Democratic lawmakers said they’re going to focus during the legislative session on developing workforce skills, strengthening schools, lowering health care and energy costs and investing in research and infrastructure. Republicans questioned how the Democrats could afford to pay for the programs without higher taxes.
Gov. Rick Scott’s higher education task force tentatively agreed to recommend holding the line on tuition for certain “two-plus-two” students who start at community colleges and then complete their degrees at universities.
Maryland became the first state in the nation to decide by popular vote that illegal immigrants can be eligible for in-state college tuition, if students have attended a high school in the state for three years and if they or their parents have paid state income taxes during that time, along with other requirements
Colleges and universities are banking on a statewide advertising campaign to help avoid a repeat of two years when New Mexico voters rejected a property tax-backed statewide bond proposal to finance renovation and construction projects for higher education.
California’s move to tighten eligibility requirements for its Cal Grant program will eliminate or reduce awards to 14,500 students, most of them enrolled in for-profit colleges such as the University of Phoenix, the California Student Aid Commission announced.
The General Assembly completed its override of Gov. Beverly Perdue’s veto from more than a year ago of a bill that gives all North Carolina community colleges the ability to refuse to participate in a low-interest federal student loan program.
Community college leaders in Virginia and other states say their schools’ roles in giving students an affordable education and job training are undervalued, so they’re banding together to fight for federal policy changes.
President Barack Obama told thousands of students at the University of North Carolina that he wants Congress to keep the costs of a college education in check, reaching out to young people in a state expected to figure heavily in his re-election bid.
President Barack Obama reached out to a generation of young soldiers as he added new protections for veterans and military families misled or bilked by career colleges and technical programs that target their federal education benefits. “``They don’t care about you,” he declared, “they care about your cash.”
Florida’s businesses scored victories in the Legislature in the newly concluded annual session, but some college students say they wonder if the treatment lawmakers gave that sector came at their expense.
Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval said he won’t cut education or other vital state services in his upcoming budget proposal and he will extend sunsetting taxes to balance the books — a move he said will avoid the need for additional taxes to fund state government.
Prosperity for middle-class Americans became harder than ever under the previous presidential administration, but federal funding for partnerships between community colleges and employers is a crucial way to kickstart that upward mobility, Vice President Joe Biden told a North Carolina crowd.