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  • It seems unbelievable, but tomorrow marks the tenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. Arriving in New Orleans this week, the memories came flooding back. The Weather Channel picture of a mammoth storm. Survivors’ joy turned to horror over learning that the levees were overtopping and that some would not hold. The faces of death, destruction and ... [more]

  • Faces of FAFSA: James
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    James, 41 Kentucky Adult-learner Let me start by saying that I am, by no means, an expert in public policy or the inner workings of the higher education system. I write this having just recently earned my associates degree in Applied Sciences, and my strengths lie in digital software and computer solutions, not political strategy ... [more]

  • Row, Row, Row Your Boat #FixFAFSA
    Education/Faces Of FAFSA

    Growing up, I always dreamt of going to college to study music. If I were to go, I would be the first in my family to do so. In those days my mother wanted me to go to secretarial school in case my husband left me or passed away, but I knew I wanted more. ... [more]

  • Fixing FAFSA: Are we the Fox, or the Cat? #FixFAFSA
    Education/Faces Of FAFSA

    People often speak of having “smell memories.” Me? I have weather memories. A bright, clear blue sky on an early fall day reminds me of 9/11, before the plane hit the Pentagon. A middle-of-the-night thunderstorm reminds me of the comparative quiet of nursing a child in a dark room, lit up occasionally by lightning. And ... [more]

  • Faces of FAFSA: Salma
    Education/Faces Of FAFSA

    Salma, 16 Virginia First-generation college student I am 16 years old and the middle child of a family of five. I have incredible parents who immigrated to the United States from Central America, and have always worked tremendously hard to provide a great life for me and my siblings. As a junior in high school ... [more]

  • Faces of FAFSA: Antoine
    Education/Faces Of FAFSA

    Antoine, 35 Colorado First-generation college student I was in high school the first time I tried to complete the FAFSA form. I was the first in my family to attend or graduate from college, and until I met Kristin Conklin all of my financial aid information came from my high school guidance counselor. Applying for ... [more]

  • Framing the College Affordability Problem
    Education

    College affordability is an issue that weighs heavily on many people’s minds. And it should. There was a recent story about a public official who was concerned about college affordability. He said he could relate to students who struggle to pay for college because less than 10 years after leaving graduate school, he was still ... [more]

  • Those of us residing in the Northeastern United States continue to hide away under blankets, waiting for a sign that spring is just around the corner. And there is one spring staple that Mother Nature can’t take away – the start of baseball. Major league baseball has come under scrutiny in recent years for a ... [more]