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How Wait Times Impact the Health and Well-Being of College Students

Timely MD

College and university students face many challenges, including academic pressures and financial strains. However, one of the most pressing issues is the significant wait times for accessing mental healthcare. These delays profoundly affect students’ health, academic performance, and overall well-being. The mental health crisis on campuses According to the Healthy Minds survey , over 60% of college students meet the criteria for at least one mental health problem — a 50% increase since 201

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Sacramento State Recognized as First Black-Serving Institution in California

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

Sacramento State has been designated as a Black Serving Institution by the California State Assembly, Sacramento County, and the city of Sacramento. Dr. Luke Wood “This distinctive recognition reaffirms Sacramento State’s commitment and dedication to serving the needs of our diverse student body, especially for our Black students,” said Sacramento State President Dr.

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Managing Mental Health as an LGBTQ+ Youth in a Social World

Active Minds

For many young people (myself included), our lives are increasingly digital. We spend hours a day, for better or for worse, on our phones scrolling through our TikTok For You Page, liking Instagram posts of both our classmates and celebrities, and swiping through Snapchat stories. Although these can be great platforms for keeping up with old friends and memorializing important life moments, they can also be hubs for misinformation, hate speech, and a catalyst for self-doubt.

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5 Scholarships to Apply to This Month

Student Research Foundation

With the costs of college on the rise, finding the best scholarships to pay for college is more important than ever. But, it can be hard to know what to focus on in your scholarship search and how to secure those much-needed funds. Between finding scholarships to apply for, putting your best foot forward by writing a winning scholarship application , learning how to make your scholarship application stand out, and staying on top of deadlines… you have a lot on your plate!

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Can Brain Science Actually Help Make Your Training & Teaching Stick?

Speaker: Andrew Cohen, Founder & CEO of Brainscape

The instructor’s PPT slides are brilliant. You’ve splurged on the expensive interactive courseware. Student engagement is stellar. So… why are half of your students still forgetting everything they learned in just a matter of weeks? It's likely a matter of cognitive science! With so much material to "teach" these days, we often forget to incorporate key proven principles into our curricula — namely active recall, metacognition, spaced repetition, and interleaving practice.

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Now Available: Variable Federal Loan Interest Rates for 2024-25

College Aid Services

Federal Student Aid (FSA) has released the variable interest rate calculations for Stafford, PLUS/SLS, and Consolidation loans based on the 13-week Treasury Bill auction prior to June 1st. The rates for these three loan categories will be 5.40% and will impact loans that fall within the July 1, 2024 to June 30, 2025 time period; … More » Now Available: Variable Federal Loan Interest Rates for 2024-25 The post Now Available: Variable Federal Loan Interest Rates for 2024-25 first appeared on

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Introducing NCLC’s Student Loan Toolkit

NCLC Student Loan Borrower Assistance

Whether you are just starting your student loan journey or have been dealing with student loan debt for decades, you can use NCLC’s newly created Student Loan Toolkit to help you take charge of your student loan situation and move forward. Download the toolkit today! The Toolkit explains the basics of the student loan system, how to assess your own student loan situation, and your options for managing your student loan debt.

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Why Being Indifferent Can Make a Positive Difference for You

Steve Keating

When we think of someone who is indifferent we tend to think of a disengaged person. Someone who doesn’t care, who is uncommitted and dispassionate. None of that sounds good. But there is a time for indifference in our lives and successful, happy people know when to use it. They’ve mastered the discipline of being indifferent to the things, circumstances, and situations in life that make no difference.

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Secretary Cardona Announces Initiatives to Modernize the Office of Federal Student Aid

College Aid Services

Amid heavy criticism of the 2024-2025 FAFSA rollout, the Department of Education plans to modernize FSA. In a letter sent May 30th to staff members, Secretary Cardona announced initiatives to address several areas of improvement such as how leadership structures organizational workflows, improving technological infrastructure, and creating better systems of accountability.

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Dr. Karrie Dixon Elected Chancellor of North Carolina Central University

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

Dr. Karrie Dixon has been elected chancellor of North Carolina Central University (NCCU). Dr. Karrie Dixon “Being a part of this incredible community of scholars, innovators and leaders on the sloping hills and verdant green is a dream come true,” said Dixon. “NCCU embodies grit, innovation, leadership, purpose and legacy, and I am committed to building on our rich traditions and ensuring that our students, faculty, staff and alumni have the tools and opportunities necessary to succeed,” she sai

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Social Insurance Rider on Disability Insurance: Pros and Cons, Revealed

Student Loan Planner

When a client handed me a detailed list of benefit riders for their long-term disability insurance policy, I expected the usual requests: benefits up to age 65, own-occupation coverage, a 90-day elimination period, a cost of living rider and partial disability benefits. But they also asked to put $2,000 on the social insurance substitute rider… The post Social Insurance Rider on Disability Insurance: Pros and Cons, Revealed appeared first on Student Loan Planner.

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Understanding Institutional Methodology (IM) in Financial Aid

HEAG

As institutions begin working on sending and calculating award letters for students, it might be helpful to provide a breakdown of the basics around the Institutional Methodology formula that is oftentimes used to assist financial aid professionals in determining how … Read more ».

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The AP Program: The Good News and the Bad News

College Planners of America

Two outcomes of a student’s admissions campaign indicate success; first, being accepted by targeted colleges, and second, being able to afford them. Earning high grades on Advanced Placement (AP) exams can foster both results. This is why the AP program is viewed as a boon to high school students aspiring to attend a top college. But there is a dark side to the AP program.

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Jefferson to Preside Over Roxbury Community College

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

Dr. Jonathan K. Jefferson will become the 18th president of Roxbury Community College (RCC), effective July 1. Dr. Jonathan K. Jefferson “I am excited to collaborate with the Board of Trustees, faculty, staff, students, and the broader community to shape this esteemed institution's next chapter of success,” said Jefferson, whose unanimous board nomination was recently approved by the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education.

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How Student Loan Borrowers Can Use IDR Sensitive Investing to Earn More After Taxes

Student Loan Planner

When asked for a simple answer on how to invest, I suggest 50% in Vanguard’s Total Stock Market Index Fund (VTSAX) and 50% in Vanguard’s Total International Index Fund (VTIAX). While that’s a perfectly reasonable allocation, it doesn’t fully account for the higher taxes that student loan borrowers pay on investments. What do I mean… The post How Student Loan Borrowers Can Use IDR Sensitive Investing to Earn More After Taxes appeared first on Student Loan Planner.

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Unlocking Potential: Find the Perfect Financial Aid Solution for Your K-12 Private School

School & Student Services by Community Brands

Author: Nettie Reynolds Financial aid (FA) does more than just make private schools accessible. A diverse student body enriches the learning experience for everyone. Students from different backgrounds bring unique perspectives and experiences to the classroom, fostering a richer learning environment that benefits all. But offering financial aid is only half the battle.

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Silent Sufferers: Combating Loneliness in College Students Requires Campus-wide Collaboration

Timely MD

College is a pivotal time of self-discovery; however, the transition into higher education is a major life upheaval, and one that leaves some students struggling to navigate. For many, it’s the first time living away from home, navigating an entirely new social landscape and coping with academic pressures independently. All of these changes, coupled with the pressure to perform academically, be financially stable and future-focused, often exacerbate anxiety, depression and stress.

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Research Finds that Higher Ed is Responsive to Labor Markets

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

A new study finds that colleges and universities are responding to changing labor market needs. Dr. Kevin Stange " Skills, Majors, and Jobs: Does Higher Education Respond? ” is the most recent study by the W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research and part of a multiyear research project led by Dr. Kevin Stange, co-director of the University of Michigan's Education Policy Initiative.

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Music and Brain Health

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach

A growing body of research suggests that music may be more than just entertaining but is also health-promoting and helps manage certain disease symptoms. Performing or listening to music activates the parts of the brain involved in sensation, movement, thinking, and emotions. By engaging our brains in this way, music can evoke emotional reactions and memories, promote social bonds, and even changes our brain’s physical structure.

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Secretary Cardona Announces Federal Student Aid Overhaul to Improve User Experience

College Aid Services

The Secretary of Education sent a letter to staff members regarding the future of Federal Student Aid (FSA) in light of the challenges facing the 2024-25 FAFSA application and the departure of the Chief Operating Officer Richard Cordray later this month. Amid heavy criticism of the Better FAFSA rollout, the Department plans to overhaul the… More » Secretary Cardona Announces Federal Student Aid Overhaul to Improve User Experience The post Secretary Cardona Announces Federal Student Aid Ove

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The Five Apology Languages

CAMPUSPEAK

Many of us have heard of The Five Love Languages (and if you haven’t—no worries!) A quick review: there’s Words… The post The Five Apology Languages appeared first on CAMPUSPEAK.

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Number of Some College, No Credential Students Continues to Increase

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

While more students with some college, no credential (SCNC) re-enrolled in educational programs this year than last year, there are still 36.8 million Americans under the age of 65 without credentials, despite attending a postsecondary institution. “That’s an increase of 2.9%, or about one million learners, within the last year,” said Dr. Doug Shapiro, research and executive director at the National Student Clearinghouse (NSC) Research Center, which gathers data on postsecondary institutions i

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PSLF is Transitioning from MOHELA to StudentAid.gov: What To Expect

Student Loan Planner

The federal government is officially taking over the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program. Borrowers can expect a temporary pause in PSLF processing from May to June 2024 while all information is moved from the MOHELA website to StudentAid.gov. After the PSLF transition is complete, you’ll be able to easily track your PSLF progress in… The post PSLF is Transitioning from MOHELA to StudentAid.gov: What To Expect appeared first on Student Loan Planner.

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New Title IX Final Rules Published

HEAG

Although the implementation of Title IX rules on campus may not directly impact the day-to-day responsibilities of your job, lack of compliance will result in the loss of federal funding, so read on to understand the changes coming and share … Read more ».

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Big, big, trouble!

The Advisor That Cares

Well, well, well… here we are – Six months later and I’ve become exactly what I never wanted to be… a eportfolio drop out. I swore I would be the exception to the rule and wouldn’t stop using my portfolio once I graduated. Yet… here I am. What I am finding is that I stopped finding ways to make my portfolio work for me.

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Cardona Calls for FSA Changes, But Experts Say the Damage is Done

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

It’s been a year of missteps, miscalculations, confusion, delays, glitches, and frustration after the botched launch of the simplified FAFSA, which has prevented financial aid packages from being awarded to students with ample time to make plans for their future. Last week, Secretary of Education Dr. Miguel A. Cardona released a letter to Federal Student Aid (FSA) staff which acknowledged the errors made and a need for departmental modernization, which he outlined in an eight-point plan.

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A First Gen’s Guide to Studying Abroad

I'm First!

Okay, okay, I know I said in my last blog post that I wouldn’t post anything until the fall, but I couldn’t hint at my study abroad experience throughout several blog posts this semester and not talk about it!

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10 Creative Ways to Cover Your College Costs

CFAA College Financial Aid Advisors

Navigating the financial hurdles of college can be daunting, but there are numerous creative strategies to help ease the burden. From scholarships to unconventional gigs, there’s options available to resourceful students (and their families). I know that closing the gap between what aid is being offered and what your family can provide can feel tricky.

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Fall Conference Save the Date

WACADA

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CHRISTOPHER M. SPAN

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

Dr. Christopher M. Span Christopher M. Span has been appointed dean for the Graduate School of Education at Rutgers University–New Brunswick. He served as a professor in the Department of Education Policy, Organization and Leadership at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he holds a doctoral degree.

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Navigating Academics in College: Advice for Incoming Students

I'm First!

As incoming students prepare to embark on their college journey, the question of academic preparedness can be quite scary to think about for all students. Will you be ready for the challenges ahead? Drawing from personal experience, here are some insights and advice for those stepping into the world of higher education.

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What is wrong with me?

Student Minds

Hannah shares their experience of loneliness during university and since graduating. They discuss the stigma associated with loneliness and share their journey of self-acceptance. - Hannah How do I share that I’m lonely? How can I be lonely as a young person? What is wrong with me? These are all questions I asked myself persistently both during and after university.

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160,000 Borrowers Just Got Their Loans Forgiven: Could You Be Next?

Student Loan Planner

The Biden administration approved $7.7 billion in targeted student loan forgiveness last week for more than 160,000 borrowers. This represents the latest batch of debt relief approvals under several different initiatives and comes as officials work on finalizing plans for a new loan forgiveness program. “Another 160,000 borrowers and their families will get some much-needed… The post 160,000 Borrowers Just Got Their Loans Forgiven: Could You Be Next?

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Columbia College Eliminates Vacancies After Faculty Cuts

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

Columbia College Chicago has laid off 70 faculty and staff members with plans to remove 32 vacant positions to address financial concerns amid declining enrollment numbers. The announcement tops mounting troubles for the college, whose budget deficit is expected to grow to $38 million. Columbia College President and CEO Dr. Kwang-Wu Kim recently announced plans to step down July 1.

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