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Community Discussions and Being Put on the Spot

By Tania Ortega '19 As a student on full financial aid, I am not here to say “thank you” to the students (and their families) who are not on financial aid. But I am also not here to tell everyone all about my experiences as a student on full financial aid on this campus filled with wealth. The discussion that occurred Thursday, November 4 was spurred by Swarthmore’s ...
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New “We’re Not Here to Say Thank You” Campaign Starts Dialogue on Difficulties Faced by Students on Financial Aid

On Thursday afternoon the “We’re Not Here to Say Thank You” campaign drew nearly 70 members of the student body, staff, and faculty into the Bryn Mawr room of the Dining Center to discuss issues observed on campus related to class. Initially borne out of an article published in Swarthmore’s Daily Gazette which discussed class and financial aid on college campuses, ...
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How Do We Stack Up? A Comparative Look at Haverford’s Financial Aid

The class of 2018 is indeed lucky. It is grandfathered in under Haverford’s old,  need-blind policy. Need-blind means that a prospective applicant’s financial means don’t have a bearing on admissions decisions. Haverford is now need-aware. As of 2015, the Huffington Post listed 41 need-blind colleges. In that same year, Haverford’s bond rating was downgraded by Mo ...
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An Open Letter from President Kim Benston on Haverford’s Finances and Need-Blind Admissions

This letter is a response by Haverford's President Kim Benston to concerns raised in an opinion piece arguing against ending need-blind admissions. The original article, "Why We Need Need-Blind" can be found here. In the aftermath of a joyous Commencement day, the campus turns in anticipation toward Alumni Weekend and then another busy summer of scholarly collaboration bet ...
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Admin Previews Presentation to the Board on College’s Financial Situation at Student Forum

Part two of this piece, which details student concerns brought up during the forum and the administration's responses, can be found here.  At this Friday’s Board of Manager’s meeting, the administration will present their findings on Haverford’s finances and models they have developed to address the College’s ongoing financial deficits. In a public forum held last ...
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Why We Need Need-Blind

Our Quaker heritage is often brought up to show how different we are from other academic institutions, both in our mission and our quotidian goings on. I believe in the core of my being that Haverford is a unique, special and wonderful place. The focus on community is a large part of what makes Haverford so special. This community is made up of the brightest and kindest pe ...
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Students React Unfavorably to Administration Proposal on Need-Aware Admissions

Additional reporting by Ben Horwitz '17. Last week at a public forum on Haverford’s finances, President Kim Benston announced the College may end its need-blind admissions policy in response to the ongoing operations deficits. The student body has not reacted favorably to this statement, expressing  fears about a decrease in socioeconomic diversity and what such a chang ...
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Haverford Considers Ending Need-Blind Admissions in Wake of Financial Deficits

At just under $500 million, Haverford’s endowment is approximately a quarter the size of rival Swarthmore’s and about 60% of Bryn Mawr’s. It is often a point of pride among students that Haverford is able to remain competitive with these institutions despite its lesser resources, but unbeknownst to many, Haverford has also been running an operating deficit for the la ...
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Board of Managers Votes to Rescind No Loan Policy

UPDATED 12/08/14 3:45pm The Board of Managers voted Saturday morning to modify the no loan financial aid policy and reintroduce loans for students with a family income above $60,000 a year, President Daniel H. Weiss announced in a campus-wide email. The Board voted to accepted a modified loan policy put forward by senior staff which is projected to eliminate  $820,000 a y ...
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January News Round-Up: Kiefer Steps Down, Upcoming Board Meeting, Financial Aid Policy

Missed some news while you were out? Here's a round-up of news from the past month. Links During the Winter Break, Haverford released a statement opposing the proposed ASA boycott of Israeli academic institutions. (Link: full statement) Bryn Mawr College President Kim Cassidy attended a White House meeting on college access and affordability (Link: NPR, White House Report) ...