December 1, 2017

Advocacy Opportunity


Congress continues its work on a tax bill. Once both chambers pass their different versions of the bill, a conference to resolve the differences will be convened in the next few weeks. The conference provides an additional opportunity to advocate for changes. 


Congressional Update


Tax Bill in the Senate

The Senate continues to debate its tax bill, with a vote on final passage expected soon. 


Department of Education News


New Proposal to Modernize Student Aid System

The Education Department announced its plans for a new platform aimed at easing applications for student aid and helping borrowers manage loan payments.


National Science Foundation News


Federal Funding for Research at Colleges and Universities Increases

According to the Higher Education Research and Development (HERD) Survey, federal funding of higher education research and development increased in FY 2016 for the first time in 5 years. 


Reports and Studies


Tenure-Track Jobs in Humanities Continue to Decline

A preliminary report from the Modern Language Association (MLA) found that job ads declined for a fifth straight year in 2016-17, reaching another new low.


CGS Update


New Market Analysis Resource

Various market factors can have an impact on graduate students and graduate programs. A new CGS document highlights a few of these market factor resources, including a brief description with links to access them.




Issue Brief on Origination Fees

A new issue brief from the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) focuses on origination fees and stresses that eliminating them is important to increasing transparency and college affordability.


Quips and Quotes


The Week, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Buzzfeed, The Hill, Los Angeles Times, New York Daily News, and The Washington Post all wrote about the implications for graduate students of taxing tuition waivers. 



Website Resources


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