As Washington’s prepaid tuition program opens its doors to new investors, parents and lawmakers are taking a closer look at the program and trying to decide what is best for the state and its children.
Gov. Rick Perry said college students in Texas should be able to lock in four-year tuition rates when they arrive on campus, and lawmakers could consider the idea when they return to the Capitol in January.
The average student at a state university in Texas is paying 55 percent more for their education than a decade ago, when state lawmakers deregulated tuition and allowed campuses to start setting their own prices, according to a newspaper analysis.
Students attending any of Georgia’s 25 technical colleges will see a 13 percent tuition increase and a new mandatory fee for the spring semester that begins in January, resulting in more out-of-pocket costs not covered by state HOPE grants.
Ohio’s governor, higher education chief and veterans’ services director are asking colleges and universities not to penalize student veterans whose financial benefits through the Post 9/11 G.I. Bill may be delayed after a records problem.
New college funding recommendations from the Nevada Board of Regents are aimed at making the budget more fair and transparent, although it could mean pain for Northern Nevada colleges who would see their money shift south, college officials said.
NorthWest Arkansas Community College’s latest estimate predicts a $1.6 million shortfall for the fiscal year that ended June 30, officials said. Surplus money from previous years will cover the loss, said college President Becky Paneitz.
Nearly half of the state’s community colleges and a handful of other higher-education institutions now disburse financial aid on debit cards through contracts with Higher One, a financial firm that has come under increasing scrutiny for its multiple fees and aggressive marketing tactics, as well as out of concerns for students’ privacy.
Kentucky college students borrowed a record $1.2 billion for higher education during the 2010-11 school year, and the average student will spend a decade shelling out $200 a month to retire their loans, new data shows.
As many as 900 colleges are pushing students into using payment cards that carry hefty costs, sometimes even to get to their financial aid money, according to a report released by a public interest group.
A year after lawmakers decided not to consider any new borrowing, they’re looking again at a list of long-term bond issues topping $400 million that would pay for projects that include state university and community college improvements, highway and bridge improvements and land conservation.