Feds Adjust PLUS Loan Eligibility Standards, Questions Linger Over Timing, Reporting

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The Department of Education today announced its plans to adjust terms of eligibility for its PLUS Loan program. According to a release, the new standards will allow borrowers with less than $2,085 of outstanding debt to qualify for the loan programs without being flagged for adverse credit history.
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Ann Walton Kroenke – At $5.1 Billion, World’s Wealthiest HBCU Graduate

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HBCU Money today reports on new revelations about unknown wealth in the HBCU community. Ann Walton Kroenke, daughter of Walmart co-founder James Walton and wife of real estate mogul Stan Kroenke, is the world’s wealthiest HBCU graduate with an estimated personal net worth of $5.1 billion.
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Memphis Pakistani Association Endows Scholarship at Lemoyne-Owen

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Leadership of the Pakistani Association of Memphis this week joined administrators at LeMoyne-Owen College to endow a scholarship fund at the school. The group contributed $5,000 and pledged continued fundraising for LOC juniors and seniors who maintain at least a 3.2 grade point average.
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Anonymous Donor Gives $2.1 Million to Virginia Union

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An anonymous donor donated $2.1 million to Virginia Union University earlier this month, the largest single gift in the university’s history and the final payment settling the $2 million debt for VUU’s Living and Learning Center.
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Hampton Awarded DHHS Grant to Expand Training for Mental Health Counselors

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The US Department of Health and Human Services awarded Hampton University a three-year, $986,845 grant to train mental health counselors in the region.
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Howard Education Dean Appointed to Smithsonian Advisory Committee

fenwick2014Howard University School of Education Dean Leslie T. Fenwick was recently appointed to the Scholarly Advisory Committee of the Smithsonian National Museum for African-American History and Culture.
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Synthia Saint James is America’s HBCU ‘Artist-in-Residence’

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What began as a special commissioned work of art for Bennett College President Rosalind Fuse-Hall has turned into a growing call for acclaimed visual artist Synthia Saint James to add her signature style to HBCU presidential inaugurations and institutional history.
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Hinds CC Hosts Youth Leadership Conference

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Personal responsibility was the lead topic for more than 300 Mississippi high school student leaders earlier this month at Hinds Community College, as the two-year HBCU hosted its 21st annual student leadership forum on Oct. 10.
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Pioneering Educator, Dillard and Fisk Alum Norward Roussell Dies

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Dr. Norward Roussell,  a graduate of Dillard University and Fisk University and the first African-American superintendent of schools in Selma, Al., died Monday at the age of 80.
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NCA&T’s Jelani Elom Headed to London Film School

Elom portrait_web_130x129North Carolina A&T State University alumnus and aspiring filmmaker Jelani Elom may have been rejected by several domestic film schools, but will soon begin his journey to Hollywood at one of the world’s most prestigious institutes of cinematic arts – the London Film School.
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