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March 8, 2014 | By Susan Snyder, Inquirer Staff Writer
A proposal that would allow West Chester University to withdraw from the state's financially strapped higher-education system could hit students and parents in the pocketbook, the system's chancellor warned Thursday. Were West Chester to become a "state-related" school like Pennsylvania State University, it would most certainly mean higher tuition, fees, and other costs, said Frank T. Brogan, chancellor of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. Students at Penn State's main campus pay $26,362 annually in tuition, fees, and room and board, compared with about $17,000 annually on average at the 14 state system universities.
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March 2, 2014 | By Susan Snyder, Inquirer Staff Writer
The University of Pennsylvania is launching a $240 million fund-raising 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 effort was announced at the board of trustees meeting. To start the "Penn Compact 2020 Presidential Initiative," the university is seeking $1 million in donations from at least five individuals, which Penn will match. If the effort is successful, Penn will have raised $600 million for financial aid over the last decade.
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March 1, 2014 | By Susan Snyder, Inquirer Staff Writer
Despite President Obama's focus on the soaring costs of a college education, area universities are poised to again raise their prices in excess of the core rate of inflation. Costs at the University of Pennsylvania in 2014-15 will exceed $60,000 for the first time, under a fee increase announced at the board of trustees meeting Thursday. That's a 3.9 percent increase over last year's overall tuition, fees, and room and board. Several other private colleges and universities around the region also have set their cost increases for next year, ranging from a low of 3 percent at Swarthmore College to 4.4 percent at Immaculata University.
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March 1, 2014 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
A bill in the works that might allow West Chester University to pull out of the financially struggling State System of Higher Education might come with a steep price of its own, the head of the university's faculty union warned Thursday. If West Chester became state-related, rather than being part of the 14-school system, tuition could go up and less money might be available to retain full-time faculty, said Lisa Millhous, a professor and president of the school's chapter of the Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties.
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February 28, 2014 | By Susan Snyder, Inquirer Staff Writer
Despite President Obama's focus on the soaring costs of a college education, area universities are poised to raise their prices again in excess of the core rate of inflation. Costs at the University of Pennsylvania in 2014-15 will exceed $60,000 for the first time under a fee increase announced at the board of trustees meeting on Thursday. That's a 3.9 percent increase over last year's overall tuition, fees and room and board. Several other private colleges and universities around the region also have set their cost increases for next year, ranging from a low of 3 percent at Swarthmore College to 4.4 percent at Immaculata University.
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February 28, 2014 | By Susan Snyder, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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January 9, 2014 | By Maddie Hanna, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
UNION CITY, N.J. - Children in this primarily Hispanic city have not been sounding off about Gov. Christie's signing a bill last month that lets undocumented immigrants pay in-state tuition at New Jersey colleges. But they were front and center Tuesday as the Republican governor, viewed as a likely presidential candidate in 2016, defended his decision to potential critics. "Let's say that there might be some in this audience today, or some who will watch this on television later, who have a disagreement on the principle of this issue.
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December 23, 2013 | By Jan Hefler and Jonathan Lai, Inquirer Staff Writers
For Edwin Javier, the signing of New Jersey's "Dream Act" by Gov. Christie on Friday, allowing undocumented immigrants like him to pay cheaper in-state tuition at state colleges, means he now will be able to afford a university education. Javier, 21, said he had hoped to attend Rutgers-Camden when he graduated from Pennsauken High School in 2012, but could not because he was ineligible for in-state tuition. As he watched lawmakers in Trenton approve the bill Thursday - after a dramatic deal between the Republican governor and the Legislature's Democratic leadership - Javier, who at age 12 ran across the Mexico-Arizona border, realized he could now be the first in his family to go to college.
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December 14, 2013 | By Maddie Hanna, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
TRENTON - A bill qualifying undocumented immigrants for in-state college tuition rates cleared an Assembly committee Thursday, moving one step toward reaching the desk of Gov. Christie - who has said he would not sign it. The apparent impasse did not stop Democratic lawmakers and supporters of the bill from celebrating its release from the Budget Committee, which dropped an earlier in-state tuition proposal and advanced the same measure - giving undocumented...
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