The money legally is theirs to spend as they choose. But Gov. Jay Nixon is delivering a message to Missouri’s colleges and universities that he expects them to use $40 million in next year’s budget to expand the number of classroom slots available for aspiring health care professionals.
The state Legislature wrapped up its 2009 session without solving the financial problems in Alabama’s prepaid college tuition plan, but it did agree to have the state pension fund conduct a detailed study of the program.
The leader of Maine’s community colleges told lawmakers that full-time students who are listed as dependents on their parents’ tax returns will be able to go to school tuition-free if their parents become unemployed
The state Senate has endorsed Gov. Jay Nixon’s plan to expand Missouri’s scholarships by offering four years of free tuition to students who start at community colleges and then transfer to state universities.
Lt. Gov. Jim Folsom Jr. said he is confident the Legislature will act this year to make sure participants in Alabama’s financially troubled prepaid college tuition plan get the payments they are expecting.
Problems at Tulsa Community College left as many as 1,500 students without their financial aid last semester. In response, TCC hired an external financial aid company to look at the college’s operation and help process the aid.
As money gets tighter, Ohio’s colleges and universities may need to work together to limit overlapping degree programs in order to balance their budgets, the leader of the state’s higher education system said.