The Power of One Small Gesture Can Dramatically Boost AP Enrollment

Courtesy of Education Week | Catherine Gewertz Schools try all kinds of strategies to get students to sign up for Advanced Placement classes, but it turns out that one of the quickest and easiest has a dramatic impact. Researchers have found that students who receive short notes encouraging them to try AP classes are 49 percentage points more likely to …

New law requires CSU to tell students cost of off-campus housing

Courtesy of San Francisco Chronicle | Melody Gutierrez SACRAMENTO — California’s public universities have failed to give students and their families accurate information on the cost of off-campus housing, prompting Gov. Jerry Brown to sign a bill Monday to ensure that the universities post online the true cost of attending a campus. Assemblyman Freddie Rodriguez, D-Pomona (Los Angeles County) authored …

Changes to the IRS Data Retrieval Tool Process for the 2018-19 FAFSA Form

Courtesy of Federal Student Aid In a May 3, 2017 Electronic Announcement, we informed the community that in an effort to address privacy and security concerns raised by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) related to the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (IRS DRT), the IRS and Federal Student Aid (FSA) agreed to implement a solution that will reinstate the use of …

Ed Department issues technical guidance for FAFSA tool

Courtesy of EdScoop | Emily Tate The Department of Education has issued technical guidance for higher ed institutions to address security flaws in the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Data Retrieval Tool, used to help students apply for federal aid. The recommended fixes, announced Monday, are aimed at getting the tool back online in time for the 2018-2019 Federal Student Aid …

When states pay for the SAT or ACT, more poor students go to college

Courtesy of Chalkbeat.org | Matt Barnum New research finds a simple strategy can modestly boost the share of poor students who go on to college: requiring, and paying for, all students to take the ACT or SAT. And while the impact isn’t huge, the policy is relatively cheap — just $34 per student increases four-year college attendance by about 1 …