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University student suicide rates revealed

University student suicide rates revealed

Health
The Office for National Statistics has published higher education suicide rates for the first time.The figures show 95 recorded university student suicides for the 12 months to July 2017 in England and Wales. This is lower than for the general population of similar ages, but does not include suicides among students at further education colleges.Since the 1950s there have been very few comprehensive pieces of research into student suicides. But a report published last autumn showed the numbers of students disclosing mental health problems had increased fivefold in a decade.Up until now detail on things like age clusters, people's undergraduate or postgraduate status, or comparison with similar-age people who did not enter higher education, has not been ava...
Why you should start paying off your student loans as soon as possible, even before graduation

Why you should start paying off your student loans as soon as possible, even before graduation

Finance
When Ruth B., now 26, graduated from college in May 2014, she already had a few months of student loan payments under her belt. Ruth, who asked that her last name not be used, had taken out federal loans to help cover her tuition and living expenses every year. But in her senior year her family finances changed when her younger brother started college, as well. "My senior year I couldn't count on my mom to help me out, so I took out a private loan from Sallie Mae to cover everything that financial aid wouldn't cover," Ruth said. Ruth realized right...
Minimize your student debt by applying to these three colleges

Minimize your student debt by applying to these three colleges

Finance
When it comes to choosing a college and minimizing debt, forget prestige: Grant and merit aid are the way to go.A recent study by the National Association of College and University Business Officers showed that private non-profit schools are offering incoming freshmen an average tuition discount of 49.9 percent. These tuition and fee discounts — which are grant awards — allow colleges to retain or attract students who can't or won't pay the full sticker price for their education.For perspective, the average published tuition and fees at a private non-profit college was $ 37,040 during the 2017-2018 school year.The association looked at 404 private colleges and universities.Being a good student also pays.Three out of four undergraduate students received merit aid during their f...
Teenage Taiwanese exchange student accused of school threat

Teenage Taiwanese exchange student accused of school threat

World
A Taiwanese exchange student accused of threatening a shooting at his high school had ammunition in the home where he was staying and researched how to buy weapons, police said Wednesday. The 18-year-old student, An Tso Sun, threatened to "shoot up" the Monsignor Bonner and Archbishop Prendergast High School on May 1, Upper Darby police said. Sun later said he was joking but was charged with making terroristic threats, they said. "Kudos to the person who stepped forward and helped to avert a tragedy," the police department said in a tweet. A military-style ballistic vest, ammunition clip pouches, a high-powered crossbow and live ammunition were found in Sun's bedroom in Lansdowne, Superintendent Michael Chitwood said. A search of his school-issued iPad indicated searches on how to buy an ...