February 28, 2014 |
The University of Pennsylvania is launching a $240 million fundraising campaign targeted specifically for financial aid - an effort to bolster its policy of providing all grants and no loans to students in need, school officials said Friday. The new effort was announced at the board of trustees meeting Friday. To kick off the "Penn Compact 2020 Presidential Initiative," the university is seeking $1 million donations from at least five individuals that the university will match.
January 23, 2014 |
TRENTON - Praising a New Jersey that "put aside political partisanship" while battling economic recession and weathering Hurricane Sandy, Gov. Christie delivered an inaugural address Tuesday that emphasized compromise and resilience, with no mention of the scandal that has been a cloud over his administration in recent weeks. "We started this journey together in a dark and foreboding time in our history, when hope was at a premium and trust had been squandered by a government who had been unwilling to tell you the truth," Christie said after he was formally sworn in for a second term at the War Memorial in Trenton.
December 14, 2013 |
PENNSAUKEN The old saying that charity begins at home provides a fitting description for an unusual Pennsauken help group. Pennsauken Neighbors Helping Neighbors has made it its mission to help the needy in the town - not just during the holiday season but whenever financial aid is required. Since it was started in 2006, the group has helped more than 150 families by providing grants to ease hardships brought on by illness, job loss, or other emergencies. "We do it all year round," said founder Bill Orth.
December 13, 2013 |
In what would be a dramatic turnaround, Haverford College is considering doing away with the "no-loan" financial-aid policy it adopted in 2007, and again require middle-class students to borrow to finance their education. If the board of managers adopts the proposal during its meeting in February, Haverford will become the latest school to retreat from a no-loans stance: Dartmouth and Williams Colleges backed off almost four years ago and Claremont McKenna just this year, each finding it could not support the program.
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.
October 5, 2013 |
Ankur Kumar , head of admissions and financial aid at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School and a woman credited with boosting the number of female MBA candidates, is stepping down "to pursue a new endeavor," the school told staff. Kumar's departure comes five days after the Wall Street Journal ran a story that noted that total Wharton MBA applications have been dropping on her watch, as applicants to rivals Harvard and Stanford Universities rose. Kumar defended her record, arguing that Wharton's applicants might be fewer but were of higher quality.
August 12, 2013 |
Thinking ahead may not be in your financial vocabulary. While it should be, there are resources for those who plan expensive things - retirement and education, for example - at the last minute. Vacation planning at the last minute leads to money mistakes like overspending for flights and hotels when you ought to be checking for discounts. This USNews.com post by Geoff Williams names the ills that overcome last-minute travelers who might have put off planning because of the expense of travel, only to pay top dollar for having waited.
August 10, 2013 |
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany and his brethren from the nation's four other football power conferences believe that it's time for the NCAA to restructure itself to better serve the athletic and academic needs of the larger schools. But Delany said Thursday he wouldn't prefer that the bigger conferences, including the Southeastern, the Pac-12, the Big Twelve, and the Atlantic Coast, split off from the NCAA if that doesn't happen. "I don't really go there," he said in an interview during Penn State media day. "The feeling I get is that pretty much everybody understands, the public and the media, even in the conferences, that we really do need some sort of significant reorganization . . . for what we're trying to achieve in terms of the academic-athletic balance.
March 4, 2013 |
For the last five months, six middle-age, out-of-work parents have been cramming their brains with information about medical billing, patient privacy, hardware, software, and customer service. If all goes according to plan, they will graduate in May with four industry certifications and a job offer from one of the many Montgomery County companies in need of their newfound skills - NextGen, Teva Pharmaceuticals, SunGard, Unisys, etc. "If I could just get my foot in the door, I feel like I could show off my talents and work my way up," said Stuart Novey, 48, of Ambler.
March 2, 2013 |
The University of Pennsylvania exceeded its recent fund-raising goal by almost $1 billion, bringing in $4.3 billion in its "Making History Campaign," officials announced Thursday. Penn surpassed the $3.5 billion target, announced in 2007, 16 months before the official end of the campaign in December. That's especially noteworthy considering that the campaign was launched just before the country plunged into recession. The university has used the money to increase financial aid, support research and interdisciplinary programming, and boost its endowment.