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"U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisconsin) has introduced legislation to boost workforce readiness by expanding apprenticeship programs and investing in public-private partnerships," Community College Daily reports.

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"New York State's Excelsior Scholarship program has already begun to make its mark at some of the Rochester area's public colleges," the Rochester Business Journal reports.

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"The biggest economic challenge of our time is that too many people are in jobs that do not pay them enough to live on. Too often, they lack the skills and experience to access better jobs and earn family-sustaining wages," Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) writes in an opinion piece for The Hill.

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Americans' feelings toward higher education vary widely across political affiliations, with Republicans' attitudes souring in recent years. But a new survey from Gallup claims the negative views stem more from the nation's politically charged environment and less from the cost or operations of colleges in the United States.

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Colleges will now have until February 2018 to file appeals of their graduates’ earnings data under the gainful employment (GE) rule, according to an announcement released by the Department of Education (ED) on Thursday.

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Financial aid administrators are responsible for the administration of various aspects of financial assistance programs, and believe in the value of professional standards for the industry. In an article in the latest issue of the NASFAA's Journal of Student Financial Aid, Stacey A. Peterson examines the need for, benefits of, and level of support for certification or credentialing for financial aid practitioners. Data show that a majority of financial aid professionals agree with the need for basic core standards and that professionalization would increase the stature of and respect for the occupation. Read the full article and others in the latest issue of JSFA.

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"When Anna Neuman was applying to college, there weren't a lot of people around to help her. ... The only thing her parents told her was, she'd have to pay for it herself," NPR reports. "Neuman's experience isn't isolated: Nearly one in four high-achieving, low-income students apply to college completely on their own, according to a new report by the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation (which is a financial supporter of NPR)."

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"When she was a senior at Thurgood Marshall Academy in Washington, D.C., Faith Hudson’s school called a special assembly. She didn’t think much of it; visitors often came by for panels and to learn more about the small public charter school in Southeast D.C.," Diverse: Issues in Higher Education reports.

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"The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is seeking a proposed settlement against Aequitas Capital Management for assisting Corinthian Colleges with providing private loans to its students," Inside Higher Ed reports.

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“The Minnesota Association of Financial Aid Administrators (MAFAA) is an association of professionals committed to the principle that no one should be denied access to higher education for financial reasons.”