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Early Financial Aid Letters Shake Up College Decisions

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By Beth Pinsker NEW YORK (Reuters) – The road to college has turned into an autobahn for some high school seniors this year. While the official deadline for making a college decision is May 1, thousands of students across the United States already have been admitted to the schools of their choice. Many also have received financial aid offers, thanks to a new timetable from the Department of Education, which moved up the start date for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to Oct. 1 from Jan. 1. Yet making an educated decision about which school to attend…

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Preteens Who Mistrust Less Likely to Reach College

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By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) – Students of color who perceive biased treatment from middle school teachers may be less likely to attend college than if they trusted instructors to treat them fairly, a small study suggests. “We don’t think the discrimination and bias, by itself, had this effect,” said…

Three Big Ideas to Make It Easier to Save for College

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By Beth Pinsker NEW YORK (Reuters) – Surveys regularly find that Americans have no idea what a 529 college savings plan is, so a little tinkering under the hood is definitely needed. For more than 20 years, families have been able to save in these dedicated investment accounts, with the…

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