Nov 16, 2006
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Thursday, November 16 , 2006
Alternative College Funding: Credit Cards
By Emily Zaborniak
Credit card companies know just how to market to eager young college students. Walk across almost any college campus, and you will see representatives waving free t-shirts, throwing free Frisbees, and dangling free key chains. The only thing a college student has to do in order to receive any of these "free" items is fill out a credit card application. Another effective tactic is marketing through the mail by sending students pre-approved cards with activation only a phone call away. It's easy to dial the 800 number and open a credit line while hanging out in one's dorm. However they have ended up with them, a significant number of college students have credit cards in hand; unfortunately, many do not understand the rules and dangers associated with overcharging.

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Recent Elections May Affect Higher Education

By Emily Zaborniak

The results are in. The country has spoken. And, no matter what party you belong to, it's undeniable that change is in the air. The Democratic takeover after the recent elections may lead to a considerably different agenda than the one slated to develop under current Education and the Workforce Committee Chairman Howard "Buck" McKeon (R-CA).

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Spellings hopeful about achieving 2014 No Child Left Behind Act goal

A number of schools across the country that met with exceptional success in educating low-income students and students of color received 2006 Dispelling the Myth awards at a ceremony at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Washington, DC. U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings addressed the attendees, stating that the greatest myth of all is that the 2014 No Child Left Behind goal is impossible to achieve.
Senators seek Pell Grant increase

Urging an increase in the maximum Pell Grant award, which will be determined by the President's FY08 budget, U.S. Senators Edward Kennedy (D-MA), Susan Collins (R-ME), Norm Coleman (R-MN), and Russ Feingold (D-WI) wrote a bipartisan letter to Office of Management and Budget Director Rob Portman. The senators are seeking an increase in the maximum Pell Grant award in order to provide immediate relief to disadvantaged students.

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