Tag Archives: College Access

Caveat Emptor

Now that Christmas is over, the real shopping begins. Parents are taking down trees and putting away holiday decorations and facing credit card bills, but the real bills are in the mail. College acceptance letters begin to arrive in the next 60 days. Parents will beam with pride as their offspring are accepted to their […]

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Parents and Financial Aid

My neighbor has two teenage kids. One is a sophomore at a UC campus and the other is a senior at a large public charter high school. Over the years, we’ve talked about college stuff since her kids are college-aged and she knows that I work in higher ed. Mostly, she asks a lot of […]

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The Folly of Unintended Consequences

As negotiated rule-making continues around the country in anticipation of new rules to enforce provisions of the Higher Education Reauthorization and Opportunity Act (HEA), I wanted to remind rule makers of how good, thoughtful regulation can lead to disaster. First, I want to remind the that this is a particularly troublesome time in the financial […]

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On Knowing

Audience matters. At times I find myself talking with an individual or group who is not familiar with the literature and what many of us take as commonplace they find remarkable. Some years ago, for example, I spoke with a group of administrators who were working in for-profit institutions. They were surprised that there was […]

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College Choice: It Matters

Earlier this year, the Pullias Center for Higher Education held its annual SummerTIME program (Tools, Information, Motivation, Education). Before SummerTIME began, I blogged about the compulsory financial aid counseling appointments with SummerTIME students. Specifically, I discussed how I was anticipating about 75% of students having an issue-free financial aid offer, 20% having issues that could […]

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The University of California Is Tops

Yes, I know that I’m writing on a USC-hosted blog. And, yes, I know that I’m a USC alumna. I’m also an alumna of UCLA. I worked at UCLA for 10 years, both as a part-time student worker and a full-time staff member. For good measure, I’m a second-generation Californian. So, when California public higher […]

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Undocumented and Unwanted: Attending College Against the Odds

Late last year, LFB Scholarly Publishing approached me regarding publishing my dissertation in their series, The New Americans, edited by Steven J. Gold and Ruben G. Rumbaut. I was honored and excited at the opportunity to share the stories of nine undocumented immigrant college students with a larger audience. I devoted every weekend of winter […]

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Securing a Fall Admission Offer in the Middle of the Summer

Last month, I blogged about what to do if you are coming up short on money for the upcoming school year. I ended the blog explaining that a minority of students will have to accept the fact that maybe their plans of attending University X in the fall are not going to pan out. Here […]

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Examining Financial Aid III

Setting USC’s financial aid policy for the future We now offer more financial aid than any other institution in the country. Our merit aid also dwarfs every other institution. I have pointed out how confusing these simple numbers can be. I appreciate that USC’s propaganda office is designed to make us look good, but I […]

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Summer Financial Aid Problem Solving

Next week, SummerTIME—our annual four-week intensive writing and college knowledge summer program for 90 transitioning college freshmen—starts. Besides helping out with the writing curriculum and the program logistics, I’ll be reviewing financial aid offers with students and troubleshooting any issues. As in previous years, I anticipate the usual breakdown … 75% of students will have […]

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