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In your experience, how common is it for financial aid offices to push in to classrooms with messages to students about financial aid, managing student loan debt, and personal finance—and what may be holding them back from doing this more? 

Many colleges and universities are ramping up their efforts to teach students how to manage loan payments and other expenses.

Wendy B. Libby is president of Stetson University.

College tuition has been growing at roughly double the rate of inflation for decades. At last, the trend of annual tuition hikes appears to be cresting.

Some higher ed administrators may be surprised to learn that women hold two-thirds of the nation’s $1.3 trillion in student debt.

Teletherapy has been around for more than two decades and can be delivered through videoconferencing, phone or online messaging. (Gettyimages.com: sjenner13).

Here’s what campus administrators need to know about virtual behavioral health services and how to implement them.

Learning benefits aside, undergraduate research serves as a recruiting and retention tool, and also is a way to bring in tuition and grant revenue.

Source: National Behavioral Intervention  Team Association; 2015 survey

After the Virginia Tech tragedy, colleges began to build teams of administrators and faculty to better recognize and support distraught individuals on campus.

Half of community college students report transferring as a goal but have never taken advantage of transfer advising, says a 2018 national report.

Students at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center now receive mental health counseling from the office of Student Academic Support Services and Inclusion.

TRAVEL BENEFIT—Assumption College (above) and other institutions are offering their students discounted rides with services such as Uber.

Discounted Lyft and Uber rides present a transportation alternative for students on a growing number of campuses large and small.

Rogue spending—buying outside a purchasing contract—can be an issue at colleges large and small. Here’s how the small college pros rein it in.

Help spenders put a face to your name. This is easier at smaller colleges, says Karen Khattari, director of general services and procurement at Cedar Crest College. “Everybody knows me, and I know them.” That leads to more control and better accountability.

While many regional consortia use the collective power of members to negotiate purchasing contracts with volume discounts, it can pay to think beyond neighboring colleges when looking at this cost-saving solution.

That’s what the 19 members of the LAMP Consortium did when they joined colleges from around the country to get affordable access to Sakai, a popular open-source learning management system.

What is the biggest key to success with campus store promotions, and what is the biggest challenge in executing them?

Philip DiStefano is chancellor of the University of Colorado Boulder and board member of the Association of American Universities.

We are gambling with our nation’s future by pricing its brightest young minds out of higher education. The divestment in public higher education has resulted in infinitely rising tuition and fees far outpacing inflation.

Here are four strategies to successfully address and manage special dietary needs on campus.

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