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2018 September 5 - 09:47 am

College Students Again Struggle with Uncertainty over Scholarship Program

Though the program is expected to get full financing, the situation left students and parents weeks away from a new school year still uncertain with how much tuition the program will cover — and if they would have to pay hundreds or thousands more dollars out of pocket than expected.
2018 May 24 - 04:20 pm

Senate Committee Rejects More Aid for Needy Students

Rachel Campbell, newly-elected LSU student vice president, was among three TOPS recipients who opposed the proposal. She said data shows the students who would face cuts to TOPS awards would be low-income and minority students. She said higher education costs are rising and students need more help, not less.
2018 February 12 - 03:45 pm

Low-Income Families Must Devote 63% of Income to Tuition

Data from 2014 show low-income families in Illinois must set aside 63 percent of their total income for a student to attend a four-year institution, according to a report from The Partnership for College Completion. Middle class families must set aside 25 percent, the study found.
2018 February 12 - 03:45 pm

Most Defaults Come from For-Profit Colleges

Brian Weingart, senior director of financial aid for the Higher Education Policy Commission, said most of the defaulted loans came from the private, for-profit American Public University System based in Charles Town. The school had about 5,500 students who defaulted on their loans.
2017 April 15 - 04:34 pm

Tuition Increases and Layoffs Likely as GOP Pushes Tax Cuts

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi would spend less on public schools, have no new funds for transportation and face likely tuition hikes at state colleges and universities under a spending plan approved by lawmakers that cuts next year’s budget by more than 4 percent compared to what was originally planned.
2017 April 15 - 04:34 pm

Gadsden State CC Plans New Science Building

“The new construction and renovations are consistent with Gadsden State's strategic plan, which we define as the 3I's — instruction, infrastructure and institution,” Lavender said. “Our plan focuses on not only quality educational programming and continuous improvement, but also on addressing the infrastructure needs of aging facilities.
2016 September 20 - 06:48 am

Receding Scholarship Programs Covering Fewer Costs

The price tag for classes continues to cost more and more with tuition and fee increases. And this year comes with a new twist as the TOPS program no longer covers the full cost of tuition at a public college, with a small hit taking hold this fall and the larger hit coming in the spring semester.
2016 May 9 - 08:46 pm

Half of $280 Million List of Construction Projects To Be Put On Hold

Louisiana faces stricter limits for the next few years on how much money it can borrow for construction projects because of its financial problems. Edwards has decided he wants to steer the limited money available mainly to port improvements, roadwork and a backlog of deferred maintenance on state-owned and college campus buildings.
2016 April 27 - 07:22 am

Voters Have Not Approved College Borrowing Since 1974

If approved, it would be the second largest bond to benefit a community college in state history. In 2008, Portland voters passed a $374 million bond for Portland Community College. Chemeketa Community College’s 2008 bond for $92 million is next closest.
2016 April 13 - 10:38 pm

Five-Year Plans for Tuition Increases Aimed at Providing Capital Funding

SUNY 2020 was intended to provide funding for capital projects, and Gov. Andrew Cuomo and other supporters said it would give parents and students more certainty about expenses, with the system’s trustees having the option to increase tuition up to $300 in each of the first five years.
2016 April 13 - 10:38 pm

First-Come, First-Served Approach Left Poorest Students Behind

Students who filled out their request for financial aid the soonest used to jump to the front of the line provided they were Oregon residents with an annual family income of less than $70,000, said Bob Brew, director of the Higher Education Coordinating Commission’s Office of Student Access and Com pletion.
2016 April 10 - 05:06 pm

Colleges Get Flexibility on Calculating Annual Enrollment Numbers

Lawmakers approved changes in the way they provide state aid to the college campuses based in Cheyenne, Casper, Sheridan, Riverton, Rock Springs, Powell and Torrington, said Matt Petry, deputy director of the Wyoming Community College Commission. The changes aim to bring stability to community college funding.
2016 April 10 - 05:06 pm

Money Will Help Pay for Free Courses at State Colleges

Half of the $10 million will go toward free business and management education courses that will be coordinated through the Community College of Rhode Island and the Rhode Island School of Design. The courses will begin this fall based on a curriculum created by Babson College in Massachusetts.
2016 March 15 - 11:17 am

Potential Impact of State Budget Cuts Will Have Adverse Impact, They Say

Lawmakers meeting in a special session are deciding whether to raise taxes requested by Gov. John Bel Edwards to help fill deep gaps in this year’s budget. Without those tax hikes, the Edwards administration says colleges could be hit with more than $200 million in cuts.
2016 February 29 - 10:39 am

Community Colleges Propose $83 Million Hike in Spending

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi’s public schools, community colleges and universities are asking for an additional $372 million in the budget year beginning July 1, even as House Appropriations Committee Chairman Herb Frierson said lagging state revenue makes large increases more unlikely than ever.
2016 February 16 - 01:47 pm

Money Aimed at Aiding Energy Efficiency at Schools, Colleges

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California officials have approved $1.1 billion in spending so far from a voterapproved initiative that closed a corporate tax loophole to generate billions of dollars for energy efficiency projects at California schools and community colleges, but most of the work is not completed, senators learned at a hearing.

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