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Financial Aid Director Recommends Students Apply for Financial Aid Early to Make College Application Process Easier

FAFSA application will now be available Oct. 1 and will use prior tax information

Sept. 27, 2016

Starting this year, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) will be available for students and their families on Oct. 1 rather than Jan. 1, marking a significant change in the college application process. Nick Prewett, director of financial aid at the University of Missouri and board member of the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA), says this change will allow students to make more informed decisions about where to go to school and how to pay.  Full Story
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Rural Employers Failing to Meet Needs of Working Breastfeeding Mothers

Collaboration between businesses and rural health agencies is needed

Sept. 26, 2016

Research has shown that for working mothers, the ability to breastfeed their babies is critical to their physical, mental and economic health as well as to their babies’ cognitive and physical development. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires employers of more than 50 employees to provide sufficient space and time for mothers to breastfeed during the first year of their babies’ lives. Researchers from the University of Missouri conducted an analysis of ACA’s requirement to determine if any barriers exist for women living in rural areas; they found a lack of compliance with the law, inadequate breastfeeding information for mothers and lack of support from co-workers and supervisors. The researchers suggest a need for collaboration between businesses and rural health agencies to create ACA friendly environments that remove barriers to breastfeeding in the workplace.  Full Story
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