Financial Aid

Why the government must play an active role in higher ed finance

College is expensive, and the government’s attempts to help make college more affordable for students has likely driven up prices even more. But there is a solution: Rather than remove itself from higher education, as many libertarian economists have suggested, we actually need—and want—the government to play a larger and more prominent role.

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10 tips for working effectively with the financial aid office

For a school to operate at peak efficiency—and best serve students—it is necessary for various administrative departments to understand the purpose and daily operations of other offices. In particular, the activities and regulations that impact the financial aid office can have widespread effects on the rest of the campus. With that in mind, here are 10 tips to help all departments work cohesively with the financial aid office.

Why colleges should care about student loan debt

Student loan debt is topping $1 trillion, and borrowers aren’t the only ones with reason to be concerned. While higher education leaders aren’t responsible for the loans, they also have a stake in getting rising debt and default levels under control.

10 tips for working effectively with the financial aid office

Shared goals and open communication can make everyone’s job easier.

For a school to operate at peak efficiency—and best serve students—it is necessary for various administrative departments to understand the purpose and daily operations of other offices. In particular, the activities and regulations that impact the financial aid office can have widespread effects on the rest of the campus. With that in mind, here are 10 tips to help all departments work cohesively with the financial aid office:

Access and success addressed at NASFAA’s annual conference

Exploring critical financial aid and program funding issues and solutions

Casual observers of the 2013 National Association of Student Aid Administrators conference in Las Vegas this summer may have felt as if they were seeing double, with all the talk of “prior-prior year” income tax.

Congress still has more to do to ease tuition and debt burdens

Although Congress congratulated itself for reaching a compromise on student loan interest rates before adjourning for its recess earlier this month, some Connecticut college students and educators said that lawmakers still have more to do when they return in the fall.

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Students without debt have more active social life, study finds

Some students with debt studied harder while others were disengaged from campus life

College students with no loan debt are more likely to lead a richer social life that involves partying, studying less, and forming relationships that will last long after graduation, a pair of University of Indiana sociologists says.

Improving the refund process at American Public University

People may wait until the last minute to pay a bill, but when owed a refund, they want it as quickly as possible. Understanding that the manual refund process at American Public University System (W.Va.) was problematic, the finance staff set out to improve it and ended up reducing average processing time for financial aid refunds by 90 percent.

Obama needs push to shake up higher education

Any efficient solution to the explosion in college tuition and fees must either damp demand or increase supply.

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