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.
A parent of two state university students urged the Florida Board of Governors to keep the cap it put on incoming freshman enrollment last year to maintain quality that’s already starting to slip away due to tight finances.