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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

By AP
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.
2016 February 5 - 01:34 pm

Budget Stalemate Has Colleges Scrambling To Provide Student Aid

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois colleges put up $168 million of their own money to help students attend classes last fall because there’s no state budget deal, but nearly half of those responding to a survey about the Monetary Award Program say they can’t do it again this spring.
2016 January 22 - 02:33 pm

Two-Year Colleges Fear Enrollment Decline as Scholarship Funds Remain in Limbo

The 26-year-old psychology major wasted no time in establishing “Jacqueline’s Tuition” on GoFundMe.com after the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago informed her that she’d have to cover the $2,300 spring subsidy she was supposed to receive from the state’s Monetary Award Program.
2015 December 29 - 10:01 pm

Bruising Budget Battles Prompt Creation of Broad Coalition

By AP
The Alabama Unites for Education coalition was launched to protect the state’s education budget. The group includes the leadership of the UA System, the Alabama Community College System, and the Alabama Department of Education as well as the presidents of the UA system’s three campuses and Auburn University, the Tuscaloosa News.
2015 December 29 - 10:01 pm

Move Is New Governance Panel’s First Major Initiative

Janet Kincherlow-Martin, a spokeswoman for the college system, said all of the campuses will remain open, but administrative functions will be consolidated to save money. She said getting rid of that duplication should make the campuses more efficient and be a better use of taxpayer dollars.
2015 December 29 - 10:01 pm

High School Seniors Will Need To Fill Out FAFSA, State Application for Graduation

By AP
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education approved a new policy that will require the state’s roughly 35,000 high school seniors to apply for financial aid for college or submit a signed form indicating that they won’t.
2015 December 2 - 12:38 am

Recession and Collapse of Housing Market Contribute to Trend

By AP
A Pew Research Center analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data found 36.4 percent of women ages of 18-34 lived with parents or relatives in 2014, The Times Daily (http://bit.ly/1Mget2u) reported. That is the most since at least 1940, when 36.2 percent lived with family.
2015 October 26 - 03:44 am

Reduction Comes after Panel Hiked Tuition by 23 Percent

to about $15,000 this school year, which officials say was due in part to the skyrocketing cost of doing business in the oil patch and a 40 percent staff turnover. College officials also are worried about maintaining the school’s bond rating, which was recently downgraded, and beefing up its limited cash reserves.
2015 August 24 - 08:51 pm

Financial Literacy Now Part Of Classroom Instruction

“We’re not just about hair, skin and nails,” said Len Melvin, marketing director for Hays Academy of Hair Design, which has operations in Hays and Salina. “Topics we go over include student loans, what kind of loans there are, what their repayment schedule will be — and how to set up a budget around that.

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