COVID-19 has changed ‘get out the vote’ efforts on college campuses: Goodbye knocking on dorms, hello Instagram Live

Last fall, when Breanna Brown wanted to talk to her fellow students about voting, the then-freshman at Wayne State University would walk into a lecture hall (with the professor’s permission) and extol the virtues of civic participation before class started. 

In between classes, she and other organizers would “table” in highly trafficked areas, and guide students as they filled out a voter registration form on a friend’s computer. “We would have everybody touching that laptop,” Brown said. “That’s nothing you would ever imagine now.” 

Like most things during the pandemic era, the candidate forums, residence hall canvassing and other typical election season activity on college campuses has gone digital. As such, Brown, who works as a fellow for Rise, an advocacy organization focused on college affordability and other youth and student issues, has shifted her strategy from last year. 

Breanna Brown is working digitally to get out the vote on

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University warns about college students trying to contract COVID-19 to make money donating plasma with antibodies

Brigham Young University-Idaho warned on Monday about accounts of college students “intentionally” trying to contract COVID-19 in order to make money by donating plasma with antibodies. 

The Idaho university issued a statement saying officials were “deeply troubled” by the alleged behavior and “is actively seeking evidence of such conduct among our student body.”

Students who are determined to have intentionally exposed themselves or others to the virus will be immediately suspended from the university and may be permanently dismissed,” the university stated.

“The contraction and spread of COVID-19 is not a light matter,” the statement continued. “Reckless disregard for health and safety will inevitably lead to additional illness and loss of life in our community.”

University officials noted that they had previously cautioned last month that if Idaho or Madison County continue to experience surges in cases, the university may have to switch to fully online learning. 

The release

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Online College Supplies Checklist

Online College Supplies Checklist

Most college students seek the “college experience”—whatever that is exactly. Let’s just say COVID-19 is giving you one of the most unique college experiences. Whether you planned on doing some or all of your classes online, the novel Coronavirus forced millions of students into online classes. While you might need a backpack, notebooks, and pens, online classes require some unique supplies. We put together an online college supplies checklist for you; check it out below.

A Designated “Classroom”

One of the biggest mistakes you can make during online classes is not having a routine. A vital part of your routine is your workplace or “classroom.” Nothing about our current climate is normal, so you need to try to recreate a normal routine. Find a place in your home that you can consider your classroom; that way you’re in the right mindset each time you go to that place.

All the

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Leaving college amid coronavirus? Getting a reimbursement could be difficult

COVID-19 threw a wrench in many students’ plans. Here’s how to get a tuition refund. (iStock)

By nearly all measures, the coronavirus pandemic’s impact on the U.S. economy, and Americans’ wallets, has been catastrophic.

About 12.58 million Americans were collecting unemployment insurance in the week ending September 19, according to the U.S. Department of Labor’s weekly jobless claims report. Meanwhile, 32% of people surveyed by Apartment List said they entered August with unpaid housing bills from the prior month. And, to avoid mortgage foreclosure or eviction, millions of Americans have taken on credit card debt over the past six months to make ends meet.

Student loan borrowers are getting hit hard as well and with U.S. student debt reaching an all-time high of nearly $1.5 trillion in November 2019, the situation is dire.

Furthermore, the coronavirus crisis has upended the way students attend college, with universities across the

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An affordable way to make college free

When the coronavirus pandemic sent students home in March, colleges scrambled to move courses online. 

Administrators, professors and students griped that the hastily developed remote classes were inferior to what was offered in-person, and often a worse experience than classes developed to be taught online. Jokes about Zoom University bounced around social media, and some families sued colleges, arguing they shouldn’t have to pay full tuition for what they viewed as a lesser education. 

But what if every college in the country didn’t have to invest time and money into transitioning their Econ 101 or English 101 courses to the web? What if students could continue to progress toward their degree affordably from home? 

These were some of the questions that popped into Suzanne Kahn’s head as she watched the rapid move to remote education and colleges — whose already shaky business model was pushed to the brink by the

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Covid-19 will make college admissions even easier for the elite

The idea of pure meritocracy has always been a fantasy, of course. The offspring of alumni often get an especially close look, some colleges give an advantage to students who can pay full tuition or close to it, and top-notch students can lose out to weaker ones who fill key roster spots on athletic teams. But one thing that surprised me during the year I spent inside the selection process at three top-ranked institutions, to research a book, was how often admissions officers were evaluating high schools as much as they were students. It’s that tendency that is going to make life more difficult this year for bright students from high schools without a track record of sending lots of people to competitive colleges.

Selective colleges — by which I mean the 200 or so institutions that accept fewer than half the students who apply — have a long tradition

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5 Mistakes College Students Make With Credit Cards

When you were dreaming about being in college, attending via Zoom was probably not what you had in mind.

I know it must be frustrating, but the current state of affairs will come to an end at some point. In the meantime, you can make the best of your extended stay at home by using the time to learn how credit cards work.

If you think about it, getting to know credit cards while your parents are there to answer all of your questions is kind of ideal. Let me be clear, though. You might not be ready for a credit card in your own name at the start of your freshman year.

But if you had a few years of college under your belt before the pandemic closed down your campus, you could be ready for the responsibility, especially if you’ve been an authorized user on your parents’ credit

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Beverly Students Make Their Marks In College

BEVERLY, MA — The school year may look a lot of different for college students this fall but there are some Beverly students who are managing to make their mark amid the coronavirus health crisis.

Chrisstopher Morse recently matriculated as a first-year student at Hamilton College. Morse, a graduate of Phillips Academy, was selected from a pool of 7,443 applicants to the college, and joins a class of 470.

Originally founded in 1793 as the Hamilton-Oneida Academy, Hamilton College offers an open curriculum that gives students the freedom to shape their own liberal arts education within a research-and writing-intensive framework.

Hamilton enrolls 1,850 students from 49 states and 49 countries.

Remy Normand serves as a peer mentor for first-year students at the University of Vermont College of Nursing and Health Sciences for the 2020-21 academic year. Known as “LINKS,” mentors provide first-year students with friendship, guidance and a connection to

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5 Ways to Avoid Debt if You Are Dropping Out of College

You’ve read the stories about college dropouts who ended up becoming wildly successful people — you know, people like Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg.

All that cramming for the latest exam might have you thinking about dropping out of college yourself, and you probably aren’t the only one in your class.

Of the approximately 2 million people who start college each year in the United States, one-third have not earned a formal credential and aren’t enrolled eight years later, according to the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center.

But even if you’ve decided that a college degree is nothing more than a piece of paper, there’s the small — or not so small — matter of how much you owe.

If you took out student loans to finance your college education, dropping out could have severe financial consequences.

Borrowers who don’t complete their degree are three times more likely to default

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How hunger has reached crisis level on college campuses (exclusive)

Yahoo Life has partnered with Emmy- and Peabody Award-winning broadcaster Soledad O’Brien for the exclusive premiere of the documentary Hungry to Learn (watch above). O’Brien and her team followed four college students facing the hard choice of paying for college or paying for food and housing. She discovered that an astounding 45 percent of college students are struggling with hunger. In the article below, O’Brien reports on how the hunger crisis is escalating this fall as most campuses open remotely because of COVID-19, leaving financially struggling students with no place to live or eat.

When Isabella Moles started the 2019-20 school year at Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove, Pa., her grades were rising. She was a leader in her sorority and on her campus. She had two jobs and a car. The school had found scholarship money to address her most vexing problem: food and housing costs she couldn’t afford because

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