Notes in the Margins: Recruiting, security and four years

Denver, Phoenix may be last hotspot for college recruiting But administrators worry that once these areas are tapped, few other locales exist for targeted recruitment. (USA Today)

How One University Aims To Make Sure Students Finish In Four Years With an innovative new program, Indiana State University aims to increase those numbers by making a promise to incoming freshmen that the school will cover the cost of their education if it takes them longer than four years. (The Huffington Post)

Young, Educated and Seeking Financial Security Above all other major life goals like marriage or fulfilling careers, today’s college students and recent graduates are looking for financial security, a new survey finds. (The New York Times)

College tuition is out of control — or is it? The “sticker price” of college has been rising at a frantic rate, true. But we should also consider the “net price” which is what students actually pay after factoring in grants and scholarships*. Those grants and scholarships have also been increasing dramatically. Which means the net price that the average student pays for college has been growing much more slowly. (The Washington Post)

Student loan bills stall in Senate The Senate on Thursday voted twice to try to keep student loan interest rates low – but got nowhere. Senators rejected dueling Republican and Democratic plans to stop rates from doubling in July, because of partisan fighting – again – over how the $6-billion bill would be paid for. (Politico)