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CCSC: FinAid, Bias, and Gmail

Maren Killackey and Sarah Ngu report in on CCSC’s doings Student Services Rep Karishma Habbu continues her mission to better the College’s financial aid advising system. She will be meeting with a financial aid office rep this week to discuss a two-tiered approach to tackling the issue: one involving student feedback and the other student […]

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Yet Another Reason Not to Go to Grad School

Although the absurdity of the debt ceiling debate may have made you think that politics are completely out of touch with reality, the Budget Control Act has some very real and important implications for Columbia students receiving financial aid. First the good news: Pell Grants will continue to be funded through 2013, without a reduction […]

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Re: Signing up for Classes and Paying for Them

Just passing on word that tomorrow, August 1st, will mark the beginning of the second summer registration period. According to an email from Barry the registration wizard Kane, registration will “open on Monday morning, August 1st, at 9:30 a.m.”  (Wait what? It’s August!) You can add and drop courses till Friday, August 12th. We noticed a couple […]

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Financial Aid Update: Things Are Looking Up

While much of the hubbub in Washington in recent days has centered on the passage of the healthcare bill, students have yet another reason to celebrate: the passage of a bill set to thoroughly reform the student loan system. The Healthcare and Education Reconciliation Act will, in effect, remove the middleman from the student loan […]

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MIT Financial Aid Director New Financial Aid Dean

 Image courtesy of Facebook In a school-wide email announcement earlier this afternoon, Dean of Student Affairs Kevin Shollenberger announced that MIT Financial Aid Director Daniel Barkowitz will be Columbia’s new Dean of Financial Aid and Associate Dean of Student Affairs. “A financial aid professional with over twenty years of experience in higher education – most […]

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BS in GS: Former Student Convicted of ID Theft

Harvard rejects can always feel bad that Ted Kaczynski was accepted, and now Columbia has its very own esteemed criminal alumni. Esther Reed, a Montana woman who attended Columbia for two years under an assumed identity, was sentenced yesterday to four years in prison for identity theft. Starting in 2004, Reed spent two years studying […]

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Barnard Now Even More Federally Subsidized

Since federal subsidies have already led to horrors like Constitution Day, one wonders what silly conditions will be extracted now that Barnard will be issuing more loans directly through the federal government.  Yes, Barnard has now joined the Federal Direct Loan program, which is already used by schools such as Harvard, Brown, Amherst, Williams, Cornell […]

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Official PrezBo Communique: The Economy and Its Discontents

A tipster has just forwarded the following PrezBo Communique to Bwog, in which your President assures recipients that despite the terrifyingly awful economy—PrezBo refers to it as “a landscape largely defined by uncertainty,” but a crisis by any other name…—Columbia will be just fine, thank you. For one thing, the University is still ahead of […]

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QuickSpec: The Joy in Little Things Edition

Throwing the baby out with the… bathtub? Even though it is called the Freedom School, there is still homework. Barnard steals fancy new financial aid director from… Columbia! Celebrating forks, knives and spoons. Celebrating Keira Knightley’s new period drama. …and the traditional freshman editorial about being satisfied with imperfections. Welcome to the canon.

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QuickSpec: Its all about the Benjamins Edition

Columbia joins the “Ivy League arms race.” In a pinch?  Here’s John Kluge’s wallet. Centralized planning, Soviet-style! If a facade falls on 110th street in the middle of the night, does anybody hear it? Burma Coalition shows some saffron muscle.

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Mo’ Money, Less Problems

Although the formal announcement in all of our inboxes is still pending, the Times has already reported the details of Columbia’s big financial aid plan this morning. The main points: Families making $60,000 or less per year will no longer pay tuition, room and board, or fees as of Fall 2008 Grants will replace loans […]

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GSSC Votes for Financial Aid Reform, Videotapes Selves

You can watch coverage of their discussion below, including the results from a GS-wide survey about debt and aid—according to GSSC President Niko Cunningham, an average GSer’s debt is three times that of an average CCer. Just another piece of Double Secret Financial Aid News puzzle, which Prezbo is maybe (probably!) solving for us today.

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Major Change in Financial Aid

A self-described “mega-anonymous” tipster informs Bwog that CC and SEAS will be annnouncing a “huge” change in financial aid, tomorrow or late today. (GS’s change will be of a more minor nature).  Perhaps Andrew Delbanco might have gotten his wish after all?   Bwog will update with details as soon as some materialize. 

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Incapacitation and Its Discontents

Much in the news today about paying for college and college paying for you. American studies director Andrew Delbanco and former dean of students Roger Lehecka co-wrote a New York Times article about Harvard and Yale’s distribution of financial aid. Our Ivy brethren to the north, in an attempt to make attending college possible for […]

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Antebellum Columbia

The New York Post  has picked up a story in which Brian Baxter, who graduated from Columbia in 1990, is suing the University, claiming he’s being subjected to “modern-day slavery” in the form of high student loan rates. Citibank—Columbia’s partner in crime and “preferred lender”—is also involved in the suit. Baxter, who likens himself to […]

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