-exempt statuses. But that is just one of the many important observations Oliver poses in his musings on the recent ruling.

“I am deeply concerned about the impact the Supreme Court’s ruling might have on faith-based or other educational institutions—including schools from grades K-12, colleges, universities, theological seminaries and graduate schools—that hold to natural or conjugal marriage, which has only come into question within the past decade,” stated Oliver, writing in First Things.

He noted there are some 30,700 such schools in America that fall under that category, adding:

Because the Court found a constitutional guarantee to same-sex marriage, will faith-based institutions be faced with a decision to deny their convictions or lose their tax-exempt status? Will their students be denied Pell grants and other forms of direct-to-student government aid? The consequences could be catastrophic for private, faith-based education, secular education and the common good.

If faith-based educational institutions cease to exist, the state educational system will not be able to accommodate the number of students then dumped into the pool. Moreover, to force students by default to attend secular schools is a form of mind control. Would our government embrace the tactics of regimes in the past that made hypocrites of citizens by insisting that they agree by force of law, if only outwardly, on matters of faith?


 
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Lessons Learned From Sweet Briar’s Brush With Death

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Posted by    Sunday, July 5, 2015 at 2:00pm

Sweet Briar College was saved at the eleventh hour. What lessons can be taken from the small college’s brush with death?

TIME reports:

Here’s What I Learned From the Near-Death of a Small College

If there is one thing I learned during my two years as vice president at the American Council on Education,...

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Bankruptcy of Corinthian Colleges Causes a Debt Mess

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Posted by    Sunday, July 5, 2015 at 12:30pm

The slew of problems caused by this situation will drag on for months.

Trevor McGuire of See Thru Edu points to a piece by Paul Fain of Inside Higher Ed.

Debt Forgiveness and Liquidation

(from Inside Higher Ed):

By Paul Fain

The messy dismantling of Corinthian Colleges is moving through a federal bankruptcy court, as a...

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Indiana University Law Student Turns Stand-Up Comedian

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Posted by    Sunday, July 5, 2015 at 11:00am

He ditched his law school major to make his own major in stand-up comedy.

The Indy Channel reports.

IU student ditches law school for stand-up comedy major

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — An Indiana University student is trading his law textbooks for a microphone stand to create his own stand-up comedy major — the first of...

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Syracuse Prof Thinks Reason is a White Male Construct

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Posted by    Sunday, July 5, 2015 at 9:30am

There’s just no end to stuff like this.

Blake Neff of the Daily Caller reported.

Professor: Reason Itself Is A White Male Construct

A philosophy and religion professor at Syracuse University gave an interview to The New York Times Thursday in which he critiqued the notion of pure reason as simply being a “white...

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LSU Professor Fired for Using Profanity in the Classroom Raises Concerns

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Posted by    Sunday, July 5, 2015 at 8:00am

She had taught for 20 years at LSU.

FIRE reports.

Firing of LSU Professor Who Used Profanity in the Classroom Raises Concerns

Last week, Louisiana State University (LSU) associate professor Teresa Buchanan learned that she was fired from LSU as a result of what she’s calling a “witch hunt.”

In April, a faculty review committee...

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U. of Michigan Draws PETA’s Ire Over Baby Wallaby

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Posted by    Saturday, July 4, 2015 at 5:00pm

PETA is up in arms after two students from the University of Michigan allegedly tried to sell a baby wallaby online.

The Detroit News reports:

Baby wallaby has animal rights group fuming at UM

An animal rights activist group is unhappy with the University of Michigan’s handling of an exotic animal...

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Marian Court College Has Closed its Doors

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Posted by    Saturday, July 4, 2015 at 3:30pm

We recently reported that the school’s students were trying to keep this from happening but time ran out.

USA Today reported.

Marian Court College closes

Marian Court College, a small Roman Catholic college based in Swampscott, Mass., closed its doors June 30 due to insurmountable financial challenges, according to The Boston Globe.

The commuter school...

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U. of Nebraska Accused of Violating Open Meetings Law

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Posted by    Saturday, July 4, 2015 at 2:00pm

Nebraska’s Attorney General has accused University of Nebraska officials for violating the open meetings laws when searching for a new president.

Watchdog.org reports:

AG: University of Nebraska violated open meetings law in presidential search

LINCOLN, Neb. — Nebraska Attorney General Doug Peterson says University of Nebraska officials broke state law during their search...

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How Obama’s College Ratings Plan Fell Flat

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Posted by    Saturday, July 4, 2015 at 12:30pm

Nobody was ever particularly excited about the plan to begin with.

Read this AP report via ABC News.

How Obama Reversed Course on Federal College Ratings

President Barack Obama dearly wanted to get the government in the business of rating colleges and universities based on value and affordability, promising a new system by 2015....

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College Application Data Might Not be Safe From Hackers

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Posted by    Saturday, July 4, 2015 at 11:00am

The information collected for applications include everything from social security numbers to total balance of cash.

13WMAZ reports.

Is college application data safe from hackers?

TREASURE ISLAND, Florida— High School senior Matthew Kuba is ready for college. But to get there he had to spend hours online filling out financial aid forms and...

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Lawsuit Claims University of Illinois Segregated Black Basketball Players From Whites

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Posted by    Saturday, July 4, 2015 at 9:30am

A horrible story if true. Also interesting that it happened in such a blue state.

Greg Piper reports at the College Fix.

University of Illinois segregated black basketball players from whites, lawsuit says

Former women’s basketball players are accusing current and former coaching staff and trustees of creating an environment that was “racially hostile”...

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Battle of the Ivy League Law Schools

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Posted by    Saturday, July 4, 2015 at 8:00am

Move out of the way Yale! Harvard comes out on top here.

National Law Journal reports.

In This Alternative Universe, Harvard Law Ranks No. 1

Yale Law School has landed at the top of U.S. News & World Report’s annual law school rankings for years, but Harvard Law School reigns supreme on an alternative...

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Sen. Durbin Requests Pentagon Investigation Into U. of Phoenix

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Posted by    Friday, July 3, 2015 at 6:30pm

More trouble for the University of Phoenix?

The Military Times reports:

Senator: University of Phoenix should be investigated

Sen. Richard Durbin sent a letter Wednesday to Defense Secretary Ash Carter asking for an investigation of the tactics used by the University of Phoenix to recruit soldiers and veterans to become students.

The request by...

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Portrait of Former SC Governor Vandalized at Winthrop University

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Posted by    Friday, July 3, 2015 at 5:00pm

A portrait at Winthrop University of former South Carolina governor Ben Tillman, a Democrat, has been vandalized.

WCNC News in Charlotte reported.

Political figure’s portrait vandalized at Winthrop University

A portrait of a South Carolina political figure on the Winthrop University campus was reportedly vandalized Thursday morning.

An NBC Charlotte viewer shared a letter with...

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Harvard Reportedly Hacked

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Posted by    Friday, July 3, 2015 at 3:30pm

Several universities have been hacked recently and it seems even Harvard wasn’t spared.

Softpedia writes:

Harvard University Announces Cyber Intrusion

Institution urges affiliates to change their passwords
Unauthorized activity on a couple computer networks at Harvard University was tracked recently, causing the administration of the institution...

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Students in Tennessee Could Lose Scholarship Funds for Lack of Community Service

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Posted by    Friday, July 3, 2015 at 2:00pm

Tennessee has a program which provides scholarship money for students who meet certain qualifications but a key element is community service which many students have skipped.

ABC News in Nashville reports.

Thousands of Tennessee college freshmen in danger of losing scholarship

Thousands of incoming college freshmen across the state...

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Cost of a Top College in 18 Years will be $500,000

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Posted by    Friday, July 3, 2015 at 12:30pm

You thought tuition was high right now?

Forbes reports.

In 18 Years A FORBES Top College Will Cost You Over $500,000

If you want to pay for one of the top 100 colleges on Forbes Best Colleges list in 18 years, you better start saving early and often. Most of the elite private colleges...

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Petition Seeks to Erase Vice President John C. Calhoun’s Name From Yale

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Posted by    Friday, July 3, 2015 at 11:00am

Calhoun was vice president of the United States in the early 1800′s and was a slavery supporter.

He was also a Democrat, a fact which was conveniently left out of this report from NBC News in Connecticut.

Petition Calls for Yale University to Remove Slavery Supporter’s Name From College

A petition is circulating to...

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College of DuPage President Allegedly Used Donor Money on Lavish Lifestyle

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Posted by    Friday, July 3, 2015 at 9:30am

To help put things in perspective, College of DuPage is a community college.

The Chicago Tribune reports.

College of DuPage releases Breuder expenses showing wining, dining, hunting

On the way to an exclusive hunt club in March 2014, College of DuPage President Robert Breuder stopped to pick up two bottles of red wine.

He c...

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Washington Post Gives Credit for Lower Tuition in Washington State to Microsoft

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Posted by    Friday, July 3, 2015 at 8:00am

Microsoft will apparently be paying a higher business tax in the state which will help offset tuition costs but at least some credit should be given to Republicans in the state, who made this happen.

Jeff Guo’s report at the Wash...

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