Around the industry: New ranking names 'greenest schools' in the nation

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  • Kansas: Taylor Swift surprised one 25-year-old woman with a $1,989 donation intended to help the fan pay off her student loans. The fan—Rebekah Bortniker—had written online about her struggles to pay off student loans. Swift's new album is titled "1989" (, 1/14)
  • Pennsylvania: A new report from NerdScholar, the higher education research arm of NerdWallet, suggests that more than 28,000 Pennsylvania high school students who were eligible for Pell Grants didn't complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid last year. As a result, nearly $103 million in federal funds for the state's low-income students went unused (Coyne, Pittsburgh Business Times, 1/13).
  • Washington, D.C.: American University was ranked the nation's "greenest school" by the Online Schools Center, which relied on a meta-ranking that combined federal recognition, inclusion on the Sierra Club's recent list, current environmental initiatives and more. Dickinson College in Pennsylvania and University of California-Santa Barbara were ranked second and third, respectively (Online Schools Center release, January 2015.)

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