Campus Brief 1/24: New NCLC website; MN free tuition bill; Presidents defend DACA

In this week’s news: A look at The Minnesota College Affordability Act, thoughts from Brigham Young University’s LGBTQ community, and a letter authored by Student Body Presidents calling on the Trump administration to protect DACA.

Get Engaged

  • We’re so excited to announce the new and improved, dedicated to elevating the student voice and championing your work. Read this article by our Executive Director, Andy MacCracken, about the changes and the year ahead.

  • There is still time to join us at Campus Women Lead, our national women’s summit in partnership with Running Start! E-mail us at to secure your spot.

College Affordability

  • Proposed bill could make University of Minnesota tuition free for some (1/19/2017) The Minnesota College Affordability Act, authored by Sen. Ron Latz, DFL-St. Louis Park, would promise free undergraduate education for high school graduates under an income threshold at the University of Minnesota or schools in the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system.

  • Prepare for Financial Aid Award Letter Changes for 2017 (1/23/17): Financial aid experts say the new modifications to FAFSA align financial aid applications better with the college admissions season, allowing families with prospective students to receive award letters weeks or months earlier, depending on the school.

  • Kentucky’s Need-Based Aid Gamble (1/24/17): University of Kentucky seeks to shift its aid strategy to improve retention, rolling back the use of funds for top students who can afford to pay.

Sexual Assault Prevention

Mental Health

Diversity & Inclusion

  • Student Government Leaders Call On Trump to Continue DACA (1/09/17) More than 50 student government presidents have signed a letter to President Trump asking him to continue the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, under which more than 700,000 young people who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children, many of them now college students, have obtained the right to work and temporary protection from deportation.

  • Inclusion is goal of new interfaith space (1/23/17) After discovering Muslim students had been praying in campus stairwells, one university administrator set out to create an interfaith space at Columbia College Chicago.

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