A “Shopping Sheet” that will make it Easier to Understand College Costs

The Obama Administration released a model financial aid award letter today called the Shopping Sheet — an individualized standard financial aid award letter that will help students and their families understand the costs of college before making the final decision on where to enroll.

Back to School!

It’s that time of year again! Whether you're a parent or educator, below are resources and tips that can help you prepare for the new school year.

CDC's Division of Violence Prevention Offers Online Course on Principles of Prevention

Each year, more than 50,000 people lose their lives to violence. In addition to the tremendous physical and emotional toll, violence has substantial medical and lost productivity costs. In 2000, these totaled more than $70 billion in the United States. The figure grows when we add criminal justice system costs, social services, and other expenses.

Youth are disproportionately affected by violence. For young people aged 15 to 24, homicide is the second leading cause of death, and suicide is the third leading cause of death.

America’s Young Adults, 2014

The Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics recently released America’s Young Adults: Special Issue, 2014, a statistical snapshot of the health, education, and well-being of America's young adults.

Connecting the Dots: Working across Systems to Improve Postsecondary Outcomes for Youth in State Care

In Rhode Island, the Department of Children, Youth and Families (DCYF) offers the Post Secondary Education Tuition Assistance Program for DCYF-involved youth to receive up to 35 percent of the cost of college. 

Correctional Education Guidance Package

A new guidance package released by Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and Attorney General Eric Holder helps ensure that incarcerated youth get the quality education they deserve.

Justice Department Research Shows That School-Level Interventions Reduce Dating Violence by up to 50 Percent

New research from the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) that finds school-level interventions reduced dating violence among middle school students by up to 50 percent in 30 New York City public schools.

Learn the Facts: National School Lunch Program and Alternative Schools

The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) is a federally assisted meal program available to public and nonprofit private schools, as well as residential child care institutions throughout the country.

Engineering students mentor at middle school with STARBASE

This spring, through the STARBASE Nebraska program, six students at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) College of Engineering have dedicated an hour each week to go back to sixth grade and help the next generation of engineers.

Improving education for youth living in poverty

As part of its “Back to School” day on August 5, 2011, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) introduced its “Coordinating Housing with Education”Initiative. The initiative is part of HUD’s effort to bridge the gap between poverty and education, by increasing the number of HUD-assisted households with school-aged children who have access to schools scoring at or above the local average. Providing low-income parents and guardians with access to information regarding local schools and their performance ratings is a key ingredient to this effort.