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Federal Updates

Another volume of the 2009-10 Federal Student Aid Handbook now online
ED has released "Volume 3: Calculating Awards & Packaging" of the 2009-10 Federal Student Aid Handbook (FSA Handbook).

Current special allowance rates: Quarter ending September 30, 2009
Special allowance rates for the last quarter are now available.

TG Updates

TG unveils redesigned Adventures In Education
TG inaugurates a new academic year with a new look for its college- and career-planning website, Adventures In Education (AIE™).

TG to offer Gulf Coast Consortium Community College Forum
TG's Center for Financial Aid Policy in Community Colleges will hold its next meeting, the Gulf Coast Consortium Community College Forum, on October 21, at the San Jacinto Community College South Campus in Houston.

Register today for the Fall 2009 TG Users Group Meeting
The Fall 2009 TUG Meeting will be held on November 5 at the TG Campus in Round Rock, Texas.

Watch for a "new" Shoptalk Online
If you're curious about this week's peeling masthead for Shoptalk Online, you'll find the answer in next week's edition.

Trends and Issues

Mapping Your Future® unavailable over coming weekend
Mapping Your Future® will undergo major website enhancements on October 10 and 11, making inaccessible some of its important products and services.

Common Manual

Common Manual Updates
Guarantor representatives who serve on the Common Manual Governing Board have approved several changes to the Common Manual.

Tip of the Week

Are you looking for some instant support for your campus financial literacy program? Consult with peers, download free presentations, and share your own financial literacy experiences through TG's Positive+Balance Community, an online resource for financial literacy information and tools.

This, That, and the Other...

College rankings are perennial guides for many students and families searching for the best college for their education dollars. However, publications that rank colleges, including The Princeton Review, U.S. News and World Report, Forbes, and Kiplinger's, don't often agree on what makes for the top colleges.

CBS ranks the college rankers, considering the criteria and process each guide uses to rate an institution. Read the complete article on college rankings online.


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Contributors to this edition: Rob Davenport, Sarah Faszholz, Cindy Marrs, Art Martinez, Matt Smith, and Vickie Tanner. Edited by TG Communications and Policy and Regulatory Affairs. Designed by TG Communications.

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