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  • Inside Higher Ed highlights a new analysis by Strada and Gallup released today showing that students who have a good job upon graduation earn more money immediately after graduating and in the long-term scope of their careers than students who take between two and 12 months to secure a good job.

  •  Vermont Student Assistance Corp. (VSAC) announced that it pulled out the stops for GEAR UP Week, September 17-24, at 20 schools across Vermont. Students joined in special activities and programs as part of VSAC’s GEAR UP college-access program, including a two-day STEM fair, Montshire Museum’s Pop-Up Science program, performances by A2VT, Hunter Paye, Patrick Ross, and appearances by motivational speakers Sebastian Terry and Ed Gerety.

  • The Postsecondary National Policy Institute recently announced the launch of its 2018 Leadership Development Program for senior decision-makers in the higher education policy space. Premised on the belief that leadership can be developed, strong leaders impact organizational health, and strong sectors are led by strong organizations, the program provides participants with the skills and community needed to further advance their leadership potential. The initial cohort of ten leaders, which includes NCHER President James Bergeron, was selected through a highly competitive application process and represents a range of organizations across government and the non-profit and advocacy sectors.

  •  Vermont Biz reports that Vermont Student Assistance Corp. will offer free workshops at local high schools beginning in early October through November to help families fill out financial aid forms. These informal workshops offer guidance on filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the Vermont State Grant application.

  • The NHHEAF Network Organizations’ Center for College Planning announced that it will assist New Hampshire families with completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid in their Concord office. As part of these free, individual counseling appointments, college counselors will also provide assistance in understanding postsecondary financing options beyond federal and institutional aid.

  •  Student Loan Hero discloses that 12 companies that provide student loan assistance are currently hiring, including CommonBond and SoFi.

  • A new video from Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) makes the case for filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. “As tuition costs continue to skyrocket, it is more important than ever to know what help is available to pay for college. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid – commonly known as the FAFSA – is the key to securing financial aid,” Sen. Sanders said. His video is part of an ambitious get-the-word-out campaign from Vermont Student Assistance Corp. and statewide partners, including the Agency of Education, University of Vermont, Vermont State Colleges System, and Vermont Principals’ Association.

  • The U.S. Department of Education recently released the Fiscal Year 2015 Cohort Default Rate (CDR) for student loan lenders, loan holders, and guaranty agencies participating in the Federal Family Education Loan Program. Comprehensive default aversion activities placed New Hampshire Higher Education Assistance Foundation (NHHEAF) as the lowest three-year CDR in the nation at 3.1 percent. This marks the second consecutive year that NHHEAF has led the nation’s 24 guaranty agencies with the lowest CDR. The Three-Year National Average Cohort Default Rate fell from 11.5 percent for Fiscal Year 2014 to 10.8 percent for Fiscal Year 2015.

  •  WCAX News Channel 3 reports that the Vermont Student Assistance Corporation (VSAC) is receiving $31 million over seven years for the GEAR UP program, which provides counseling, scholarships, and other assistance to help students prepare for college. VSAC says Vermont’s Congressional delegation worked to secure the funding, which is only going to six states.

  • The Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) announced a new student loan program for Pennsylvania students who need help paying for college after exhausting their eligibility for gift aid, such as the PA State Grant Program, and low-cost federal student loans. The PA Forward Student Loan Program is a borrower-friendly suite of low-cost alternative student loans that will be available to Pennsylvania borrowers, beginning with the 2019-20 academic year.

  • Anthony Noto, Chief Executive Officer of SoFi, sits down with CNBC’s Leslie Picker to discuss rising interest rates, building customer relationship, and the student loan debt crisis.

  • Inceptia has released The State of Student Finances 2018: Results from a Multiyear Assessment. Presenting results gathered from 20 months of data, this research brief provides insight from over 60,000 students concerning their everyday financial habits and capabilities.

  • VTDigger reports that research from the Vermont Student Assistance Corporation finds that Vermont spends less per-pupil on higher education than any other state in the country. The result are some of the highest tuition costs at public colleges in the United States. The data also shows that Vermonters have some of the lowest college-going rates in New England, with only about 60 percent of high school graduates in 2014 enrolling in a two- or four-year school.

  • The Florida Department of Education has advertised an invitation to negotiate, ITN 2019-64 Federal Family Education Loan Program Administration, on the Florida Vendor Bid System. To view or download the invitation to negotiate details, specifications, and procurement requirements, visit the My Florida website.

  • College Ave Student Loans, a leading student loan fintech lender, and CU REVL LLC, a Texas-based credit union service organization, announced that they have joined forces on a referral program that enables credit unions to offer members competitive student loan and student loan refinance products to support postsecondary education.

  • The NHHEAF Network Organizations’ Center for College Planning (CCP) announced it is kicking off the 2018 statewide campaign kick-off for “I Am College Bound/I Applied”, an initiative to increase the number of first-generation and low-income students pursuing a college degree or other higher education credential.

  • Vermont Student Assistance Corporation joined the Office of the Vermont Attorney General to “warn Vermonters about scams involving student loans.”

  • CommonBond has teamed up with Fifth Third Bank up to help students and graduates reduce and refinance their student loan debt.

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