YCBK 97: Why is EFC So Important?

In this week's episode you will hear

In the News (7:07): In this week’s news segment, an article from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, “Unkept Promises: State Cuts to Higher Education Threaten Access and Equity”, by Michael Mitchell, Michael Leachman, Kathleen Masterson, and Samantha Waxman. State funding for public two- and four-year colleges in the school year ending in 2018 was more than $7 billion below its 2008 level. This article makes the case that funding has only rebounded slightly for colleges and universities and why lawmakers need to reinvest in public higher education with increased funding and better financial aid policies. We discuss which states have made the largest cuts and which states have increased tuition the most (Length 17:45).
https://www.cbpp.org/research/state-budget-and-tax/unkept-promises-state-cuts-to-higher-education-threaten-access-and

Chapter 97 of 171 Answers (24:52): We are in Chapter 97 of 171 Answers and Mark explains how your Expected Family Contribution is calculated and why it is important for you to understand.

171 Answers to the Most-Asked College Admission Questions
Mark explains the difference between the Federal Method and the Institutional Method. Mark also explains why EFC is such a confusing concept for people to properly understand. (Length 20:37)

This week’s question (45:29) asks if a student should leave the question about race and ethnicity blank on their college application.

Question
Mark shares the perspective a recently articulated by an AO at a highly selective school and Mark makes the point that a lot of times an AO will be very PC when this question is asked. (Length 11:41)

This week’s interview (57:10) Mark kicks off his interview with Emily Griffin, Director of the Loeb Center for Career Exploration and Planning, at Amherst College in – How can you evaluate and fully utilize a college’s career center - Part 1. In Part 1, Emily covers the following areas:

Emily Griffin
Emily starts off by sharing her backstory with all of its twists and turns
What services do college career centers provide?
What are the student facing vs employer facing components of the work of the Career Center

Mark’s recommended resource of the week (1:05:37) The recommended resource for episode 97 is the following eight minute video that looks at the pros and cons of the three biggest MOOCS-Cousera, EdX and Udacity https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0fp60iHV7Rk

College Spotlight: The College Spotlight is Seton Hall University

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