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Source: Common Domain

America is one step closer to a government-backed account and debit card for college students

Today 15:25 GMT

This month, the Department of Education’s office of Federal Student Aid (FSA) released a request for applications from companies interested in participating in a pilot program offering students an account, card and other services co-branded with FSA.

Students and schools participating in the pilot program would have those funds put into an FSA co-branded account with a card and app attached. Right now, when a school receives student-loan dollars on behalf of a student in excess of tuition and fees, the school distributes that money to students in a variety of ways, including on prepaid debit cards and through manual checks.

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Source: Common Domain

Here’s what it would take to make college tuition-free

Today 15:25 GMT

Advocates have criticized the relatively small number of public university students benefiting from the program, particularly given the political capital officials have sought to build through the

“The last thing you want is to establish this program, have your first cohort of students and then, realizing that the students are not actually succeeding, have to raise more money,” said Marc Westenburg, director of the Center for Community College Advancement at the Council for Advancement and Support of Education in Washington, D.C.. His organization advises community colleges to start small, then expand to ensure their programs are sustainable.

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Source: Fox News

Texas death row inmate linked to 1999 murder of college student, Louisiana police say

Today 04:14 GMT

She was just 19 years old, and studying psychology at Louisiana State University in 1999 when the killer somehow opened the dead-bolted door to her apartment and shot her to death.

Green is currently on death row in Texas for the rape and murder of another 19-year-old woman in Houston that happened just two weeks before Federer was killed. With advances in DNA matching capabilities, Baton Rouge police finally were able to come up with the evidence they needed to issue a warrant for a suspect, 49-year-old Travis Green, charging him with first-degree murder and aggravated burglary, according to published reports.

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Source: Fox News

Snake names honor Darwin, fire god, college professor

Today 04:14 GMT

"They named one after Charles Darwin — that's a no-brainer — and one after the Greek god of fire, and one after me, of all people," said Robert A. Thomas , an environmental biologist and head of head of the Center for Environmental Communication at Loyola University New Orleans.

A Louisiana professor is in heady company, honored by having one of three newly identified species of snakes from the Galapagos Islands named after him.

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Source: Fox News

‘Not fair’: World cycling bronze medalist cries foul after transgender woman wins gold

Saturday 08:06 GMT

The American bronze medalist who lost a world-championship cycling race to a transgender woman from Canada has criticized the results as unfair.

While McKinnon argues it is, given the rules and regulations adopted by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), the bronze medalist felt another way at the finish of the world championships. “It’s definitely NOT fair,” Jennifer Wagner, the third-place finisher from Houston, said in response to a tweet from British conservative Katie Hopkins.

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Source: Common Domain

The End of the NCAA Illusion

Friday 20:57 GMT

Whatever fairy dust the NCAA used to sprinkle over the college game—a blend of nostalgia, regional pride, and, most of all, amateurism—doesn’t work anymore.

Instead, a lot of us are still trying to figure out what the government is doing here—what it’s attempting to prove, why it’s playing strongman for the NCAA. Technically, this is a fraud case: a jury must decide if NCAA member universities were victims, helplessly defrauded by rogue types steering elite players to their campuses.

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Source: DW

Crimea college shooting rampage shocks Russia

Friday 20:02 GMT

Several observers in Russia have described the attack in Crimea as "Russia's Columbine", drawing parallels to the 1999 Columbine High School shooting in the US, which killed 13.

Twenty people were killed and more than 50 wounded in the suicide shooting rampage, which also included at least one homemade bomb. Since yesterday evening, locals have been bringing flowers, candles and toys to the scene.

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Source: CBS News

Shut out of U.S. jobs boom: Women without a college degree

Saturday 10:50 GMT

Although the U.S. labor market is the strongest it's been in decades, one group of Americans is being left behind: American women without a college degree.

That may explain why more women than men are today enrolled in college, as young women respond to economic necessity by seeking higher education. The most common occupation for women who work full-time is teacher, an job that requires a college education, according to the Department of Labor.


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