The National Student Clearinghouse processes deferment forms. If you need an enrollment certification for deferment of a student loan, mail the forms to the Office of Student Services, Lyons Hall, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467 or stop by Lyons Hall. Your deferment form will be forwarded to the National Student Clearinghouse. If the enrollment certification does not require an official school seal or signature, you may process the certification through www.bc.edu/myservices.
A judge has granted class certification in a lawsuit against the University of Minnesota that seeks larger refunds of mandatory student fees paid during the spring 2020 semester, when students were urged to go home to avoid catching and spreading the coronavirus.
The class representatives are Steven Staubus, a freshman in 2020 who had returned home to Illinois for spring break and stayed there the rest of the semester, and Patrick Hyatte, who was a senior music student from St. Paul who had an ensemble performance canceled.
Both said they supported the March 2020 decision to shut down campus activities and move classes online due to health concerns but that the refunds they received were insufficient.
“We weren’t able to access the services in person and on campus and fully the way they were advertised,” Staubus said in a February deposition.
The University of Minnesota Board of Regents in early April 2020 approved $27.8 million in refunds for students throughout the system. Four days later, in response to criticism and in hopes of avoiding a lawsuit, the board upped that amount to $35.4 million.
Students got full, pro-rated refunds for housing, dining, parking, transportation, safety and recreation and wellness. The U refunded just half the remaining fees for student government and student services, “in recognition that student groups are no longer able to meet in person, although many continue to meet virtually, and other student service activities are modified from original plans.”
Students got no refunds for fees that fund building improvements and pay off the football stadium’s debt.
In a January deposition, President Joan Gabel said many student services continued in spring 2020 even though few students remained on campus.
“We put up services that didn’t even exist before in order to take care of students,” she said. “We were figuring out every possible thing we could do to maximize the student experience academically … (and) beyond the classroom.”
The U even kept paying student workers, including Staubus, for jobs they no longer had to do.
Gabel said she knew the refunds for housing, dining and student fees would be expensive but said that was not a factor when deciding how much to supply back.
“The only thing I relied on was what I thought was fair for students,” she said.
Staubus and Hyatte each filed separate lawsuits in Hennepin County District Court in 2020. Hyatte initially sought refunds for both tuition and student fees, but a judge dismissed the tuition claim, and the two cases were consolidated.
District Judge Laurie Miller granted class certification last week, which will allow all similarly situated students to be treated equally, depending on the outcome of the case.
If the class representatives win at trial or reach a settlement with the U, more than 60,000 students throughout the five-campus system – anyone who was charged mandatory fees that semester – stand to get paid.
A spokesman for the U declined to comment, noting that the U has a motion pending before the court that could resolve the case in its favor.
The class action is one of hundreds like it throughout the country, some of which have resulted in payouts. Rutgers University, for one, agreed to a $5 million settlement, which is roughly $60 per student.
One of the local attorneys for the class, Matt Morgan with the Nichols Kaster law firm in Minneapolis, did not return a phone message. Also serving as class counsel are Minneapolis-based Pearson, Simon & Warshaw; the Chicago-based Stephan Zouras; and New York-based Sultzer Law Group and Leeds Brown.
Students pursuing secondary teacher certification are required to maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher and cannot receive a grade lower than a “B” in any ESTM, EDUC and EDEX course. For certification, students must complete 38.5 credits of coursework (42.5 credits for MATH majors). In many cases, DragonsTeach coursework overlaps with degree requirements.
In most cases, students can complete the requirements for both an undergraduate degree and Pennsylvania teaching certification by their projected graduation date. However, depending on the program of study and the timing of entrance into the program, a additional post baccalaureate term(s) may be required to complete the requirements for Pennsylvania teaching certification.
Please review the "Teacher Certification Forms” section of the School of Education’s website for a complete list of all forms and tests necessary for secondary teacher certification.
By law (PA School Code §1202), all standard instructional certificate holders must be U.S. citizens. The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) will, however, allow non-U.S. citizens to teach under an “Alien Provisional Certification” for a maximum of six years. The Alien Provisional certificate will convert to a standard certificate once U.S. citizenship is attained. If U.S. citizenship is not obtained during the six year period, the candidate will no longer be legally eligible to continue employment. In order to qualify for an Alien Provisional Certificate, the candidate must:
Teaching certification requirements vary from state to state and some states do not have a U.S. citizenship requirement to become certified to teach. We are willing and able to provide students who complete the DragonsTeach certification requirements (including student teaching) with a formal letter documenting the completion of a Pennsylvania-approved teacher certification program and verifying their preparation for the teaching profession. The U.S. Department of Education (DoE) offers a map to assist students in linking directly to departments of education and bureaus of professional certification in other states. You may also find the following websites useful:
New Jersey Department of Education Certification & Induction
Delaware Department of Education Teacher Licensure
International students that wish to participate in the DragonsTeach program should schedule a consultation with Drexel’s International Students and Scholar Services Office (ISSS). Before reaching out to the ISSS office, please talk to the DragonsTeach advisor to have a discussion about your options.
3210 Chestnut Street Creese Student Center, Suite 215
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Hours: Monday–Friday: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Walk-in Advising Hours: Monday–Friday: 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
If you are a prospective recipient of a New York State teaching certification (including administrative/school leadership and pupil personnel services professionals) you will apply through the New York State Education Department (NYSED) using the TEACH System.
The Student Registration and Records Services role in the certification process is limited to supporting recommendations at the point of degree conferral, providing program codes for SUNY Cortland programs and processing TEACH account authorizations. To speak with a trained counselor, and for most other types of student certification support, please review the Career Services Office site or contact the Career Services office for assistance.
Graduate and undergraduate students will be sent instructions and program codes in their Cortland email inbox after they have submitted the TEACH authorization form. If you are a graduate student, you must complete a an authorization for your current graduate level credential, even if you completed an authorization at Cortland previously.
Student loan interest rates have climbed in the last year as the Fed has increased interest rates to combat inflation. Though rates have gone up, they are still currently some of the lowest we’ve seen in history. Before taking out student loans, there are important things to consider, particularly in this volatile economic climate.
In fall 2020, colleges and universities opened their classrooms and dorm rooms again, with noticeable trends (both expected and unexpected) following soon after. Within the first few weeks of resuming classes, as expected, many schools had postponed sports, reported widespread quarantines, and switched in-person classes to virtual.
All months of payment suspension will count as “qualifying payments” for borrowers working toward forgiveness under the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program or on an income-driven repayment (IDR) plan. Borrowers who have worked for eligible employers and have either FFEL, Perkins Loans, or Direct Loans, need to submit a PSLF application by Oct. 31, 2022, to take advantage of a limited PSLF waiver that gives borrowers credit for pay periods that would normally not count toward the 120 qualifying payments they need to receive loan forgiveness.
Less expected were the trends with enrollment. Many thought that community colleges would see higher enrollment during the pandemic, but data showed that fall enrollment was up for some large public universities, while enrollment at community colleges that serve many low-income students was down as much as 30%.
In the spring of 2022, enrollment continued to exhibit worsening trends with total post-secondary enrollment falling to 16.2 million, a one-year decline of 4.1%. This follows a 3.5% drop in the year prior. The bulk of the drop was in undergraduate enrollment; 4.7% from the prior year. The amount of individuals enrolled in undergraduate programs is 9.4% smaller than before the pandemic.
Try to take out no more in student loans than what you expect to make in your first year out of school.
Student debt continues to be an epidemic in our society. Since the 2007–2008 Great Recession, federal funding for public universities has decreased by 22%, while tuition costs have risen by 27%. This has led to student loan debt that has surpassed $1.6 trillion. The debt may get worse if the education system is forced to undergo more budget cuts and more unemployed Americans take advantage of low interest rates to go back to school.
Beginning July 1, 2022, federal student loan rates for undergraduate loans are 4.99%, graduate loan rates are 6.54%, and parent PLUS loan rates are 7.54%. There is an origination fee of 1.057% for federal direct subsidized loans and direct unsubsidized loans, in addition to 4.228% for parent PLUS loans. This fee isn’t added to your repayment; rather, it’s deducted from your initial loan disbursement.
Private lenders set a range for interest rates. Your actual rate will be based on the creditworthiness of you and your cosigner. According to Bankrate, private student loan annual percentage rates (APRs) are currently:
|Loan Type||Fixed APR||Variable APR|
|Undergraduate and Graduate||3.22% to 13.95%||1.84% to 13.85%|
|Refinance||2.99% to 9.93%||2.49% to 8.24%|
Federal student loans and most private student loans use a simple interest formula to calculate student loan interest. This formula consists of multiplying your outstanding principal balance by the interest rate factor and multiplying that result by the number of days since you made your last payment.
The interest rate factor is used to calculate the amount of interest that accrues on your loan. It is determined by dividing your loan’s interest rate by the number of days in the year.
Federal student loan interest rates for the fall are determined by the 10-year Treasury note auction every May, plus a fixed increase with a cap.
Private student loan interest rates are determined by each lender based on market factors and the borrower’s and cosigner’s creditworthiness. Most private lenders also offer a variable interest rate, which typically fluctuates monthly or quarterly with overnight lending rates such as the Secured Overnight Financing Rate (SOFR).
While federal student loans don’t take into account credit scores and income, these factors play a big role in private lenders’ decisions. Students who don’t meet lenders’ credit requirements will need a cosigner. The 2017 Annual Report of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Student Loan Ombudsman noted that more than 90% of private student loans were made with a cosigner; however, even if you don’t have a good credit score or cosigner, there are lenders that offer student loans for bad credit and student loans without a cosigner.
Federal student loan rates beginning July 1, 2022:
With federal student loan rates still relatively low when compared to historic levels, now might be a good time to take out a student loan. Always exhaust all your options for federal student loans first by using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form, then research the best private student loans to fill in any gaps. Whether you choose federal or private loans, only take out what you need and can afford to repay.
If you have private student loans, this may be a great time to refinance. All of the best student loan refinance companies are offering competitive rates and can cater to unique debt situations.
Branded Content by Cosmic Press
Brain Power Wellness, a holistic, school-based wellness organization, works hard to educate and train educators, parents, and coaches on how to help students learn to regulate their emotions. In the unprecedented times that we live in, this is an essential skill that all children should learn, but they need the help of the adults around them to do so.
There are many ways Brain Power Wellness offers support in schools, including classroom visits and retreats. In this article, Brain Power Wellness reviews two important training pieces: the Certified Teacher Leader program and the Student Leadership Program.
One of the main ways that Brain Power Wellness helps adults support children in this regard is through its Certified Teacher Leader program. This program helps adults gain the professional skills necessary to effectively share the Brain Power Wellness holistic wellness and training system with organizations and schools in your community.
A unique portion of the BPW program is sustainability, and BPW accomplishes that by training a select number of teachers through the Certified Teacher Leader (CTL). For this program, schools are able to send staff members to get trained on how to facilitate a vibrant program school-wide. Participants attend a retreat with other Level 1 trainees and receive valuable training and resources they can share with students, parents, and colleagues.
Once trainees have attended the retreat, they can participate in monthly reinforcement sessions that will support the application of what they learned at the retreat.
The CTL retreats include brain break activities revolving around the Brain Power 10 themes, including mindfulness, team building, and SEL. These retreats are held two to three times per year.
Another way Brain Power Wellness offers support is within schools. In this way, BPW implemented a Student Leadership Program, coaching up to 25 students with natural leadership abilities in each participating school.
Many of these students have shown problematic behaviors in the past. With help from BPW’s Student Leadership Program, these students learn ways to lead other students and promote a positive school culture. Ways these students can lead the rest of the student body include routines and exercises for large gatherings such as assemblies or even in the cafeteria.
The Student Leadership Program training begins with an eight-hour workshop given in two-hour increments that include complementary reinforcement and a full-day leadership & celebration retreat. After the initial workshops are concluded, the staff of Brain Power Wellness reviews the material and training in follow-up visits.
Brain Power Wellness is a school-based wellness company that supports healthier school environments. Transforming partner schools through self-development, mindfulness, community building, retreats, SEL, holistic wellness, and brain training, Brain Power Wellness helps teachers, students, parents, and administrators. Since 2007, it has impacted more than 25,000 teachers and half a million students in 500 schools worldwide.
NORTHAMPTON, MA / ACCESSWIRE / November 8, 2022 / Qualcomm Technologies expanded access to STEM education worldwide with the launch of its new 5G training university program. The company launched the program in the fall of 2021 through the Qualcomm Wireless Academy (QWA), the company's educational and training branch.
What is QWA's 5G University Training Program?
QWA's university program gives students around the world the opportunity to receive 5G training and certification from industry-leading engineers at Qualcomm Technologies. While this training normally costs hundreds of dollars per course, university students can receive two QWA 5G training courses for free. After enrolling in their free training, students may then pay a small fee ($29) to enroll in the company's 5G Introductory-Level Certification exam. If they pass the exam, students will receive an official certification from a 5G industry leader.
By taking this training and becoming certified by Qualcomm Technologies, students enhance their 5G knowledge, skills, and professional portfolios, and begin to arm themselves with the tools they need to optimize 5G technology in the workplace.
In addition to receiving 5G training and certification, as a part of this program, students in North America may upload their resumes for Qualcomm recruiters to view, offering students a valuable networking opportunity.
How Does QWA's University Program Work?
This program is open to any full-time university student around the world, including students studying for an Associate's, Bachelor's, Master's, or PhD degree. The following is a breakdown of how the program works:
Register for the Program: Students may click on the following links to learn more and register:
Students in North America
Students Outside North America
Enroll in the Free Training: Once students register for their courses, a QWA representative will email them with instructions for accessing the learning material.
Enroll in QWA's 5G Introductory-Level Certification Exam: Upon completing their training, students may enroll in QWA's 5G Introductory-Level Certification exam. Instructions for enrolling are on the links listed in first step above.
Receive a Qualcomm Technologies Certificate: If students pass their exam, they will receive a Qualcomm Technologies 5G Introductory-Level Certificate. They may post this certificate on their resumes, CVs, LinkedIn profiles, and/or wherever they choose.
Expanding to Diverse and Exciting Student Populations:
QWA's 5G university training program has grown rapidly since its launch. In the first year of the program, QWA engaged more than 1,500 students from more than 125 universities worldwide. These students also represented roughly 45 different majors from across the academic spectrum and came from a wide range of Associate's, Bachelor's, Master's, and PhD programs. As the program grows, QWA is expanding its reach across the world, with specific focuses in India, Southeast Asia, and Africa.
For more information about QWA's university program - or if a university is interested in taking part in this initiative - please email email@example.com.
View additional multimedia and more ESG storytelling from Qualcomm on 3blmedia.com.
View source version on accesswire.com:
TLS Academy Pte Ltd has been awarded the EduTrust certification by the Committee for Private Education (CPE), a government agency that regulates the Private Education sector in Singapore.
The EduTrust Certification Scheme is a quality assurance scheme to distinguish private schools that are able to maintain a high standard of quality in the overall provision of education services and to make continual improvements that lead to positive student outcomes.
There are 7 criteria under the EduTrust Certification Scheme: Management Commitment and Responsibilities, Corporate Governance and Administration, External Recruitment Agents, Student Protections and Support Services, Academic Processes and Student Assessment, Achievement of Student and Graduate Outcomes, Quality Assurance, and Monitoring and Results.
With the Edu-Trust certification, international students can benefit from the Singapore private education in the country. TLS Academy can help foreigners living outside of Singapore to apply for a Student’s Pass to study in the country.
Individualised and Holistic Education
At TLS Academy, learning is individualised to suit each and every student’s pace. Every student is encouraged to learn more actively and independently and nurtured to love learning that stays with them throughout their lives.
The Singapore private school’s holistic and individualised approach to learning allows it to cater to each child’s academic, social and psychological needs. The needs of each student are met at their individual performance levels. Each student advances through the curriculum at their optimum rate of achievement. Depending on the student’s rate of academic development and level of motivation, he or she may graduate before or beyond his or her chronological age.
“At TLS Academy, we see every child as a gem, being turned over to us to be polished. Every child is created by God as a unique individual, with specific learning styles. This calls for an approach and a programme that is designed and geared to meet the learning needs of every individual child.
We see potential in every child that comes to us and we endeavour to bring out the very best in him/ her. Our staff is trained to identify the sore points, treat them and then strengthen them. The children eventually become independent learners. They were given fish, but, eventually, they become fishers.” said Principal, Ms. Esther Koh.
Eligibility & Enrolment
TLS Academy is open to receive students from Singapore and overseas.
The basic entry requirements for TLS Academy are:
• Ability to read, write, speak and understand English.
• Undergo an ACE® Diagnostic Test in order to determine performance level and learning gaps.
For Singaporeans, under the Compulsory Education Act, we are unable to accept them until they have obtained withdrawal approval from the public school they are attending. At the same time, TLS Academy will seek approval for their enrolment from the Ministry of Education.
For foreigners living outside of Singapore, who require a Student’s Pass in Singapore, TLS Academy, being an EduTrust-certified Private Education Institution (PEI) in Singapore, is able to help with the application.
For enrolment inquiries, please email [email protected] or visit https://tlsacademy.org
ABOUT TLS ACADEMY
TLS Academy is an EduTrust-certified Singapore private school that provides individualised and holistic private education for both local and international students. The school adopts an independent and holistic learning programme that is built on Christian principles. It caters to students from Grade 1 to Grade 12 (equivalent to primary to post-secondary education). Upon completion, graduating students will receive an American High School Diploma.
Since its inception, TLS Academy has enrolled over 200 international students from over 20 nationalities.
Company Name: TLS Academy Pte Ltd
Contact Person: Rodney Chua, Director of Growth
Email: Send Email
Nov. 30—On Nov. 15, Midland College students enrolled in the dual credit Patient Care Technician program took the National Health Career Association Phlebotomy Certification exam, a press release stated.
Ninety-two percent of the students passed the test during this first attempt.
"Kudos to the amazing teachers — Stephanie Gilbreath and Maci Day," Wendy Wood-Collins, MC dean of Health Sciences Dual Credit and Continuing Education, stated in the press release. "Never has a group of students been more supported and encouraged, and it paid off. A 92 percent pass rate is definitely something to celebrate!"
The Midland College Patient Care Technician program is a dual credit program where high school students receive both college and high school credit. These students are seniors at MISD high schools and began the program last year.
During the spring semester, they passed the Certified Nurse Aide exam, and this year, in addition to the Phlebotomy Certification exam, they will also take the EKG Technician Certification test and a comprehensive Patient Care Technician Certification exam.
"Once these students pass all certifications—by the time they finish high school, they will not only have 15 hours of college credit, but also be eligible for employment as a Patient Care Technician," Wood-Collins stated in the press release. "They will have competencies beyond that of a Nurse Aide with the scope of a variety of patients ranging from pediatrics to emergency room and critical care. Many of them also choose to continue their education in healthcare fields such as nurses, respiratory care technicians, radiography technicians, paramedics and even physicians. By taking healthcare courses in high school, these students are able to explore the many exciting career opportunities available in the healthcare industry."