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New Facebook App Seeks to Simplify Financial Aid Process

A new app for the social media giant hopes to make finding scholarships and filling out the FAFSA a lot easier.

Cash-strapped college students will soon have another tool to help them track down financial aid dollars: Facebook. A brand new app set to debut on the social media platform this fall will analyze information on a user's profile page and then present a customized list of grants, scholarships, and other financial aid opportunities. The idea comes from recent University of Nevada, Las Vegas graduate Devin Valencia, who President Clinton announced on Monday as the winner of the "Get Schooled College Affordability Challenge."

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Extra Credit: Ralph Nader Wants to End Athletic Scholarships

It's all about that college degree: what we're reading at GOOD Education HQ.


Just in time for the Elite Eight NCAA games, consumer advocate and former presidential candidate Ralph Nader is calling for an end to college athletic scholarships.

The head of the College Board, 71-year-old Gaston Caperton has announced he's stepping down in 2012. Caperton's held the job since 1999 and has overseen the number of students who take the SAT or AP exam skyrocket from 3 million to 7 million.

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What's the Most Literate City in America?

Seattle's lost the Most Literate City in America crown. Is the rest of America losing the literacy battle?

According to the annual study of America's Most Literate Cities, Washington, D.C., has snatched the literacy crown away from perennial front runner, Seattle. Unfortunately, a closer look at the numbers reveals that nationally, key indicators of literacy are on the decline. The scores that earned D.C. the top spot in 2010 would, in 2004, only be enough to reach 7th place.

Since 2003, the study has measured not whether residents of large—250,000 or more people—cities can read, but if they actually put those literacy skills into practice. The study's author, Dr. John Miller, president of Central Connecticut State University, analyzed "six key indicators of literacy: newspaper circulation, number of bookstores, library resources, periodical publishing resources, educational attainment, and internet resources."

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