Economy

College Gains Peace of Mind While Students Receive Faster Refunds

Advantages of partnering over building pay off as a pioneering college eliminates risks associated with e-refunds.

Blinn College has been in the business of educating students since 1883, a point of pride for its administrators. Even as it honors its pioneering roots, the college also has evolved to meet the needs of students. Founded initially to train young men for the ministry, Blinn became the first county-owned junior college in Texas and one of the largest of the state’s 50 community/junior college districts.

Welcome to STREAMLINED

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Welcome to the third Streamlined of 2009! My colleagues and I are proud to continue this series of publications designed to inform college and university administrators about new and innovative methods of streamlining business office operations.

When Is a College Not a College?

 

THAT HEADLINE ISN’T A RIDDLE. Maybe a better question is, should there be guidelines as to what the word “college” means?

AES Upromise Program Helps Students Pay Off Their Loans

It's Everyday Life. And it's paying for college.
 

A tedious two-week refund process gets cut to one day at a California college

At Antelope Valley College, a new approach to issuing financial aid refunds becomes an instant success for administrators and students

Until last January, issuing financial aid refunds at Antelope Valley College was a long, tedious process. Instruction files were sent from the school to a remote district office, which printed checks and sent them back to the school to be stuffed into envelopes and mailed to students.

It was a time-consuming and costly procedure, explained Sherrie Padilla, director of financial aid at the community college, located in Lancaster, Calif. “We needed to investigate other ways to disburse refunds to students,” she said.

The card gives me more pride for my school.

Russ Gerry, a senior at Dowling, serves on the Student Government Association as vice president of finance.

It’s not easy to get to a bank, especially forstudents without cars. A shuttle stops at the local strip mall but there’s only one bank, so if that’s not your bank you can’t cash your check. That problem is gone with refunds going right into our OneAccounts.

Tired of refund checks 'lost in the mail," an Iowa college goes all-electronic

Des Moines Area Community College brings Higher One's OneDisburse "Refund Management' to its 27,000 students

When it came time to mail financial aid refund checks at Des Moines Area Community College each semester, officials always worried about how many of those checks the post office would return as undeliverable. With nearly 27,000 students attending more than 3,000 classes on six campuses, it was inevitable that many of those students would have forgotten to inform the school of a new address.

The card gives me more pride for my school.

Russ Gerry, a senior at Dowling, serves on the Student Government Association as vice president of finance.

It’s not easy to get to a bank, especially for students without cars. A shuttle stops at the local strip mall but there’s only one bank, so if that’s not your bank you can’t cash your check. That problem is gone with refunds going right into our OneAccounts.

In just three months, a revolution in distributing financial aid refunds

Using Higher One's OneDisburse "Refund Management" system, Wilmington University responds to student pleas for electronic refunds
 

Wilmington University’s open admissions policy, flexible scheduling and 11 locations in Delaware and New Jersey are fundamental to its mission of offering careeroriented undergraduate and graduate degree programs for a diverse range of traditional and nontraditional students.

Building the Long-Term Value of Assets

Why it's an opportune time for colleges and universities to rethink physical space

THE NEWS COMING OUT OF higher education these days can seem like an endless stream of updates on shrinking endowments, rising tuition costs, and across-the-board budget cuts. The recession is hitting higher education hard; it seems no one is being spared.

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