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8-year-old admitted to college after inspiring pep talk

An 8-year-old was offered admission into a Texas university after her mother sent the school a video of the girl.

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Jordin Phipps proudly sported a University of North Texas T-shirt while talking to the camera as her mother recorded her. 

"(I'm going to) start my day in a positive way," Phipps said. "I will be respectful with the words I say. I will pay attention, and I will do my best, and I will study hard for every test."

The motivational pep talk was a presentation of a daily message that Phipps and her classmates at Watson Technology Center in Garland, Texas, recite at school.

"I will take advantage of what my teachers have to give. I will become a productive citizen in this world," Phipps said. "I am smart. I am a leader. Failure is not an option for me. Success is only moments away. I have the attitude of a North Texas eagle."

After seeing the video, UNT officials surprised Phipps at an assembly at her school and awarded her a $10,000 Presidential Excellence award, which is normally given to high school seniors. She was also guaranteed a spot in UNT's class of 2030.

Phipps' mother, Nichole Smith, is a University of North Texas alumna.

MEAN GREEN PRIDE: 8-year-old Jordin is our new favorite person.  Her mom just sent us this adorable and inspiring video of her.  We can't wait to have her on campus!Posted by University of North Texas on Friday, September 23, 2016

SCHOLARSHIP WINNER: Congrats to the latest student admitted to UNT, 8-year-old Jordin!  We got to surprise her today at...Posted by University of North Texas on Thursday, September 29, 2016

College freshman receives list of demands from roommate before move-in

As school gears up across the country in August and September, many college freshmen prepare for a significant transition, with many moving away from home for the first time and opportunities to meet lots of new people. 

While some college students choose to live with friends or other people they know, others choose random roommate options and live with people they have never met before. Many parents encourage the choice, saying it's a chance for lifelong friendships to form with unlikely people. 

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One incoming UCLA freshman might not be looking forward to moving in.

The student, identified only as Winnie, posted a photo of an email she received from one of her soon-to-be-roommates. 

The roommate, identified as Ashly, states that she previously sent an email to Winnie and one other girl and makes it clear that she's unhappy that the two hadn't replied to her initial email. 

"Okay, so, I'm not sure why neither of you responded back to my emails," she wrote. "I don’t like being ignored because that's just rude, but that's what you both decided to do, so I decided to make it clear now on the kind of person I am and what I will and will not take."

Ashly then launches into her preferences upon move-in:

"I'll take the top bunk. I DO NOT want the single bunk where it has a desk underneath the top bunk so don't try to leave me that. I'm also taking one of the white closets ... I want the desk that's near the window. Plain and simple. I don't care about who gets the bottom bunk, but just know that what I stated above is what I'm expecting once I arrive at the dorm."

Ashly also said that she wouldn't "be in the mood for any arguing or other nonsense."

"I'm not going to settle for anything less," she wrote, later saying that she was "sorry but not that sorry for the attitude."

The third roommate, Guistinna Tun, replied to Ashly's email the next day, saying she and Winnie were willing to compromise, but didn't appreciate Ashly's tone, Fox News reported.

The news organization said Ashly's response was a little more docile.

"I'm also really chill too, but as you can see from my previous email, I am like a ticking time bomb that sets off when things I don't like happen to me," she wrote.

Winnie wrote on Twitter that she plans to move into the dorm on Thursday.

Here's Ashly's email in full:

"Okay so I’m not sure why neither of you responded back to my emails, but I don’t really care as long as you both know this and understand that I’m not going to settle for anything less than what I’m gonna tell you that I’m gonna get once I arrive in the dorm. I’ll take the top bunk. I DO NOT want the single bunk where it has a desk underneath the top bunk so don’t try to leave me that. I’m also taking one of the white closets. There should be two white closes and I’m taking one of them. I don’t care which one it is, just know I’m taking one of them.

"I want the desk that’s near the window. Plain and simple. I don’t care about who gets the bottom bunk but just know that what I stated above is what I’m expecting once I arrive at the dorm and I won’t be in the mood for any arguing or other nonsense because one of you two decided to deliberately disregard this email. IF needed be I’ll turn it into a bigger situation so don’t try me.

"Sorry but not that sorry for the attitude. I don’t like being ignored because that’s just rude but that’s what you both decided to do so I decided to make it clear now on the kind of person I am and what I will and will not take.

"So as a final reminder: I am getting the top bunk of the bunk bed with the bed on the bottom, I am getting one of the white closes and I’m getting the desk near the window. That’s fair enough to ask considering that I’m giving up fighting for the top bunk."

University of Chicago won't support 'trigger warnings,' 'intellectual safe spaces'

A letter sent out by University of Chicago officials warned incoming students that they won't find any "intellectual safe spaces" on the school's campus.

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The letter goes on to acknowledge that the university is committed to "freedom of inquiry and expression" and encourages each student to challenge and broaden their perspectives on issues.

"You will find that we expect members of our community to be engaged in rigorous debate, discussion and even disagreement," the letter read. "At times, this may challenge you and even cause discomfort.

"Our commitment to academic freedom means that we do not support so-called 'trigger warnings,' we do not cancel invited speakers because their topics might prove controversial, and we do not condone the creation of intellectual 'safe spaces' where individuals can retreat from ideas and perspectives at odds with their own."

The letter pointed students to more information on freedom of expression and quotes a former president of the university, Hanna Holborn Gray, as saying that "education should not be intended to make people comfortable, it is meant to make them think."

The University of Chicago is ranked as one of the top and most selective universities in the country. Less than 8 percent of the more than 31,000 people who applied to enter the class of 2020 were accepted by the school, according to The Chicago Maroon.

'Chewbacca mom,' family awarded full scholarships to attend Florida college

After gaining fame for her viral video, Candace Payne, also known as “Chewbacca mom,” and her family are now being offered free education at a Florida university.

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WFTS reported that Southeastern University, a private Christian liberal arts school in Lakeland, Florida, announced that it would pay full tuition for Payne, her two children and her husband to attend the school. Payne, who was vacationing in Florida with her family this week, visited the school and received a tour from its mascot, Scorch.

“How about I make this the best tour ever?” Kent Ingle, Southeastern University president, said to Payne in the video. “Since you’ve been bringing joy and laughter and great inspiration to a lot of people around the world, here at Southeastern we want to do that for you. Our gift to you is to provide you and your family full, tuition-free scholarships.”

Brian Carroll, the school’s executive vice president, told The Ledger that the visit has generated a lot of interest in the school. “My phone has been ringing off the hook,” he said. “It's crazy. (The video) worked out really well for us and, I think, her. We're going to make good on our word (with the scholarships). Why can't we be (like) Oprah?”

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Payne said in a news release from the school that she was excited for her family. “This is such an amazing gift for our family, I’m blown away,” she said. “I mean, my kids’ college is paid for!”

In a segment of "The Late Late Show with James Corden," she drives Corden to work, with “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” director J.J. Abrams in the back seat. She is also set to meet the real Chewbacca. So far, her video has been viewed more than 137 million times, which makes it the most watched Facebook Live video of all time.

Read more at WFTS and The Ledger.

It's the simple joys in life....Posted by Candace Payne on Thursday, May 19, 2016

Malia Obama decides which Ivy League college she'll attend

Malia Obama, 17, will join the Harvard University class of 2021 after taking a gap year, the White House announced Sunday. 

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The decision was made public on May 1, National College Decision Day. 

Harvard accepted 5.2 percent of applicants this year, making this admissions cycle the most selective in its nearly 400-year-long history, The New York Times reported.

Both Barack and Michelle Obama attended Ivy League schools; the president attended Columbia, and the first lady went to Princeton. Both later graduated from Harvard Law School.

“The one thing I’ve been telling my daughters is that I don’t want them to choose a name,” Michelle Obama told Seventeen magazine earlier this year. “I don’t want them to think, ‘Oh, I should go to these top schools.’ We live in a country where there are thousands of amazing universities.”

The teenager visited dozens of schools, including the University of California, Berkeley, Stanford, New York University, the University of Pennsylvania, Barnard, Tufts, Brown, Yale and Wesleyan. The first lady said in September that the family talked over Malia's college plans "every night." 

It's unclear what Malia, who turns 18 on July 4, will do during her gap year. Most people work or travel during a gap year.

It's also unknown what she'll study, but the eldest Obama daughter has expressed interest in working in television and productions. She spent a day in 2014 working as a production assistant on "Extant," a series produced by Obama donor Steven Speilberg that stars Halle Berry. Last year the teenager interned with the HBO series "Girls."

"Just like her father, she is an avid reader, and she enjoys movies and the whole process," Michelle Obama previously told People magazine. The president has described his eldest daughter as someone who never felt comfortable achieving only average scores and grades. 

Earlier in the year President Obama revealed that he declined an offer to speak at Malia's graduation from Sidwell Friends School in June. 

"I'm going to be wearing dark glasses, and I’m going to cry," he said.

He also spoke about his daughters during an interview with Ellen DeGeneres.

"Both of my daughters are wonderful people. Malia's more than ready to leave but I'm not ready for her to leave," he said. "She's one of my best friends. It's going to be hard for me not to have her around all the time, but she's ready to go. She's just a really smart, capable person and she's ready to make her own way."

The Obamas have said they will stay in Washington, D.C. while their youngest daughter, Sasha, 14, finishes school at Sidwell. The president and his wife still own a home in Chicago.

"Our decision has actually presented a bit of a dilemma because traditionally presidents don't stick around after they're done," Obama said at the White House Correspondents' Dinner. "And it's something that I've been brooding about a little bit."

After his speech, the president presented a humorous video about what he could do after leaving office.

Obama administration launches website to help student loan payback

The White House is stepping up efforts to help people repay their student loans.

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About 1 in 7 borrowers default on their federal student loans within just three years of beginning to repay them.

President Barack Obama's administration is launching a new website that clearly outlines income-based repayment plans. It provides personalized repayment plans so Americans can pick what best suits their needs.

Administration officials say income-based repayment plans can slash monthly payments. They extend the repayment period from 10 years to 20 years. Remaining balances of federal loans will be forgiven after 20 years.

Education Secretary John King said the goal is to enroll at least 2 million more borrowers in repayment plans. He told reporters on a conference call that he is still paying back loans that he took out in graduate school. King said the goal is to protect consumers' credit.

Defaulting can damage credit, making it difficult to obtain other types of loans.

More than 40 percent of Americans who borrowed from the government’s student-loan program aren’t making payments or are behind on payments, raising worries that millions may never repay.

Federal student loan debt now exceeds $1.3 trillion.

How to qualify for Obama's new student loan forgiveness initiative

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The Obama administration announced Tuesday a plan to forgive $7.7 billion in federal student loans held by an estimated 387,000 permanently disabled Americans, of which roughly half, 179,000, are in default.

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While the administration tried to streamline the discharge of student loans for the permanently disabled four years ago, few eligible borrowers took advantage. Now, the Department of Education is starting to identify and contact eligible borrowers to help them take the necessary steps to discharge their loans.

“In 2012, the administration took steps to streamline the process to allow for Americans who are totally and permanently disabled (TPD) to use their Social Security designation to apply to have their loans discharged. But too many eligible borrowers were falling through the cracks, unaware they were eligible for relief,” U.S. Education Undersecretary Ted Mitchell said in a prepared statement. “Under the new process, we will notify potentially eligible borrowers about the benefit and guide them through steps needed to discharge their loans, helping thousands of borrowers. Americans with disabilities have a right to student loan relief. And we need to make it easier, not harder, for them to receive the benefits they are due.”

Starting April 18, borrowers identified in the match will receive a letter from the government explaining the steps needed to receive a discharge. They will not be required to submit documentation of their eligibility, unlike disabled borrowers who apply for the discharge on their own. Notification letters will be sent over a 16-week period and will be followed by a second letter after 120 days.

The letters will inform borrowers of the tax implications of the discharge, since the government can tax the loan amount forgiven. While the president’s 2017 budget proposal seeks to exclude TPD discharges and other Department of Education loan forgiveness programs from taxable income, it will require congressional action to make that happen.

What to do if you’re eligible but not contacted

Eligible borrowers who do not receive notification from the Education Department can initiate the necessary steps to have their student loans forgiven by following the steps outlined on an Education Department website:

  1. If you are a veteran, you can submit documentation from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs showing that the VA has determined that you are unemployable because of a service-connected disability.
  2. If you are receiving Social Security disability insurance or Supplemental Security Income benefits, you can submit a Social Security Administration notice of award for SSDI or SSI benefits saying that your next scheduled disability review will be within five to seven years from the date of your most recent SSA disability determination.
  3. You can submit certification from a physician that you are totally and permanently disabled. Your physician must certify that you are unable to engage in any substantial gainful activity by reason of a medically determinable physical or mental impairment that:
  • Can be expected to result in death
  • Has lasted for a continuous period of no less than 60 months
  • Can be expected to last for a continuous period of no fewer than 60 months

Initial notification letters will be sent over a 16-week period and will be followed up with a second letter that will be sent 120 days after the initial letter if a signed application is not received. Notification will also include information to ensure that borrowers understand the potential tax implications of the benefit and can make an informed decision about electing a discharge.

Help for non-eligible student loan borrowers

Defaulting on a loan seriously damages your credit score, and because student loans are rarely discharged in bankruptcy, the debt can haunt borrowers for decades. (You can see how your student loans are currently affecting your credit scores for free on

There are some options for people who are behind on payments to get back on track, even if forgiveness isn’t an option. To get out of default, you can combine eligible loans with a federal Direct Consolidation Loan, or you can go through the government’s default rehabilitation program. If you make nine consecutive on-time payments (the payments can be extremely low), your account goes back into good standing, and the default is removed from your credit report.

Satirical article claims Stanford admitted zero students to class of 2020

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In what has been called a "fun April Fool's" column, the New York Times identifies Stanford University as the most selective institution of higher education in the country after an announcement that it admitted less than five percent of applicants to the class of 2020.

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“We had exceptional applicants, yes, but not a single student we couldn’t live without,” the New York Times reported an anonymous Stanford administrator as saying. “In the stack of applications that I reviewed, I didn’t see any gold medalists from the last Olympics -- Summer or Winter Games -- and while there was a 17-year-old who’d performed surgery, it wasn’t open heart or a transplant or anything like that. She’ll thrive at Yale.”

The article, which has been called satirical but not yet identified as such by the author, Frank Bruni, is intended to bring attention to the "absurdity of college admissions today."

Last year, the Stanford received a record number of applications -- 42,487 -- and invited less than 2,500 high school seniors to join Stanford’s class of 2019.

The five percent admission rate was a record low until this year's 4.69 percent rate. 

“This is the worst thing that has happened to anyone, ever,” Bruni quoted a high school senior from Washington, D.C., as saying. "Whether she accepts an offer of admission from M.I.T. or one from Duke, she’ll defer enrollment and take a gap year to regain her confidence," he wrote, poking fun at the sentiments of discouraged young people and also pointing out the privilege and sense of entitlement stereotypically embraced by many young millennials. 

A total of 1,318 high school seniors were accepted to Sanford's newest undergraduate class on Friday. An additional 745 early action students were accepted in December. The 2,063 admits came from a pool of 43,997 applicants, the largest in Stanford’s history. Anoter 3.6 percent of applicants were given a place on Stanford’s waitlist, according to The Stanford Daily. This year's admits come from 50 states and 76 countries. 

“We are honored by the interest in Stanford and overwhelmed by the exceptional accomplishments of the students admitted to the Class of 2020,” Richard Shaw, Stanford dean of admissions and financial aid, told the Stanford Report. “Our admitted students reflect the deep and profound diversity of the world in which we live. We believe these students will impact that world in immeasurable ways.”

Though rejecting so many applicants seems like grounds for financial concern, Stanford donors haven't pulled back, the New York Times reported. In fact, the rise in the school's donations might be growin "in tandem with its exclusivity."

Admitted students have until May 1 to accept Stanford’s offer.

Read the New York Times piece here.

Survey reports things graduates would do to avoid paying student loans

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If you want to get out of having to pay your student loan debt, you have very few options. Sure, there are student loan forgiveness programs and maybe you could get your employer to help you repay the debt, but for the most part, you’re stuck with those loans until you make the very last payment.

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For many people, starting adulthood tens of thousands of dollars in debt creates this sense of being trapped. As a result, people would do some pretty outlandish things to escape it -- or, at least, they say they would.

LendEDU, an online student loan marketplace, asked student loan borrowers what they’d be willing to do in order to eliminate their debts. The poll isn’t scientific or statistically representative of U.S. student loan borrowers -- the figures come from an online survey of 513 borrowers who have graduated -- but it’s entertaining.

The most common thing student loan borrowers would do in exchange for debt relief? Stay off social media for life. Nearly 58 percent of respondents were willing to do that.

Going without coffee for life came in at a close second.

Respondents had an average of $31,762 in outstanding student loans at the time of the survey, and 57.11 percent said they’d lay off the java for eternity if doing so would eliminate their debts. (It’s interesting to consider that 43 percent of people said they’d rather be in serious debt than take a sip of it again.

Almost as many people -- 56.73 percent -- were willing to trade their debt for a punch from Mike Tyson. People preferred that to giving up alcohol and drugs for life (56.14 percent).

Some less common but no-less-intriguing responses included the following: taking a year off their life expectancy (40.35 percent), giving up texting forever (35.67 percent), naming their first-born daughter Sallie Mae (28.07 percent) and wearing the same outfit every day for the rest of their life (20.47 percent). Things got more extreme from there, with 6.47 percent saying they’d cut off their pinky finger if it meant having no more student loan debt.

It’s unlikely that cutting off a finger would be less painful than repaying student loan debt. Then again, Americans have $1.3 trillion in outstanding education debt. Millions have fallen behind on those loans and face consequences like wage garnishment or losing out on Social Security benefits.

Unpaid student loans can severely damage your credit, which has a huge bearing on several common needs like housing, auto loans and insurance. If you’re having trouble paying your student loans, the first thing to do is reach out to your student loan servicer to find out what options you have for getting back on track, so you can eventually find your way out of debt and fix your credit. You can see how your student loans affect your credit scores by getting two free scores every 30 days on

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