By Kelly Field
“Student and consumer groups, worried that the Education Department is considering softening its proposed ‘gainful employment’ rule, are challenging a study that suggests that demographics drive student outcomes. In a brief published on Wednesday, the group Young Invincibles argues that the study, which was commissioned by the Association of Proprietary Colleges and published in May, suffers from methodological flaws and a ‘biased framing of the results.’” Read more here.
Young Invincibles’ Deputy Director Rory O’Sullivan writes for The Hill’s Congress Blog on student loan refinancing as it comes up for a vote this week in the U.S. Senate:
“The soaring cost of college and static federal financial aid support have left millions of students with no option but to take out private loans to pay for college. This has severe financial consequences. Unlike federal loans, private loans lack protections like interest rate caps or income-based repayment programs that reduce monthly bills. That can mean hundreds of dollars more per month in payments that many borrowers simply can’t afford.” Read more here.
By Marlon Marshall, Special Assistant to the President and Principal Deputy Director of Public Engagement for The White House, and Jen Mishory, Executive Director of Young Invincibles
“If you’re turning 26 this year, then you know that 1988 was more than just the year the movie Big premiered or that Michael Jackson sang Man in the Mirror—it’s the year you were born!” Read more here.
Young Invincibles’ Digital Outreach Manager and Texas-native Jessica Adair writes for the Burnt Orange Report about today’s hearing in the Texas Senate Committee on Health and Human Services, addressing those who currently fall in the state’s “coverage gap”:
“Newly appointed Chairman of the Senate Health and Human Services Committee, Senator Charles Schwertner, is holding a hearing at the Capitol today on the state of health insurance in Texas. This hearing will set the tone for what’s bound to be a long debate over how to cover millions of uninsured Texans, while managing the cost of health care. Here’s how we got here, and here’s what you should keep in mind.” Read more here.
Young Invincibles’ Press Secretary Colin Seeberger kicks off our new monthly feature in emPower Magazine with a column on his experience with the complicated FAFSA form and how students facing the same problems can become involved in Young Invincibles’ Student Impact Project:
“This fall, over 13 million 18- to 24-year-olds across the country will go to college in pursuit of the American Dream by earning a degree. Unfortunately, they will graduate, on average, with more student loan debt than any earlier generation. And many will leave school without completing their degree due to financial hardship. But there are steps we can take to do something about that.” Read more here.
As part of Morning Edition’s youth unemployment series, NPR’s David Greene spoke with Young Invincibles’ Deputy Director Rory O’Sullivan about broader credentialing options that exist for graduating high school students, the disproportionate ratio of students to guidance counselors, and optimism moving forward for today’s job-seeking millennials:
La Coordinador de Alcance y Medios de Comunicación en Español de Young Invincibles, María Beltrán, hablo con Enrique Chiabra de Univision Notivalle sobre como obtener cobertura médica a través del Período Especial de Inscripción para las personas que enfrentan particulares circunstancias, a continuación:
By Margaret Barthel
“Meet Steve and Kwame, two fictional guys who just graduated from the University of Maryland. Almost everything about them is weirdly identical—they majored in the same subject, they got the same grades in college, they have the same bullet points on their resumes—but Kwame is African American and Steve is white. Now, they’re both spending their post-pomp-and-circumstance summer looking for jobs. Do they have the same employment prospects?” Read more here.