Category Archives: Tuition

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New York State Is Set to Test Free Tuition

New York is set to offer free tuition to public colleges for state residents who earn less than $125,000 a year, reports the Associated Press. Under a deal between Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, a Democrat, and legislators, students from such families will be able to enroll at campuses of the State University of New York or the City University of New York without paying tuition.

While other states allow free tuition to community colleges as well as other reduced tuition programs, the New York effort is …

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Here’s a Map of ‘Free College’ Programs Nationwide

Lawmakers and public-policy advocates are increasingly looking to raise attainment at public colleges and universities through high-profile “free college” efforts, such as one proposed by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo of New York, that cover basic costs for students attending state institutions.

The University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate of School of Education has created an interactive map that highlights programs “designed to increase college attainment in particular places.” The researchers called the…

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New York Governor Announces Free-College Plan

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo of New York plans to offer free tuition to state residents whose families earn less than $125,000 a year to attend New York’s public colleges.

In a speech on Tuesday at LaGuardia Community College of the City University of New York alongside U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, Mr. Cuomo described a need to make attending college more attainable and to set a standard for the rest of the country.

Free college was part of Mr. Sanders’s platform during his run for the 2016 Democratic pres…

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Facing Budget Cuts, Kentucky Community College System Lays Off 45 Faculty Members

The Kentucky Community and Technical College system has trimmed more than 500 positions, including those of 45 faculty and 125 staff members who were laid off, the Lexington Herald-Leader reported on Wednesday.

The system faced a $26-million shortfall this year from repeated state budget cuts and declining enrollment. Earlier this month, the system’s president, Jay Box, warned of looming reductions in spending.

To offset the cuts, colleges across the system have eliminated 191 faculty positions …

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U. of New Hampshire Concedes It Shouldn’t Have Bought $17,000 Table

Its flashing LED-light display may make it look like a dance floor, but the University of New Hampshire’s flashy dining table is for culinary purposes only.

Still, that hasn’t stopped critics from walking all over the university’s $17,570 table, which it bought so dining-hall workers could showcase healthy cooking tips to students, The Boston Globe reported on Friday. It turns out that diners weren’t paying as much attention to the slicing and dicing as they were to the table itself.

Its price t…

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President Obama to Announce a New ‘College Promise’ Campaign

The movements for free community college and other tuition- and debt-free college programs will get a renewed push on Wednesday when President Obama returns to Macomb Community College, in Michigan — along with Jill Biden, the wife of Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and a longtime community-college professor — to announce a wide-ranging new effort called the College Promise campaign.

Notably, with many observers now questioning whether Mr. Obama has the political support to get his own free-c…

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Rutgers Will Give Aid to Health Majors to Offset Tuition Increase

Rutgers University will offer scholarships to freshmen to offset the costs of a 60 percent increase in tuition that some students said surprised them, NJ Advance Media reported.

Tuition rates for some majors in the health professions were expected to jump to $552 per credit, up from $345 per credit. The administration said the increase was necessary to get the rates closer to the cost of similar professional programs. But some students complained that they did not receive enough notice about the…

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Here Are the Colleges Where Tuition Has Risen the Fastest

The U.S. Department of Education is out with its annual list of colleges whose tuition and net price have risen the fastest in recent years.

Here are the four-year public colleges where tuition rose the most, as a percentage, from 2011-12 to 2013-14:

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And the four-year public colleges where net price rose the most, as a percentage, from 2010-11 to 2012-13:

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And the four-year private colleges where tuition rose the most, as a percentage, from 2011-12 to 2013-14:

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And the four-year private college…

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After Trustees Resign, Cooper Union President Says He Will Step Down

[Updated (6/10/2015, 7:06 p.m.) with news of Mr. Bharucha's departure.]

The embattled president of the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, Jamshed Bharucha, will step down at the end of this month, he announced on Wednesday.

The announcement was made on the day after five trustees resigned amid an investigation by the New York State attorney general into the college’s decision to start charging tuition. The resignations were reported by The Wall Street Journal.

“It has been an h…

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U.S. Senator’s Bill Would Make Public 4-Year Colleges Free for All

Bernard Sanders, the independent senator from Vermont and long-shot candidate for the Democratic Party’s 2016 presidential nomination, introduced a bill on Tuesday that would make attending all four-year public colleges free. The College for All Act, the cost of which would be split between the federal government and the states, has virtually no chance of passing the Republican-controlled Congress.

The bill proposes a tax on transactions in the financial sector to offset its estimated $470-billi…