Financial Aid

The Push to Retrain Unemployed Workers

How the Obama administration is encouraging the unemployed to go to college

IN AN EFFORT TO GET AMERICA’S recently unemployed workers back to work, the Obama administration has implemented several initiatives to encourage them to learn new job skills through postsecondary education. These initiatives are likely to affect higher education institutions and provide additional opportunities to educate workers who have been negatively impacted by the economic downturn.

Historic Times for Student Aid

Congress poised to make dramatic changes to the student aid system by the fall
 

THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION is pushing bold changes for the nation’s financial system, and Congress has laid the groundwork to accomplish them. While it seems certain that Congress will change student aid dramatically this year, it is less certain what these changes will be.

A New Student Aid Era

Increasing college access and success a priority for new administration
 

IT DIDN’T TAKE PRESIDENT Obama long to follow through on his campaign promise to make higher education more affordable for students and families. Within his first 50 days in office his administration worked closely with Congress to increase the maximum Pell Grant by $500 as part of the $787 billion economic stimulus package.

The Economy and Student Financial Aid

Troubling trends—and the silver lining
 

THE ECONOMIC DOWNTURN is sweeping the nation, affecting nearly everything and everyone. Financial aid is no different. The shaky economy has sparked several trends threatening to place unprecedented strains on financial aid programs and budgets.

Maximizing Financial Aid for Veterans

What administrators can do to help veterans take advantage of education benefits
 

BILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN new veteran education benefits will be available next year. The challenge is getting veterans to take advantage of all the benefits available to them.

Student Loan Borrower Beware

How to help students avoid borrowing pitfalls
 

IN THE WAKE OF LAST YEAR'S investigations into loan provider and financial aid office relationships, some campuses hesitate to recommend any lender for fear that they'll be perceived as steering business to certain lenders.

New Grants: Campuswide Cooperation Required

How the registrar's, admissions, and academic offices can help in implementing TEACH grants
 

THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF Education has been working overtime to implement a complicated new grant program that provides up to $4,000 a year for aspiring teachers.

Overcoming the Student Loan Crunch

<em>How providing more financial aid and financial aid counseling will help</em>

THE RECENT ANNOUNCEMENTS made by many student loan companies that they would be tightening lending practices and increasing loan rates and fees highlights the importance of student financial aid counseling and the need for more need-based student aid funding.

Campus lessons learned from the traditional rules of service

FINANCIAL AID OFFICES strive to provide excellent customer service to students and parents, but federal regulations, state mandates, and institutional guidelines can limit the services they are able to provide.

Help (Un)Wanted

Evaluating ACG/SMART grant programs one year later.

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