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Senator Alexander Introduces FAFSA Simplification Bill

On Thursday, September 26, Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, introduced the Student Aid Improvement Act of 2019, S.2557. The legislation bundles together eight different bills to amend parts of the Higher Education Act (HEA), including FAFSA and financial aid award letter simplification, as well as Pell Grant expansion. 

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Tip Sheet for Young People: Buying a New Cell Phone and Choosing a Cell Phone Plan

Buying a new cell phone and deciding on a cell phone service plan can be confusing and frustrating. Cell phones are essential but deciding which one is right for you can be difficult. The same goes for choosing a cell phone carrier and plan. There can be big differences in prices, plans, and coverage among cell phone carriers. Here are some tips to help you figure out what you need and want in a cell phone and cell phone service.

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5 Lessons I Learned When A Homeless Youth Walked Through My Door

Authored by: Heather Denny, State Coordinator for Homeless Education, Montana Office of Public Instruction. "I’ve been to countless conferences. I’ve sat through hours of professional development. I’ve probably spent days conferring with liaisons, service providers, school administrators, national policy experts, advocates, and my peers who do this work. But when a youth experiencing homelessness came to stay with me and my family, I learned more in one week than I’ve learned in a very long time."

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Another New Day

In this guest perspective, Jani Koester, Resource Teacher with Madison Metropolitan School District’s Transition Education Program, reminds us that “Back to School” happens all year long for students experiencing homelessness, and that being prepared for a new student, and taking time for transitions, are essential practices for success.

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Putting all the Pieces Together: Creating Opportunities for Success for Students Experiencing Homelessness at USF

The University of South Florida (USF) is enhancing its services to students who are currently or have been homeless. Identification and outreach, tailored wellness coaching, a website specific to this population, year-round housing opportunities, and the redesign of a process by which homeless students can receive a tuition waiver are all components of our approach to fostering the success of these high-priority USF students.

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The New “Public Charge” Immigration Rule: How It Affects Students And Schools

On August 14, the Department of Homeland Security published a new Public Charge rule that broadens the definition of “public benefits,” making it more difficult for people to demonstrate that they will not become a public charge. The new rule will be the subject of litigation, and a court is likely to prevent the rule from taking effect immediately. In the unlikely event the rule is not blocked by litigation, it will go into effect on October 15, 2019. The new rule is complex, but here we provide some basic information for schools and families.

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