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Fewer students fill out FAFSA, enroll in college since pandemic began

Jul 21, 2021
The National College Attainment Network estimates that about 270,000 fewer high school seniors have filled out the FAFSA since 2019.
People mill about on the City University of New York campus. During the pandemic, the number of FAFSA applicants dropped, which means fewer eligible could students receive grants and loans.
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Are short-term job training programs worth it?

Jul 6, 2021
Boot camps and certificate programs have a mixed track record when it comes to getting people jobs that pay well.
Boot camps, certificates and other short-term programs have a mixed track record when it comes to getting people jobs that pay well, though they may be a solution for some looking to reenter the workforce.
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School starts a Native American studies program amid reckoning over racial injustice

Apr 22, 2021
The University of Miami is moving to address a gap: "We have no Indigenous perspectives on our campus," one professor said.
The University of Miami is on ancestral lands of Indigenous people, including the Seminole. Above: A Seminole family displays their pottery outside their home in the Florida Everglades in 1974.
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Some college buildings are vaccination sites, but most faculty, students aren't eligible yet

Feb 24, 2021
Distribution of vaccines on campuses has sparked debate about whether students and faculty should be getting the shots.
Taylor Davis, 61, teaches at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. She said college professors should be able to get the COVID-19 vaccine once K-12 teachers are eligible. “I am more concerned about what an 18-year-old is going to do in their social time than I am a fifth grader,” she said.
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Liberal arts colleges look to career and tech education to bolster enrollment

Feb 2, 2021
With the number of high school graduates expected to shrink in New England and a shortage of people in tech, colleges see an opportunity.
Claudia Cabrera, who is taking advanced manufacturing courses at Stonehill College in Easton, Massachusetts, says someday she wants to help make robots.
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Community colleges hit hard by the pandemic

Jan 25, 2021
The steep decline in enrollment during the past academic year could affect the budgets of these schools for years to come.
Steep declines in both enrollment numbers and state budgets are hurting community colleges.
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Momentum builds for Biden to cancel student loan debt

Marketplace senior economics contributor Chris Farrell thinks it's become a matter of when and how much debt will be canceled.
How much student loan debt might the Biden administration cancel? Marketplace senior economics contributor Chris Farrell says people are coalescing around the idea of $10,000.
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Pandemic makes Public Service Loan Forgiveness more difficult

Dec 9, 2020
For people pursuing student loan forgiveness, getting laid off means they're no longer able to make qualifying payments for PSLF.
Nearly 25% of people with student loans working in nonprofits or public service have had a significant change in their work situation during the pandemic, according to a recent survey from TIAA.
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The pandemic is creating a new kind of community among deferred students

Dec 1, 2020
These students are fostering friendships and study groups without school.
A quiet MIT campus in July. The coronavirus pandemic is giving many students a reason to defer their school admissions.
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College admissions is a business, and the pandemic could upend it

Oct 5, 2020
In his new book, Jeff Selingo looks at how some colleges must compete for applicants, and why the COVID-19 pandemic could make this competition even tighter.
A student moving into the University of Colorado Boulder on Aug. 18, 2020.
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