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To support underserved students, four-year universities offer two-year associate degrees

Jazmin Mejia went straight from high school to what she thought was the perfect fit at Loyola University, a 30-minute drive from the Chicago neighborhood where she grew up. But Mejia was quickly overwhelmed on the North Side campus of nearly 17,000 students. A year later, she says college has become much more manageable. Mejia left Loyola's main campus in favor of the university’s Arrupe College, a two-year program in downtown Chicago that offers associate degrees. Taking smaller classes with instructors who interact more with students has been a game-changer, she said.

17 Adventure-Filled Transitional Books to Kick Off Summer Reading | We Are Kid Lit Collective

School Library Journal has proudly partnered with We Are Kid Lit Collective to share and promote the group’s 10th annual summer reading recommendations. In the next couple of weeks, SLJ will publish individual posts featuring their recommendations for picture books, transitional books, middle grade, and young adult titles. These early readers and chapter books will be just the thing for independent readers looking to meet new characters and engage with fun stories during the summer months.

Mixed-Status Families Can Now Complete FAFSA

The Department of Education has implemented a temporary fix to the new Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) that will allow students with parents or guardians who lack a social security number to complete the form, under secretary of education James Kvaal told reporters at a press briefing Tuesday.

How this Colorado science teacher helps students become environmental changemakers

Yajaira Fuentes-Tauber majored in biology at college and planned to go to medical school. But a stop-gap job teaching science in Texas changed the course of her career. “I realized that while I liked medicine, I loved teaching,” she said. Today, Fuentes-Tauber teaches biology at Rocky Mountain High School in Fort Collins, Colorado, and is passionate about increasing access to STEM education and empowering students to become change agents.

For Families Needing the Most Help, Child Care Costs Are About to Drop

The landscape of child care assistance is about to change — and costs are finally coming down. At the end of February, President Joe Biden’s administration announced it was going to require every state to cap its co-payments so that families that receive subsidies pay no more than 7 percent of their income towards child care.