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State wants colleges to take part in satisfaction survey

By Max Bomber TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Commission for Higher Education has invited every public and private college in the state to take part in the nation’s first statewide Gallup-Indiana survey of undergraduate satisfaction. ”The benefits of a college degree extend beyond economic factors, but those benefits can be more difficult to measure: job […]

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College students to get more info about loans, debt

By Max Bomber TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Students going back to college this fall will be greeted by more than just new classes and textbooks. They’ll be getting more information about their student loans as well – all in the name of helping students make better decisions about their debt. Under a law that takes effect […]

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Bill that aims to cut student debt heads to full Senate

By Erika Brock TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A bill to make students more aware of the debt they’re amassing to pay for college passed the Senate Education Committee unanimously Wednesday and now heads to the full Senate. House Bill 1042 requires that public colleges provide students with an annual report that details a total loan amount […]

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FAFSA form for college aid is due at midnight Tuesday

Staff report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Students have until midnight Tuesday to fill out a financial aid form that will determine how millions of dollars in scholarship and grant money is distributed. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid – called the FAFSA – is used to determine eligibility for not only state and federal awards but […]

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IU program leads to less student borrowing, could be model for state

By Erika Brock TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A relatively new Indiana University program that provides students with more information about their loans is credited with a significant reduction in their overall debt. The school sends annual letters to students detailing the longer-term consequences of their borrowing. School officials think that led to a $31 million drop […]

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Bill would educate students about their college loans

By Alec Gray TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Students using loans to pay for college may get some extra help when it comes to gathering information about their debt load if a House bill becomes law. Universities would have to provide students with an annual report that details a total loan amount estimate, an estimate of interest […]

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Lubbers: Students need more internships, real-world experiences

By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Higher Education Commissioner Teresa Lubbers encouraged state colleges to incorporate more internship opportunities and work-based experiences into their degree programs. In her third State of Higher Education Address, the former state senator said she wants to connect college students to careers – and internships are a good way […]

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Legislation would identify students who need help before college

By Adam Lee TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The House Education committee passed an amended bill on Tuesday designed to better prepare students for higher education. The bill now moves to the full House for consideration. House Bill 1637, authored by Rep. Ed Clere, R-New Albany, calls for a process that allows high schools to determine if […]

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Video & story: Students worry bill could impact voting in their college towns

IU student voices concerns about Indiana election legislation By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A state senator has agreed to rethink legislation that critics say could make it harder for college students to vote in the communities in which they attend school. Students from Indiana, Southern Indiana and Ball State universities came to the Statehouse […]

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Undocumented immigrants could get in-state tuition under bill moving to Senate

By Katie Stancombe TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — A bill that passed a Senate committee Thursday would allow unauthorized immigrant students living in Indiana to pay in-state tuition. Senate Bill 345, authored by Sen. Earline Rogers, D-Gary, and heard by the Senate Appropriations Committee, allows graduates who went to an Indiana high school for at least three […]

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