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How a Common Course Boosts Teaching Collaboration on One Campus

Chronicle of Higher Education - September 13, 2018 - 7:57am
A required, interdisciplinary introduction to social science at the University of Dayton gets instructors from different departments talking, in meetings and more informally.  
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U. of South Florida’s President Reflects on Long Tenure and Why She’s Stepping Down Now

Chronicle of Higher Education - September 12, 2018 - 6:36pm
During Judy L. Genshaft’s 18 years at the university’s helm, both it and American higher education have changed drastically.
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For Coastal Colleges, Evacuation Means Far More Than Just Moving People

Chronicle of Higher Education - September 12, 2018 - 5:11pm
Colleges on the North Carolina coast are also shifting airplanes and research equipment further inland, in preparation for Hurricane Florence.
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How to Create a Syllabus

Chronicle of Higher Education - September 12, 2018 - 9:25am
There’s never a bad time to re-examine and rethink your syllabus. This guide will walk you through everything you need to know to craft an effective one.
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3 Types of FAFSA® Deadlines You Should Pay Attention To

U.S. Department of Education Blog | Ed.gov - September 12, 2018 - 8:16am

Ah, deadlines. The sworn enemy of students across the nation. When you’re busy with classes, extracurricular activities, and a social life in whatever time you’ve got left, it’s easy to lose track and let due dates start whooshing by. All of a sudden, your 10-page term paper is due in an hour, and you’re only on page 5 (with the help of 26-point type and triple line spacing). We get it.

Nevertheless, we’re here to point out a few critical deadlines that you really shouldn’t miss: those to do with the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) form. By submitting your FAFSA form late, you might be forfeiting big money that can help you pay for college.


Here are those three deadlines:

1. The College Deadline

The first type of deadline comes from colleges themselves, and—spoiler alert—it’s typically pretty early. These deadlines vary from school to school, but they usually come well before the academic year starts. If you’re applying to multiple colleges, be sure to look up each school’s FAFSA deadline and apply by the earliest one.

Many of these FAFSA due dates are priority deadlines. This means that you need to get your FAFSA form in by that date to be considered for the most money. Many colleges have this date clearly marked on their financial aid pages. If you can’t find it, you can always call the school’s financial aid office.

If you’re worried about gathering information to complete the FAFSA form in time to meet this deadline, don’t be. You can apply as early as Oct. 1 (instead of Jan. 1 as you may have done in the past). This earlier submission date will give you more time to complete the FAFSA form before college deadlines approach, which means more time to compare schools. You’ll use earlier (2017) tax information, so there’s no need for estimates.

Didn’t think it could get any easier? The earlier launch date coincides with many college application deadlines, so go ahead and apply for schools and for federal aid at the same time. If you haven’t figured out where you’re applying yet, don’t worry! You can still submit the FAFSA form. Just add any school you’re considering, even if you’re not sure whether you’ll apply or be accepted. You can always add or remove schools later.

2. The State Deadline

The second deadline is determined by your home state. You can check your state’s deadline here. Some states have hard deadlines and other states have suggested deadlines to make sure you get priority consideration for college money. Many states have limited funds, so their FAFSA deadlines may be quite early. If your state’s deadline is “As soon as possible after Oct. 1, 2018,” you should get your FAFSA form submitted ASAP. Many of these states with limited funds award financial aid funds only until they run out, so the sooner you apply, the better your chances.

3. The Federal Deadline

This last deadline comes from us, the U.S. Department of Education, aka the FAFSA folks. Our only time constraint is that each year’s FAFSA form becomes unavailable on June 30 at the end of the academic year it applies to.

That means that the 2019–20 FAFSA form (which was made available on Oct. 1, 2018) will disappear from fafsa.gov on June 30, 2020, because that’s the end of the 2019–20 school year. That’s right; you can technically go through your entire year at college before accessing the FAFSA form. However, a few federal student aid programs have limited funds, so be sure to apply as soon as you can. Also, as we said, earlier deadlines from states and colleges make waiting a bad idea.

Why so many deadlines?

All these entities award their financial aid money differently and at different times. What they all have in common, though, is that they use the FAFSA form to assess eligibility for their aid programs. So when a college wants to get its aid squared away before the academic year starts, it needs your FAFSA form to make that happen. If you want in on that college money, you need to help the college out by getting your information in by its deadline. The same goes for state aid programs. Additionally, many outside scholarship programs need to see your FAFSA info before they will consider your application. If you’re applying for scholarships, you need to stay on top of those deadlines, too.

What happens if I miss the deadlines?

Don’t miss the deadlines. Plan to get your FAFSA form in by the earliest of all the deadlines for your best crack at college money. By missing deadlines, you take yourself out of the running for money you might otherwise get. Some states and colleges continue awarding aid to FAFSA latecomers, but your chances get much slimmer, and the payout is often less if you do get aid. It’s just better not to miss the deadlines.

If you miss the end-of-June federal deadline, you’re no longer eligible to submit that year’s FAFSA form. Did we mention not to miss the deadlines?

Across the board, the motto really is “the sooner the better.” So turn in your FAFSA form and that term paper as soon as possible (without the 26-point type). Apply by the earliest deadline. Get your FAFSA form done today!

Emma Jones is an intern with the U.S. Department of Education’s office of Federal Student Aid. She’s also a junior at Gustavus Adolphus College, where she’s studying political science and involved in too many clubs.

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Would the Education Dept.’s New Title IX Rules Really Save Colleges Money?

Chronicle of Higher Education - September 11, 2018 - 7:15pm
The department said colleges and schools could save hundreds of millions of dollars under its forthcoming sexual-misconduct regulations. But experts on the gender-equity law doubt that claim.
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Layin’ Down Grooves on the Tenure Track: the Wide World of Faculty Bands

Chronicle of Higher Education - September 11, 2018 - 3:50pm
Some songs of their songs are angsty, some are sweet, and some — well, many — are a little bit nerdy.
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What Happened When One University Moved a Confederate Statue to a Museum

Chronicle of Higher Education - September 10, 2018 - 8:16pm
Three years ago, the University of Texas at Austin took down a campus monument to Jefferson Davis. That offers one possible solution to the question now facing the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
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These Parents Want to Change the Frats Where Their Sons Died

Chronicle of Higher Education - September 10, 2018 - 7:01pm
A partnership, announced on Monday, brings together families and the governing organizations of the nation’s fraternities and sororities. The coalition follows months of meetings among them.
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In Sociologists' #MeToo Moment, Does Their Response Heed the Lessons of Social Science?

Chronicle of Higher Education - September 10, 2018 - 2:44pm
One prominent sexual-assault researcher says clear, evidence-based policies are needed but have yet to be created.
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‘Education Governors’ Once Roamed Statehouses. Are They Making a Comeback?

Chronicle of Higher Education - September 10, 2018 - 2:04pm
The National Governors Association thinks so. The association has found that work-force readiness, college affordability, and teacher retention are hot topics in gubernatorial races.
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How Colleges Are ‘Setting Up a Generation for Failure’

Chronicle of Higher Education - September 9, 2018 - 4:30pm
Greg Lukianoff, president of FIRE, which advocates free speech on campuses, talks about his new book, The Coddling of the American Mind.
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Professor Who Forged Offer Letter Reaches Plea Deal

Chronicle of Higher Education - September 7, 2018 - 2:11pm
Brian McNaughton could have the felony case against him dismissed if he complies with the terms of the agreement.
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Avital Ronell Blowback Has Entered College Classrooms. Here’s How Scholars Are Responding.

Chronicle of Higher Education - September 6, 2018 - 7:21pm
Professors are grappling with how to teach works by an academic star found responsible for harassment — and by her broad network of supporters.
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Scholars Describe an ‘Incalculable Loss’ as a Museum in Brazil Goes Up in Flames

Chronicle of Higher Education - September 6, 2018 - 7:02pm
A few researchers rushed into the burning building to haul out artifacts before the growing inferno forced them out.
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This College Is on the Front Lines of America’s Divides. Here’s How It’s Working to Bridge Them.

Chronicle of Higher Education - September 6, 2018 - 4:42pm
Diversity-hiring strategies, cultural-competence training, curricular changes, and a busy student-heritage calendar are among the efforts at MiraCosta College, in Southern California. But these practices are controversial and difficult, with setbacks and resistance at every step.
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Transitions: Seminary Chooses Its First African-American President, Skidmore College Selects New Treasurer

Chronicle of Higher Education - September 6, 2018 - 2:35pm
The Rev. Alton B. Pollard III, of Howard University, will lead Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary. Donna Ng will take the chief financial role at Skidmore. And
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Do Chief Diversity Officers Help Diversify a University’s Faculty? This Study Found No Proof

Chronicle of Higher Education - September 6, 2018 - 2:32pm
Researchers found no real increase in faculty diversity at universities that hired diversity officials. But, as one author of the study explains, it's complicated.
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Purdue U. Global Drops Controversial Nondisclosure Agreement for Professors

Chronicle of Higher Education - September 6, 2018 - 11:44am
Faculty members at the institution, formerly the for-profit Kaplan University, will no longer have to pledge to avoid sharing nonpublic information about it. 
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Idea Lab: Admissions and Enrollment

Chronicle of Higher Education - September 6, 2018 - 11:05am
The traditional practices of student admissions and enrollment are slow to change. But with many colleges missing enrollment goals, institutions are rethinking their approaches. This collection of articles and essays examines new admissions and enrollment strategies. Buy a copy in the Chronicle store.
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