Notes in the Margins: Merit pay, Paterno and fraternities

Former coach says Joe Paterno blamed Penn State administrators Longtime Penn State head coach Joe Paterno said that the university mishandled its response to the Jerry Sandusky child sex-abuse scandal, a former assistant coach testified Monday. (The Washington Post)

Greeks spar with Bloomberg over ‘FratPAC’ reportFifty-nine students have died since 2009 as a result of hazing, Bloomberg reported. Approximately half of those deaths were alcohol-related. (USA Today)

Loan firms charge students for free services A growing student-loan debt-relief industry is profiting from consumers’ confusion and desperation, charging as much as $1,600 to sign them up for repayment plans. Such companies are proliferating because borrowers are buckling under the weight of student loans. Former students are also struggling to navigate the government’s often complicated assistance programs. (Bloomberg via University Business)

Nevada community colleges embrace merit pay The state’s four-year institutions also plan to restart merit pay raises frozen since 2009 because of budget cuts. (Las Vegas Review-Journal via University Business)

A New Way to Finance College What about income-contingent loans that rely on private capital rather than government funding? All the pieces fit together in ways that would be good for students, their parents, colleges and universities, state governments, and the federal government. (The Huffington Post)