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  • In a recent Twitter poll by USA TODAY on behalf of College Ave Student Loans, 42 percent of participants said that their largest source of college financing would come from family income and savings. At face value, this seems to be good news. Maybe families are saving more, the poll suggests, with “family income and savings” reigning over “student loans” (33 percent), “scholarships and grants” (21 percent), or “credit cards and other loans” (4 percent). But there is a flip side: The poll also suggests that almost half of participants surveyed, numbering 3,008 in total, have not saved enough to cover their children’s college education in its entirety. 

  • High school students who will be seniors in the fall of 2019 are encouraged to prepare for the college admissions process by enrolling in a four-hour Summer Boot Camp workshop this summer. The workshops—College Applications and College Essay—are offered by The NHHEAF Network Organizations

  •  ConServe announced it donated to the Habitat for Humanity Buffalo, Flower City Habitat for Humanity, Willow Center, and the Haven House during the month of May. The company-wide Jeans for Charity program allows both employees and the organization to support a wide range of community investment efforts, thereby engaging and inspiring employees while also reinforcing ConServe’s mission to ‘improve the human condition.’  

  • A survey by College Ave Student Loans finds that families are on the right track when it comes to paying for college: overall, students are more likely to rely on merit aid than borrowing. The top five sources that families use to pay for college include scholarships and grants (64 percent), parent income and savings (50 percent), federal student loans (43 percent), student savings and income (37 percent), and private student loans (12 percent). 

  • A new report by the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center finds that, in spring 2019, overall postsecondary enrollments decreased 1.7 percent, or nearly 300,000 students, from the previous spring. For additional coverage, see this article from Inside Higher Ed.

  • The NHHEAF Network Organizations announced that 12 current college students from New Hampshire were awarded a College Equals Opportunity (CEO) scholarship at a recognition breakfast. During the breakfast, the Organizations, along with New Hampshire business leaders, awarded $5,000 scholarships to rising college juniors and seniors, each who has demonstrated outstanding leadership abilities, a commitment to civic engagement, and academic excellence. Since its inception in 2004, the CEO program has awarded $460,000 in scholarships to 113 college students from New Hampshire.

  • AccessLex Institute released a report titled, Examining Graduate Lending: Access vs. Private Lending, which is the second of its two-part series on graduate lending. The report uses federal data to show that black borrowers and Historically Black Colleges and Universities would likely be severely harmed by a move to significantly limit or outright eliminate federal lending to graduate and professional students.

  • Trellis Company is looking for an Information Security Officer who will be responsible for the development and delivery of a comprehensive information security and privacy program for the entire organization. This individual will ensure the program includes assurance that information created, acquired, or maintained by the organization, and its authorized users, is used in accordance with its intended purpose; to protect organization information and its infrastructure from external or internal threats; and to assure that the organization complies with statutory and regulatory requirements regarding information access, security, and privacy. Trellis Company is a nonprofit corporation with the dual mission of helping student borrowers repay their education loans and promoting access in higher education. More information can be found on the Trellis website. If you have questions, contact Linda Hackleman at Linda.Hackleman@trelliscompany.org.

  • The Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency is warning students and borrowers to be wary of financial aid scams that could expose them to identity theft and significant financial loss, according to a recent article.

  • The Vermont Student Assistance Corporation announced it will provide college savings account for 18 babies born on May 29, 2019.

  • The NHHEAF Network Organizations announced that Erik Sobel has been named as the Vice President of Information Services. In this capacity, Mr. Sobel is responsible for the development, implementation, and management of all information systems and security policies for the Organizations.

  • The Missouri Department of Higher Education announced it is partnering with the Missouri Veterans Commission and the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to join a nationwide movement celebrating the impact of the educational benefits available through the GI Bill. During June, the MDHE will share stories on social media of veterans who used the GI Bill with the hashtag #myGIBillstory to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Servicemen’s Readjustment Act of 1944.

  • The Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency recently announced that it contributed nearly $33 million to fund PA-TIP Awards for the state’s students.

  • Last week, the NHHEAF Network Organizations announced that the NHHEAF Network Cares charitable giving program donated $1,000 to New Hampshire Supports Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation. 

  • Vermont Business Magazine reports that nearly 300 Vermonters will be able to upskill their careers over the next 12 months, thanks to a one-time appropriation of $500,000 in the state budget to the Vermont Student Assistance Corp. The nondegree grant program – newly renamed the Advancement Grant Program – provides adults with the opportunity to pursue training and credential programs that build the job skills for a variety of industries and occupations. The additional funding represents a 25 percent increase in the program.
  • Trellis Company’s annual Student Financial Wellness Survey finds that students face a number of financial stressors that can impact their ability to stay in school and ultimately graduate.  

  • Vermont Business Magazine writes that the Vermont Student Assistance Corp. is giving over $1.3 million in interest rebates to borrowers this year, part of its “borrower benefits” program that has saved students $181 million in loan costs since 1995.

  • ConServe announced that for the month of June, it directed the donations from the Jeans For Charity program to the Ronald McDonald House Charities and Upstate New York Transplant Services that support the Buffalo and Rochester areas, providing vital services to those in need. Through the company’s Jeans for Charity program, employees are provided with the opportunity to “give back” to their local communities by donating to a diverse group of organizations throughout the year.  

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