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Insights for a Challenging Economy: Volume 2 – Bulletin #3

At Maguire Associates' symposium in Boston last summer, Mark Kantrowitz, financial aid expert and publisher of and, shared insights on what the recession means for the finances of students, families, and institutions (Mary Grant, President of MCLA, the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, is at right).

The state of the enrollment market:
Where are we now and what does it mean?

Remember how things felt at this time last year? There was much fear that college choice patterns would alter radically. Some predicted dire consequences, even that the economic crisis would compel many students and families to forgo college altogether. While much trepidation remains this year, there is an eerie public silence about the economy and its implications for higher education enrollment.

As we approach critical moments in the complicated fall 2010 enrollment cycle, we still need to consider the similarities and differences from last year’s emotionally charged environment and ask, “Where are we now and what does it mean?” Read the full article...

Additional Resources

  • Three Steps for Managing Serious Challenges: This article, originally published here in Insights for a Challenging Economy, was published in the January 2010 edition of University Business online. In it, we share several recommendations for controlling difficult events and circumstances, an especially useful topic on the heels of this "Great Recession." Click here to read the full article.

  • Video Spotlight: College presidents share wisdom: Boston University President Bob Brown and University of Vermont President Dan Fogel share perspectives on leadership in difficult economic times and beyond. Their insights are as fresh now as they were when delivered at a Maguire Associates symposium in the fall.

  • Private Colleges Rein in Loan-Free Financial aid: This USA Today article discusses the nascent trend of elite institutions, amidst budgetary issues, pulling back on "no loan" policies enacted in late 2007 and early 2008. Maguire Associates published "For Those Without Billions" in Spring 2008, which documented and analyzed the sudden trend.

  • The Battle Over the Student Loan Industry Overhaul: According to financial aid expert Mark Kantrowitz, President Obama's FY2011 budget proposal for student financial aid supports switching to 100 percent Direct Lending. The savings from eliminating the federally guaranteed student loan program is proposed to be used to index the maximum Pell Grant to inflation plus 1 percent as a true entitlement program. This recent New York Times article highlights the ongoing negotiation and lobbying over this hugely significant proposal and potential change for higher education's student loan industry.

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