Notes in the Margins: ROTC, dual degrees and grad student loans

ROTCs return to Ivy League ROTC is returning to Ivy League schools and it is causing little commotion. But few students at the nation’s most elite schools consider military service. Military officials worry that the all-volunteer force doesn’t fully reflect the nation it is supposed to protect. The all-volunteer military draws heavily from the south and Midwest and from families with military backgrounds. (USA Today)

Graduate students will pay more for loans under debt deal Graduate students wound up on the “Loser” list from Washington’s debt deal. Tucked into the bill that would enact the $2.4 trillion debt-reduction plan is a provision that would force graduate students to pay interest on student loans while they’re still in school. (The Miami Herald via University Business)

More colleges helping out with the financial burdens of internships As career centers and college advisers push students to take on at least one internship, administrators have begun to address the financial burden that often accompanies internships, especially unpaid ones. A number of schools have established or increased financial aid for interns in the past few years, although no one formally tracks such programs. (The Washington Post)

The Benefits and Drawbacks of Dual-Degree Programs College, of course, is not just a time to train for a career; it is also a time when students form strong, personal bonds with their peers, and that may be the largest hurdle for dual-degree students and the administrators of such programs. Spending a year here, a year there, going back and forth between institutions, and being in a program that few of their classmates know anything about, lessen their ability to establish and maintain relationships. There can also be a bit of a culture clash. (The Huffington Post)

For undocumented immigrants, 1 barrier to college falls Gov.Pat Quinn has signed a measure into law creating a privately funded scholarship program for documented and undocumented immigrants, a move supporters hailed as a civil rights victory as other states have recently moved in the other direction on immigration. (Chicago Tribune via University Business)