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All the Ways that Money Matters: How Colleges Perpetuate Inequity

November 12, 2018



Scholarship Foundation Student Advisors assist 6,000 students and family members navigating admissions and financial aid each year.

Sometimes I state the obvious. Money (or the absence of it) affects students and their achievements in college.

Disband "Decision Day"

May 4, 2018

Last year the Words of Faith blog was launched and a May Day post denounced the arbitrary but growing trend of declaring it “Decision Day”.

Food for Thought: Why Hunger Haunts So Many College Students

April 4, 2018

On April 3, the Washington Post published the recent release of data documenting hunger and other basic needs unmet among college students. The piece cited several surveys, but focused on the largest to date. The full study report can be found here: 

Food for Thought

December 12, 2017

It does not take much to imagine what it is like to try to study or sit in class if you are chronically hungry or malnourished. While some of us may joke that students are always “starving”, the issue of chronic or episodic hunger among college students is now significant, and not at all funny.

Making the Money Work

July 19, 2017

It’s safe to say that every student on financial aid has had moments of terrible challenge in making the money work. Big gaps, deposits due before aid arrives, unforeseen emergencies, and balancing too many work hours with not enough time to study are just a few. Guest blogger Teresa Steinkamp (BA, BS, Loyola University Chicago, 2006; MSW, St.

GET OUT YOUR NATIONAL BADGE OF HONOR

May 23, 2017

URGENT ACTION NEEDED:

If you are reading this blog, chances are good that you are committed to educational equity and to the principles of democracy. Your action is needed now.

First, a refresher in higher education history. In 1963, President Lyndon Johnson spoke of the importance of the Higher Education Facilities Act, legislation which created and enabled each of the major federal financial aid programs.

Mayday, Mayday, Mayday

May 1, 2017

Among the lesser known observances of May 1 is “Decision Day.” For low-income students, this is more than a misnomer. Until the entire system changes, this higher education holiday should not be observed.

May 1 has multiple meanings:

Invisible Outcomes

April 24, 2017

Among the many programs presently targeted for elimination or surgical hatchet is Federal Work Study.  For me, hearing the vapid chatter about the program’s “effectiveness” was like a catapult back to 1979.