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SAGE Scholars Monthly Newsletter | December 2023

What is the Student Aid Index?

What is the Student Aid Index?

New or returning FAFSA applicants may see some new terminology as they revisit the online federal student loan process this year. First and foremost in the updated terminology is the replacement of the Expected Family Contribution with the Student Aid Index. While these two calculation methodologies work similarly, there are a few key differences to understand. Click read more to learn about the new Student Aid Index.

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Marist Tops Numerous International Programs Rankings

Marist Tops Numerous International Programs Rankings

Marist's international programs rank better than ever before and continue to lead the nation. According to the Institute of International Education, Marist once again ranks number one in the country for its full academic year abroad programs. And this year the College also captured the top spot for semester abroad programs for the first time ever, reflecting the value and popularity of Marist's extensive international offerings for students.

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New $2.5 Million NSF Grant Will Fund Scholarship Program for Computer Science Students From Low-Income Backgrounds

New $2.5 Million NSF Grant Will Fund Scholarship Program for Computer Science Students From Low-Income Backgrounds

WPI has been awarded a $2.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to boost the enrollment, retention, and graduation of computer science students from low-income backgrounds by providing scholarships, mentoring, and programs that will empower the students to complete their degrees in four years. The Path to Achieving Success and Sense of Belonging in Computer Science (PASS-CS) project will create a program for academically talented incoming first-year students who are eligible for federal Pell Grants, a form of financial aid for students from low-income backgrounds. Read More

Heidelberg holds firm on tuition - no increase for 4th straight year

Heidelberg holds firm on tuition — no increase for 4th straight year

At a time when costs are skyrocketing all around us, Heidelberg University is again holding firm with no increase in undergraduate tuition for incoming students in the fall of 2024. On Nov. 15, Heidelberg's Board of Trustees voted again for no increase in tuition for the 2024-25 academic year. Tuition will remain at $32,900 per year. This will be the fifth consecutive year of the Heidelberg Tuition Guarantee for all students and the fourth consecutive year with no increase in tuition for all students. Read More

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Finding Balance as a Busy Student

By Carter Thompson

"Balance" is a word often found circulating in the self-help realm of modern advice. Many seek balance when they feel they don't have it but desire to continue to push and reach for their full potential in a fulfilled manner. Seeking to improve in any given area and reach further than before requires doing something new. Whether this is earning a great grade on a big exam, progressing further in sports, or being accepted into All-State band, choir, show choir, etc., such accomplishments require new levels of effort and sacrifice. Building out a proper action plan is necessary to maintain a level of balance in your life while maximizing unrealized potential without becoming overwhelming and falling out of balance. Read More

Understanding the R1 R2 R3 Research Classification at Universities: An In — depth Analysis

By Justina Thompson

In the realm of higher education, one of the most important factors to consider when exploring a college or university is the research footprint and resources the university provides. The Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education, a well-recognized authority in American higher education establishments, introduces a tier-based research classification system, namely the R1 R2 and R3 classification, to evaluate research activity at universities. This system is pivotal to researchers, educators, and students alike as it illuminates the depth and breadth of a university's commitment to research. Read More

Questions to Ask While Preparing to Study Abroad

By Clara Wodny

Congratulations, you've decided to study abroad! It's time to get excited and start dreaming about your upcoming trip. As you will likely find out, it's necessary to embrace the unknowns and a go-with-the-flow attitude while studying abroad. You'll want to be prepared and knowledgeable before your grand adventure to be best equipped to respond to unexpected challenges and get the most out of your experience. Here are some questions that I asked, or wish I asked, before starting my year-long study abroad program. Read More

New STEM Program Looks to Make Transformative Change

New STEM Program Looks to Make Transformative Change

STEMup, a Duquesne University program to provide tailored educational and placement opportunities for workers in the western Pennsylvania biotechnology sector, recently received a $300,000 grant from the Richard King Mellon Foundation. Currently in development, STEMup will unite public and private companies, educational institutions, and industry partners to develop a collaborative "eco-network" that educates and trains workers for employment opportunities, especially in the biotech sector.

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Point Park University Offers Complete in Four Years Bachelor of Fine Arts to MBA Degree Program

Point Park University Offers Complete in Four Years Bachelor of Fine Arts to MBA Degree Program

Point Park University's world-renowned Conservatory of Performing Arts (COPA) and innovative Rowland School of Business have introduced an Early Start Bachelor of Fine Arts and Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Sports, Arts and Entertainment Management. Point Park University is one of the first schools in the region to offer the arts and business degree program. This program gives students an affordable opportunity to earn both a B.F.A. degree from the Conservatory — and an MBA from the Rowland School of Business — in four years plus one additional semester in the summer. Read More

Austin College Opens New Health Campus

Austin College Opens New Health Campus

Austin College has taken a major step to expand its academic programs while helping meet the need for more healthcare providers. College officials and area dignitaries gathered Tuesday, November 14, for a ribbon cutting and open house at the Austin College Health Campus, home of the College's new Master of Medical Science-Physician Assistant program. "The Austin College Health Campus is here to address two significant needs," said President Steven P. O'Day. "We work with many students who want to meaningfully contribute to the healthcare profession, but not necessarily as physicians. We also know that the Texoma region needs healthcare providers who can address the growing shortage we see in our community. Our new PA program should address both." Read More

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Types of Degrees

By Xavier Royer

This is one of those articles I do occasionally that tries to preempt questions that may seem obvious and make students feel stupid for asking. If no one ever tells you, you will never know unless you stumble across the information somewhere, which hopefully happens before it comes up in conversation. You have to bluff or look like an idiot successfully. This article's topic is the difference between degrees. It will discuss the different types of degrees, what needs to be done to get them, and how they are used. Read More

Different Jobs to Work During College

By Melissa Ortiz

Finances are the number one concern for most college students. Even if you have a plan that already covers financing your education, chances are you will need some extra cash for unexpected expenses during school. These expenses could include books, a laptop replacement, or just everyday money. Even if you think a job will interfere with your academics, you can work a job that will add to your knowledge and experience in your field of interest. While previous articles have covered the many benefits of working during college, this is a guide to the different types of jobs you should consider working during college. Read More

Peer Review Groups

By Jessica Dickenson

Peer review is a widely recognized and valuable practice in academia, particularly in college education and academic writing. In peer review groups, students will evaluate and provide feedback on each other's work, primarily research papers, essays, or other writing projects. Read More

How University of the Arts Teaches Dancers to “Pay Attention Differently”-and Why It Works

How University of the Arts Teaches Dancers to "Pay Attention Differently"—and Why It Works

When first-year students begin classes at the University of the Arts' School of Dance in Philadelphia, they're met with guiding questions that challenge them to reframe the very purpose of dance training: "How do you pay attention to what you're doing all the time, differently?" asks Donna Faye Burchfield, professor and dean of the School of Dance. "What happens when you provide a kind of environment where dancers are surrounded by ways to pay attention differently?" Read More

Mount Union Offering $2,000 Grant For Fafsa Completion

Mount Union Offering $2,000 Grant For Fafsa Completion

In an effort to continue to support students who need financial assistance, the University of Mount Union is offering a grant totaling $2,000 to every student who is admitted to Mount Union and completes the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). First-year and transfer undergraduate students who are admitted to Mount Union in Fall 2024 or later will receive the $500 FAFSA Filer Grant upon completion of the FAFSA. The grant is renewable for up to four years, or $2,000 in total, if the FAFSA is completed each year. With 99% of Mount Union students receiving some form of financial aid, this initiative further illustrates the University's commitment to an accessible education. Read More

New Global Studies Major Prepares Students for Careers on the World Stage

New Global Studies Major Prepares Students for Careers on the World Stage

A new major in Global Studies takes a significant step in Marist's commitment to enriching the campus with diverse perspectives and fostering an internationalized learning environment. The major takes an interdisciplinary approach to understanding the multicultural world of the 21st century, covering a variety of disciplines, global issues, and regional topics. Students can also take full advantage of the robust study abroad opportunities Marist offers to make the most of this major. Read More

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Advice for First Generation College Students

By Melissa Ortiz

Much has been written about first-generation college students and the obstacles they face, as well as the different types of support and people they can lean on to navigate their college career. However, less has been written about first-generation graduate students and there is a lack of research on their experiences, most likely because this is a small (but growing) population. This article is intended to provide guidance and advice for first-generation graduate students during their graduate programs. Read More

Mastering the GRE: How to Prepare and Pass the GRE

By Jessica Dickenson

The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is a critical step to graduate school. The GRE is a multiple-choice standardized test that plays a pivotal role in the admission process for most graduate, law, and business schools. The GRE exam measures your command of basic mathematics, college-level vocabulary, as well as your ability to analyze and evaluate written material. While it is an important step in your educational journey that shouldn't be taken lightly, it isn't something that you should stress unnecessarily over. Read More

Tips on How to Write a Personal Statement for Ph.D. Applications

By Melissa Ortiz

Applying to a Ph.D. program is a big life decision and commitment. If you've reached this stage, you've likely already explored the programs and faculty members whose research interests align with yours. The next step now is to apply! The application process is a huge undertaking, and it will take several months to complete all the required components and do the necessary research. While every program, field, and university are different and may prioritize different aspects of an application, the personal statement is arguably the most critical (and time-consuming) piece of any Ph.D. application. In this article, I go over the most important aspects of a personal statement. Read More

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