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Brenda Brooks dropped out of college 40 years ago. Federal rules mean she can’t afford to go back.

Brenda Brooks dropped out of college 40 years ago. Federal rules mean she can’t afford to go back.

Source: WBEZ Chicago
Lately, Englewood native Brenda Brooks has had a tough time finding work. The 60-year-old has decades of experience at CVS and the historic Regal Theater in Avalon Park. But recently, prospective employers have told her, “ ‘You have the qualifications, but this requires you to have a degree,’ ” she said. “And I don’t have…
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Idaho Scholarship Program a Boon for Students and State

Idaho Scholarship Program a Boon for Students and State

Source: Inside Higher Ed
A new workforce development scholarship program in Idaho is generating more interest than originally projected, and state officials say the response reflects the demand for education and training needed to fill jobs in the region and an opportunity to get and keep young people employed in the state. The LAUNCH program offers Idaho high school gr...
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Bipartisan Progress on Pell Grant Expansion, but Hurdles Remain

Bipartisan Progress on Pell Grant Expansion, but Hurdles Remain

Source: Inside Higher Ed
As Congress gears up to head home for the holiday season, proponents who have hoped to see a breakthrough on the long-running issue of expanding Pell Grants to career-training programs lasting fewer than 15 weeks have received an early gift—a bipartisan deal in the House. Key lawmakers in both parties have wrangled for years over the expansion,...
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Declare Yourself Independent for Financial Aid

Declare Yourself Independent for Financial Aid

Source: U.S. News & World Report
Before filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, applicants must first determine their dependency status – which dictates whose information needs to be submitted on the form. An undergraduate student can’t simply choose to file as an independent on the FAFSA, the application that most schools use to determine fin...
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The Hidden Financial Aid Hurdle Derailing College Students

The Hidden Financial Aid Hurdle Derailing College Students

Source: The Hechinger Report
At 19, Elizabeth Clews knew attending community college while balancing a full-time job and caring for a newborn would be hard. But she wanted to give it a shot. After a few months, the single mom, who had just exited the foster care system, realized she wasn’t doing well enough to pass her classes at…
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Proposed Welfare Rule Change May Alter State Scholarship Funding Practices

Proposed Welfare Rule Change May Alter State Scholarship Funding Practices

Source: Inside Higher Ed
Colleges and universities in at least eight states could lose a total of between $970 million and $1.3 billion in scholarship funding under a new rule proposed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The states have been misusing funds from the federal welfare program Temporary Assistance for Needy Families that were intended to h...
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‘Modernizing Postsecondary Policy to Better Support Adult Learners’: A Special Report

‘Modernizing Postsecondary Policy to Better Support Adult Learners’: A Special Report

Source: Inside Higher Ed
Inside Higher Ed published a new special report, “Modernizing Postsecondary Policy to Better Support Adult Learners,” with insight provided by HLA’s Julie Peller, executive director, and Amy Ellen Duke-Benfield, managing director of policy and research. This free, print-on-demand report explores how current federal and state policies can ...
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Funding for College-Completion Program at Risk in Federal Budget

Funding for College-Completion Program at Risk in Federal Budget

Source: Inside Higher Ed
Fourteen thousand students dropped out of the Austin Community College District in Texas during the last two academic years. But the institution of more than 36,000 students has a plan to get some of them back. Supported by a $770,765 Education Department grant, that plan involves reaching out to students and connecting them with career…
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