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Busting the Myths about Private Colleges


NAICU debunks the major myths surrounding private nonprofit colleges and universities. Visit 9myths.org to get the facts!

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Why getting into college isn't that hard

CBS, Moneywatch

September 23, 2014

A new Gallup survey reveals a dramatic disconnect between reality and one of the biggest fears that parents and teenagers experience in the college admission process. Media coverage has convinced many families that it has become extremely difficult to get into the vast majority of colleges and universities. The Gallup survey clearly shows that this is untrue.Read More


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Art Schools Work to Erase Image of Graduates as ‘Starving Artists’

Chronicle of Higher Education

September 23, 2014

Higher education can’t escape the debate about a degree’s return on investment. Increasingly, colleges of all types feel pressure to show that four years of tuition payments will lead to decent salaries and viable careers. While classics and philosophy present a challenge, ceramics and painting are another altogether, one that art schools must meet to remain vital.Read More


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Low-Income Students Often Miss Out on Federal Work-Study Funds

Chronicle of Higher Education

September 22, 2014

A recent report suggests that the federal work-study program should be revamped to focus more on low-income students and to provide jobs that relate to a student’s course of study. “These are the schools that are serving low-income populations, and so these are the ones that should be rewarded,” said Reid Setzer, one of the report’s authors.Read More


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Harvard Is Better at Admitting Low-Income Students Than the University of Wisconsin

Vox

September 18, 2014

The underrepresentation of low-income students should be particularly troubling at public universities for two reasons. First, while the admissions process is still competitive, many public universities accept a higher proportion of their applicants than the most elite private colleges. Yale accepted 6 percent of its applicants last year; Wisconsin accepted more than half.

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Time to Stop the Sob Stories About Student Loan Debt

Forbes - Commentary

September 18, 2014

Jeffrey Dorfman writes: The New York Times informed its readers last week that there are now two million people over 60 years old that still have student loan debt, with an average loan balance of $21,000. To put this report in context, those two million seniors represent only three percent of all people in that age bracket and the average balance of $21,000 is only 78 percent of the size of the average car loan ($27,000). Assumedly many more than three percent of Americans over the age of 60 have car loans, yet nobody thinks that is a crisis.

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Why the Government Won't Let Colleges Reduce Tuition

American.com

September 17, 2014

Most people think that college tuition is too high, and many presidents of private colleges agree with that sentiment and would like to cut their tuition. However, they cannot legally do so, at least not in a way that would be beneficial for them — which would be for a large group of private colleges to jointly reduce tuition.

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