February 2, 2011 |
So you've always dreamed of going to Harvard or Penn? Your chances got even harder this year as applications to both of the Ivies and many of their counterparts continued a second year of double-digit-percentage increases. The University of Pennsylvania took in more than 31,651 applications, a jump of 17.5 percent. Harvard reached nearly 35,000 applications, almost a 15 percent bump. Consider this: About 1.5 million students apply to four-year colleges annually. That means about one of every 50 students this year sought a spot at Harvard.
January 27, 2011 |
A wealthy George School alumna who had already given the Quaker boarding school one of the largest gifts ever made to a private school has left it an additional $30 million. Officials at the school in Newtown, Bucks County, announced the bequest of Barbara Dodd Anderson on Wednesday. Anderson, a 1950 graduate who called George School "a second home," announced in 2007 that she was giving it $128.5 million. She died in November at 78 at her home in Fresno, Calif. In all, school officials said, Anderson's donations total $165 million.
January 16, 2011 |
We're back with more sites about paying for college. The focus this week is on financial aid for "nontraditional students" - meaning older people heading back to the classroom. At Finaid.com there's a page of links and tips for nontraditionals. Many state colleges, including those in New Jersey, allow older residents to audit courses for free when classroom space is available. Income is also key to winning financial aid, so even elder students need to fill out the U.S. Department of Education's FAFSA form.
December 31, 2010 |
Aker Philadelphia Shipyard, which once employed more than 1,000 at the Navy Yard and which has been a significant Philadelphia economic force for a decade, is just months from shutting down. Aker's survival relies on several financial-rescue efforts coming together to finance the construction of two more oceangoing tankers. "If they don't build these next two ships, this yard is shutting down," said Manuel "Manny" Stamatakis, chairman of the Philadelphia Shipyard Development Corp.
November 17, 2010 |
A senior vice president at Georgetown University on Tuesday was named the new chief of Lancaster's Franklin and Marshall College. Daniel R. Porterfield, who will step down as Georgetown's senior vice president for strategic development, will officially be installed as F&M's 15th president on March 1, though the transition will begin next month, an F&M spokeswoman said. Porterfield, 49, replaces John A. Fry, who resigned in March to become the president of Drexel University. Porterfield has taught English at Georgetown since 1997, and last year served as interim athletic director for the Hoyas.
October 27, 2010 |
Alexander Knapp "Whip" Buck, 80, of Princeton, a business leader and Phillies owner, died Sunday, Oct. 24, at Capital Healthcare Hospital in Trenton. In 1981, Mr. Buck and his two brothers, J. Mahlon Jr. and William C., were among the limited partners who purchased the Phillies from the Carpenter family for $30.2 million. According to published reports, the brothers own about 30 percent of the team. "The two things that appealed to them were that they loved the sport, and they followed it as kids," Phillies president David Montgomery said.
October 8, 2010 |
A new group that wants to ensure that all Philadelphia students have access to good schools will begin by offering support to those who seek to turn around failing district schools. Mike O'Neill, chairman of the Philadelphia School Partnership, said Thursday that it would use $16 million it has raised toward its $100 million goal to encourage successful providers to apply for the district's next phase of turnaround schools. Many educators, he said, are hesitant to try because they don't have the $1 million to $1.5 million in startup costs needed for each school.
August 26, 2010
Dear Harry: We have a daughter who is a high-school senior. She is considering applying for early admission to her chosen university. Her grades from a great school are in the top 1 percent, and she scored very well on her recent SAT tests. Her prospects are very good. However, she will need some sort of financial aid in the form of grants and loans. Her guidance counselor at school has told her that early admission puts her at a disadvantage in this regard because she is then committed to that university and no other.
January 7, 2010 |
A federally recognized agency has warned Cheyney University that it could lose its accreditation if it does not make changes in its long-range planning and finances. Cheyney was among four universities out of 521 to receive a warning from the Philadelphia-based Middle States Commission on Higher Education in its most recent round of actions in November. The state-run Cheyney - which has long struggled with financial woes and declining enrollment - failed to meet three of the commission's 14 standards.
December 10, 2009 |
WHEN YOUR little boy is fighting a brutal form of cancer, the last thing you want is to expose his frail health to anything viral. Last week, when Paul and Maria VanNocker let me tell of their son Kyler's battle to receive a potentially life-saving treatment, his story went viral. This virus could save Kyler, not kill him. It's not just that financial aid has poured in: Everything from a widow's $5 money order to an astounding offer, from an anonymous donor, of at least $35,000 toward Kyler's treatment.