The other day I was out making a bunch of visits to collect payments and get updates for my website company. While I was out there I was talking to one of my clients about their website and the different options that they had for hosting, bandwidth, photos, etc. You know – basic web client/web developer stuff. [Read more…]
The New York Times printed an article this morning talking about how the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is too cumbersome for most families to fill out. They cited how some families are even turning to paid consultants to complete the form, paying somewhere between $80 and $100 per application (which defeats the whole purpose of a free application).
Clearly, if you’ve read this blog over the years, you know that I have a long and storied history with student loans. Over the course of my 7 years as an undergraduate and graduate student I filled out a bunch of these things; my Mother and I filled out my first few FAFSA forms and I filled out the last few. What I remember about filling out the forms was not that it was tedious (filling out any government form is tedious), but rather that the results reports were not good enough.
In other words, you’d put together this FAFSA and then get a report back (mine was from my undergraduate institute) telling you which aid you qualified for based on your responses. The report didn’t speak to potential repayment scenarios or to existing debts under each program; both pieces of information could really help students and their families make better decisions. I’m not sure why this information isn’t included in the report as both the federal government and the college have the information at their fingertips.
The FAFSA should be changed, but this change should be a part of changing the entire student loan process.
Earlier today I found an interesting little diddy on FOXNews.com regarding some of Al Gore’s assertions in An Inconvenient Truth. The article is written by a FOX News contributor named Steven Milloy who, by all accounts, appears to be a strong conservative in all of his policy and political leanings. So bear that in mind if you choose to go read the article.
This is an interesting post to me because Milloy’s article quotes a British judge who has ruled some of Al Gore’s findings as unscientific. In other words, the judge says there is no science to back up some – not all, but some – of Gore’s claims. There is no discussion of where the judge got his doctorate in environmental science, though…
Later in the article, some legitimate incorrect assertions are detailed and I think those are all known to the public at this point (the wrong date being given for a cigarette advertisement, 2005 NOT being the hottest year on record, there not being a cure for polio, etc). But those are all somewhat moot points (except the one about 2005 not being the hottest year on record – that’s an exaggeration of the truth).
In any event, I fail to see how a judge has the standing to make such decisions. This may be more politics than anything else. Of course, this is all taking place across the pond, so I don’t care about it too much, but I thought some of you folks may find it interesting.
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