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Obama Unveils New Student Loan Rules

The Obama administration is revising some rules on federally guaranteed student loans. The administration says the changes will make it easier for graduates to repay them. It's making it easier for students to consolidate loans into a single payment and expanding a program that bases payments on a graduate's income. The new rules will affect 7 million of the 36 million student loan borrowers.
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Brown University President Simmons Steps Down

In 2001, Ruth Simmons left Smith College to take the helm at Brown University, becoming the first African-American president at an Ivy League school. She's guided Brown through financial challenges, devised a long-term Plan for Academic Enrichment and addressed multiple campus controversies.
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Report: College Costs Continue Rising, Aid Cuts Could Add To Pain

Public and private institutions continue to charge more. Aid and tax breaks help temper the sticker shock. But with government spending being squeezed, that sort of assistance may be less generous in coming years.
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Virginia Works To Prevent Shaken Baby Syndrome

The commonwealth of Virginia is seeking ways to curb Shaken Baby Syndrome, a form of child abuse that can have devastating consequences.

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School District Says No To Teacher Bonus Grant

Oregon City, just south of Portland, Ore., has rejected more than $2.5 million in federal funds. The school district turned down money that would have given performance-based pay bonuses to teachers, a controversial part of the Obama administration's education policy.
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ETS Says SAT Cheating Attempts Not Uncommon

The Educational Testing Service admitted Tuesday that attempts at cheating on the SAT are not as uncommon as it had previously claimed. Last month, seven people were charged in a scheme that involved a former student who took the test on behalf of six others. ETS said at the time that cheating is rare, but it acknowledged Tuesday that it is aware of hundreds of instances in which impersonators attempted to take the test on behalf of someone else.

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