July 19, 2015 |
For the first time in nearly 50 years, in-state students attending Pennsylvania State University will face no tuition increase for the next academic year. Reversing a proposal announced Thursday that would have raised tuition 2.7 percent, or $450, for in-state students attending the main campus, the university's board of trustees on Friday unanimously approved the tuition freeze. The break will require the board to cut as much as $17 million from the annual budget. The tuition break applies to Pennsylvania residents attending all of the university's 19 undergraduate campuses.
July 18, 2015 |
Tuition for incoming freshmen and sophomores at Pennsylvania State University's main campus would rise 2.7 percent, or $450, for 2015-16 under a proposal passed by the board of trustees' finance committee Thursday. In-state students would pay $17,022, up from $16,572 last year, the university said. Out-of-state students also would pay more. In March, the trustees approved a 3.89 percent increase in room-and-board costs. If the tuition proposal is adopted this week, the total per-student cost, including fees, would exceed $28,100 for next year.
July 17, 2015 |
A private Catholic elementary school beset by controversy after firing a popular faculty member for being in a same-sex marriage is calling in help to deal with outraged parents. Nell Stetser, principal of Waldron Mercy Academy in Merion, wrote to parents and faculty Wednesday, acknowledging that the school's community "has been shaken" by the firing of Margie Winters, the school's director of religious education since 2007. "I understand that there are feelings of frustration, disappointment, betrayal, anger, and sorrow," wrote Stetser, who fired Winters on June 22 after she refused to resign.
July 16, 2015 |
Temple University's board of trustees on Tuesday approved a 2.8 percent increase in tuition for the coming year, meaning in-state students will pay $14,398 in 2015-16, up by $392 from the last academic year. Fees for all full-time students will rise by $100, to $790, to accommodate increased costs in activities and technology, said Ken Kaiser, Temple's chief financial officer and treasurer. Students will pay $15,188 in 2015-16 for tuition and fees, up $492 (3.3 percent) from the last academic year.
July 11, 2015 |
Students at 14 state-owned universities will pay $240 more in tuition for the coming academic year under a plan approved Thursday by the board of governors of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. Full-time in-state students will pay $7,060 in 2015-16, up from $6,820. The increase comes despite Gov. Wolf's call in March for state-owned universities to freeze tuition, when he proposed a $45.3 million (11 percent) bump in funding for 2015-16. "We took what we feel was an appropriate action at this point," board spokesman Kenn Marshall said, adding that universities need to start fall planning.
July 9, 2015 |
The college transition brings with it the stress of packing, making friends, and getting adjusted to a new learning environment. For international students, coming to a new country also involves an additional anxiety: fitting in. For the first time, the Haddonfield School District is working to ease that transition for some high-achieving students from China, Superintendent Richard Perry said. In September, Haddonfield Memorial High School plans to enroll four students - one junior and three seniors - from southern China's Guangdong Country Garden School for stays of 10 to 12 months.
May 29, 2015 |
TRENTON - New Jersey's colleges should reconsider the traditional "high aid, high tuition" funding model long in place, a task force on college affordability was told Wednesday. Steven M. Rose, president of Passaic County Community College, said he believed the funding model had grown unconsciously over time: When the state cut or limited funding, public colleges and universities would raise tuition, and the state money would go toward financial aid instead. Students from wealthy families can pay full price, Rose said, and students from low-income families can receive financial aid. But the students in the middle can get caught in the gap between being able to afford college and qualifying for need-based financial aid, said Rose, who also is chairman of the New Jersey Presidents' Council, an organization of the state's college and university presidents.
April 29, 2015 |
Pennsylvania's 14 state universities raised tuition 27 percent over six years, and a state audit report released Monday says that while stagnant state aid is largely to blame, the system should do better. "Despite laudable efforts to hold down costs, the state system must look for additional ways to minimize tuition hikes, cut costs, and increase enrollment," said Auditor General Eugene D. DePasquale. The 59-page report, which was largely positive, noted that while the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education offers one of the most affordable options, "many students and families across the commonwealth are concerned that attaining a PASSHE education is becoming out of reach.
April 10, 2015 |
Several hundred undocumented immigrants are benefiting from a law enacted in late 2013 letting them pay in-state tuition at New Jersey colleges and universities, according to a new report. Last year, 251 new undergraduate students took advantage of the law, along with 113 continuing students, according to the report by New Jersey Policy Perspective (NJPP), a liberal-leaning think tank. Colleges provided the figures, which are tracked because the law requires students to submit affidavits that say they will agree to pursue legal status if federal law changes.
April 7, 2015
DREXEL University junior Zakiya James didn't graduate from high school, or even spend much time there. She never took the SATs or got a GED. None of that stopped the 17-year-old from becoming a Drexel Dragon in January. Since transferring to the school, she has been thriving, taking a host of heavy-duty engineering courses. But there's one small problem: Zakiya's parents can't afford Drexel's pricey tuition. Not by a long shot. Her mother, who works as a medical receptionist in Washington, D.C., was able to make Zakiya's housing deposit and gave her money for books, but that was pretty much it. Zakiya has gotten financial aid from the school, but she is faced with the onerous task of coming up with the rest of the money she needs for tuition on her own. It's heartbreaking.