Several US senators are asking Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to provide guidance to help students complete their Free Application for Federal Student Aid paperwork after an online data-retrieval tool from the IRS was taken down for security reasons. The lawmakers also asked the department to consider allowing applicants to submit signed copies of tax returns to fulfill FAFSA requirements.
Colleges and universities can protect themselves from phishing attacks targeting W-2 records by alerting human resources and accounting departments and educating others on campus about the threat, security expert Stu Sjouwerman writes. Also, any received phishing emails should be reported to the IRS, he notes.
Proposed cuts to the federal TRIO program in President Donald Trump's budget proposal would hurt low-income and first-generation students, some higher-education officials say. The TRIO program is an umbrella for other grants, including Upward Bound and Student Support Services.
About 32% of the rise in student-loan defaults can be traced back to a decrease in housing prices during the Great Recession, according to a study. Researchers also found that borrowers who enrolled in the government's income-based repayment plans had fewer defaults and were better insulated from economic downturns.
More than half of college and university faculty say they're concerned they may outlive their retirement savings, according to a survey from Fidelity Investments. The survey also found that more than 60% of nonfaculty staff members were worried about their financial situations, compared with 44% of professors.
A proposal that colleges and universities draw adjunct professors from a single pool of candidates represented by one union has drawn interest from some higher-education representatives this week at the annual conference of the National Center for the Study of Collective Bargaining in Higher Education and the Professions. Supporters say such a system could streamline hiring and save costs.
Florida's 12 state colleges and universities could lose $164 million in funding under a House budget proposal revealed this week. The proposal includes the elimination of the Emerging Preeminence program that the University of Central Florida is using to recruit professors with research expertise.
Calling community colleges "a tremendous on-ramp" for students, US Education Secretary Betsy DeVos says she's considering full-year federal financial aid for students and a stronger focus on programs that are working. DeVos last week toured Valencia College in Florida and heard about dual-enrollment programs from state education leaders.
The number of high-school students leaving their home state to attend college has doubled in seven states, including California, Georgia and Texas, since 2008, according to a study. Colleges are taking advantage of the trend, hiring recruiters to court students from those states.