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The true cost of higher education

December, 2015
A new book by Melinda Lewis and William Elliott shows how current aid models contribute to inequality, and discusses a number of promising alternatives.

Higher education is supposed to be a critical first step on the ladder that leads to economic mobility. But William Elliott and Melinda Lewis say that students often leave school with debilitating debt that delays or even prevents any upward climb on that ladder.

Cohort-based budget planning for financial aid

December, 2015
Mary Piccioli is an enrollment management consultant at Scannell & Kurz.

With freshman discount rates once again on the rise, it will be more important than ever for institutions to review whether their methodologies for developing a budget for financial aid are sufficiently robust.

Using a cohort-based budget approach is critical for understanding the implications of replacing a “cheaper” senior class with a more heavily discounted freshman class.

Free community college movement gains momentum

December, 2015
The Oregon Promise program is similar to Tennessee Promise, which launched in fall 2015.

Oregon’s 17 community colleges expect a jump in fall 2016 enrollment, when the first group of eligible students takes advantage of the state’s new free tuition plan created this summer. The program is modeled after the groundbreaking Tennessee Promise initiative that enrolled its first students this year.

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Unified campus financial system brings order to previously scattered processes

December, 2015
TouchNet’s U.Commerce allows Weber State University to accept and manage payments from anywhere, anytime

In the past, Weber State University processed payments according to what was purchased and where. So basketball tickets went through one system, bookstore purchases went through another, and lab fees still another.

Excellent service differentiates financial provider at New York institution

December, 2015
SUNY Broome partners with Higher One to offer all electronic payment services through one system

Meeting the needs of every student at SUNY Broome is a critical part of the upstate New York institution’s mission. And when a large portion of the 7,000-student population is made up of first-generation and non-traditional students, meeting their needs requires paying particular attention to campus finances.

Automated payment plans put the emphasis on planning

December, 2015
Columbia College Chicago uses Nelnet Business Solutions to dramatically improve on-time tuition payments (Photo cred: Phil Dembinski)

Student success is the number one goal at Columbia College Chicago. When an increasing number of students were delaying that success because of financial challenges, administrators took action.

EMV transforms payment security: What this means for colleges and universities

November, 2015
Don Smith

From tuition payments at the bursar’s office to book
purchases at the campus store, there is frequent credit
card and debit card activity at higher ed institutions. And a
big change in the world of card-based payments has come
about in the form of EMV.