June 12, 2014 |
Pennsylvania's financially strapped state system of higher education will face a new test: A comprehensive review by the state's auditor general. In recent years, the 14-university Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) has seen declining enrollment and stagnant state funding, as well as a bid by one its members, West Chester, to consider withdrawing from the system. "College tuition and other costs are rising and we need to look at every possible option to keep from making college unaffordable to middle class families," Auditor General Eugene DePasquale said in a statement.
June 9, 2014 |
Congratulations to high school graduates in May and June are being followed by family complaints about college tuition in August and September. No wonder state university bills are up: Pennsylvania and New Jersey are giving $2,200 less per student to their colleges than in 2008, according to inflation-adjusted data collected by the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities from state records. And no wonder some of Pennsylvania State University's alumni trustees are grousing that, with less than $300 million of its $4.4 billion budget now appropriated from the state, Harrisburg shouldn't have so much to say about Happy Valley's agenda.
March 1, 2014 |
Despite President Obama's focus on the soaring costs of a college education, area universities are poised to again raise their prices in excess of the core rate of inflation. Costs at the University of Pennsylvania in 2014-15 will exceed $60,000 for the first time, under a fee increase announced at the board of trustees meeting Thursday. That's a 3.9 percent increase over last year's overall tuition, fees, and room and board. Several other private colleges and universities around the region also have set their cost increases for next year, ranging from a low of 3 percent at Swarthmore College to 4.4 percent at Immaculata University.
January 26, 2014
A story Jan. 8 incorrectly described Oklahoma's policies on in-state college tuition for undocumented immigrants. The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education allows certain undocumented students to qualify for resident tuition at public colleges and universities within the Oklahoma state system.
December 14, 2013 |
TRENTON - A bill qualifying undocumented immigrants for in-state college tuition rates cleared an Assembly committee Thursday, moving one step toward reaching the desk of Gov. Christie - who has said he would not sign it. The apparent impasse did not stop Democratic lawmakers and supporters of the bill from celebrating its release from the Budget Committee, which dropped an earlier in-state tuition proposal and advanced the same measure - giving undocumented...
December 6, 2013 |
TRENTON A Latino leader who is an ally of Gov. Christie on Wednesday accused state Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D., Gloucester) of playing politics and jeopardizing a bill that would allow undocumented immigrant students to pay in-state college tuition. By insisting that the bill include access to financial aid - which Christie says he will not support - Sweeney risks losing the chance to pass tuition equality legislation long awaited by the state's Latino community, said Martin Perez, president of the Latino Leadership Alliance of New Jersey.
December 4, 2013 |
TRENTON Gov. Christie said Monday that he would not sign a bill extending in-state college tuition rates to undocumented immigrants because the students also would be allowed to receive state financial aid. Christie's explanation, given at a Statehouse news conference, came a week after the Republican governor announced on a radio show that he opposed parts of the bill passed recently by the Senate. His remarks drew accusations of flip-flopping from bill supporters, who said Christie had voiced support for tuition equality before the gubernatorial election to court Latino voters but changed his position on the politically delicate issue to prepare to run for president.
November 20, 2013 |
TRENTON - The New Jersey Senate approved a bill Monday that would let undocumented immigrants qualify for in-state college tuition and state financial aid. Three Republicans joined 22 Democrats in supporting the bill, following brief debate spurred by one Republican over whether it would limit the opportunities of other New Jersey students. Twelve senators opposed the measure, which now must be heard by the Assembly. "We are opening up avenues for the next generation of leaders in this state and this country," said Sen. Teresa Ruiz (D., Essex)
September 13, 2013 |
COLBY CASSIDY remembers her father, Philadelphia Police Officer Chuck Cassidy, working "22 out of 24 hours a day for years" so she and her siblings didn't have to worry about paying for their college tuition. "He wanted to pay for it, and we were lucky," she said. "He was a very hard worker and instilled a lot of that in us. " Cassidy, now 25, was a sophomore at Gwynedd-Mercy College on Oct. 31, 2007, when a robber fatally shot her hardworking father while he was on duty. "We had a lot of stress immediately in the middle of college and it was pretty scary," she said.
July 20, 2013
By Katrina vanden Heuvel On July 1, federal student loan rates doubled from 3.4 percent to 6.8. Meanwhile, Oregon is paving the way for students to attend public universities without paying tuition or taking out traditional loans at all. A new bill, which Gov. John Kitzhaber is expected to sign, instructs Oregon's Higher Education Coordination Commission to come up with a "Pay It Forward, Pay It Back" university financing model in time for a...