February 20, 2012
DESPITE GOP rival Rick Santorum's claim to the contrary, President Obama never said that every American youth should go to college. However, he does have a number of proposals - some of them probably dead in the political water - that could mean more diplomas for more young people. Since taking office in 2009, the president claims credit for several successful reforms targeting college affordability - including increasing awards of Pell Grants to 50 percent more students, a cap on student-loan repayments and a tuition-tax credit worth as much as $2,500 per student.
January 28, 2012 |
ANN ARBOR, Mich. - President Obama embraced the idea of federal action to restrain the rapidly increasing cost of higher education, giving a boost to a policy idea that has been gaining steam. His proposal that colleges and universities cut costs or risk losing out on some federal aid was part of a larger package of "college affordability" ideas that the president unveiled Friday in a speech at the University of Michigan. Obama wants to increase funds for higher education, mostly through an expansion of federal loan programs.
November 17, 2011 |
With college tuitions at record highs and families in a mood for bargains, a handful of institutions - including Cabrini College in Radnor - are doing what once seemed unthinkable: cutting prices. Cabrini, a small, private Catholic school on the Main Line, announced it was reducing tuition 12.5 percent, from $33,176 to $29,000. The price will take effect for the 2012-13 school year and remain at that level through May 2015. Housing and fees are about $13,000 extra. Other schools are offering even bigger discounts.
October 13, 2011 |
The operator of a Philadelphia hospice-care business was indicted Wednesday for allegedly defrauding Medicare of $14.3 million. Matthew Kolodesh, of Churchville, Bucks County, operated Home Care Hospice Inc. in the 2800 block of Grant Avenue and was charged with submitting claims to Medicare for patients who weren't eligible for hospice or who didn't receive care, U.S. Attorney Zane David Memeger said. Among the ineligible patients were people who weren't dying, according to the grand jury indictment.
August 4, 2011 |
Question: My parents are in their mid-60s. They're retired and having a wonderful time, which I'm very happy about. Recently I was visiting them and, out of nowhere, my mother said, "I hope you kids know your father and I aren't going to be leaving you anything when we die. Our legacy to you was raising you well and loving you the way we do. " I wasn't sure what to say, so I made some nondescript response to see if she would continue, but she...
April 10, 2011 |
She's got the looks, poise, and voice. But whether spunky Chester Springs singer-songwriter Katelyn Krapf makes it - wherever it resides these days - depends on fickle strangers with laptops. Krapf, a soulful West Chester University freshman, seems completely unfazed by the thought of trusting her fate to electronics. Just 18, she's already a veteran of two American Idol auditions and a $20,000 Nashville recording scam. The 2010 Downingtown High School East graduate has five websites where fans can look, listen, and learn about the self-described "nobody.
January 21, 2011 |
Dr. William J. Doorly, 81, of Bryn Mawr, a Presbyterian minister, educator, and author of six books drawn from studies of ancient Israel, died of esophageal cancer Sunday, Jan. 9, at Bryn Mawr Hospital. Dr. Doorly taught biblical studies at Neumann University in Aston from the mid-1990s until 2002. For several years, until becoming ill in 2008, he was an interim preacher at Arch Street Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia. Dr. Doorly's first book was the publication of his doctoral thesis, The Prophet of Justice , in 1989.
August 16, 2010
DEAR ABBY: When my two boys were young, I agreed to a reduction in child support payments with the understanding that my ex would help later with their college tuition. This was not put in writing. Now both my boys are in college and their father is refusing to help. When I asked him to at least help with the costs of their books, he said, "That's what child support was for. " I guess I should have seen this coming, as he has been cruel and unreasonable toward me for the past 22 years.
July 23, 2010
Undergraduate tuition at Pennsylvania's state-owned colleges will increase $250, or 4.5 percent, under a $1.5 billion budget approved Thursday by the system's board of governors. Annual tuition for full-time resident undergraduates beginning this fall will be $5,804, which the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education said was the lowest among all four-year colleges and universities in the state. The system said it would receive $503.4 million in state and federal funding to support the current-year operating budget.
July 8, 2010 |
MOST PEOPLE think the American Dream is about success. It's not. It's about aspiration. Not everyone makes it, but the idea (whether you buy it or not) is that anyone can make it. From the writings of Benjamin Franklin all the way to "The Apprentice," that difference between making it and hoping to make it explains a lot about American culture. For many young people, college aspiration is a powerful entry point for the American Dream. It's a goal that structures their sense of themselves, and their vision of their future in our society.