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.
September 11, 2009 |
Parents are getting into the financial-aid business at Pennsylvania State University in what national officials say appears to be a unique effort. In the university's Schreyer Honors College, parents are encouraging those who can afford it to give a gift to the college equivalent to their child's $3,500 merit scholarship, so that it can be diverted to other honors students who need more aid to help them stay in school. "When you pay that tuition bill, I am asking you to assess whether you 'need' the scholarship and, if you do not, please join me and my husband by making a donation in the amount of the scholarship . . . " wrote Center City parent Kristin Hayes in letters mailed to 150 families last month.
August 14, 2009
AS A SOON-to-be junior at Temple, I assumed I'd spend the summer choosing between fall internships and places to live, but certainly not deciding whether I'd be able to continue my education because of the actions of the state Legislature. Now, with only weeks before the first day of the fall semester, I (and more than 35,000 of my peers) am facing a tuition increase that may double the cost of my education. Many of us will be forced to withdraw indefinitely, and the implications could have a devastating effect on our futures, collectively and individually.
July 27, 2009 |
Letters of appeal have poured into financial-aid offices this year at colleges around the region - and the country - as cash-strapped families seek more money to keep their children in school or to get them started. The mother of an incoming freshman at Immaculata University wrote of being hit by a car, leaving her unable to work in her field and drastically lowering the family income. Another family's college-savings fund evaporated in the market downturn. Others noted layoffs, reduced work hours, losses in home-equity lines of credit, and other financial woes that had arisen or worsened since they initially applied for federal, state, and institutional aid. The increases are evident at a wide spectrum of schools, from state-related institutions to small liberal-arts colleges to larger universities.
July 15, 2009 |
Tuition and fees at Rutgers University will go up 3 percent in the coming school year, the school's Board of Governors decided yesterday. A typical in-state undergraduate in the School of Arts and Sciences will pay $9,546 in tuition and $2,340 in mandatory fees. There also will be a 4.4 percent increase in housing and dining rates. That's considerably less than last year's 8.5 percent tuition increase, which came on the heels of a $35.6 million state funding cut. This year, Gov. Corzine and the Legislature undid proposed budget cuts to higher education, but sought a 3 percent cap on tuition and fee increases.
June 26, 2009 |
Nearly 30 private and state-related colleges and trade schools in the Philadelphia area have agreed to participate in a program that will give far-reaching financial aid to veterans who have had active service since 9/11. They are among more than 700 schools nationwide that have reached agreements with the Department of Veterans Affairs to take part in the Yellow Ribbon program. The list is expected to be completed by the end of the month. The program will begin in August and is expected to swell the ranks of college-going veterans by 25 percent, said Keith M. Wilson, the VA's education service director.