Reported by Gil Kaufman - M TV Ohio GI Promise essentially grants vets full scholarships at state's public schools. Just a week after President Bush signed off on a new GI Bill that essentially guarantees veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars full scholarships at their home state's public colleges and universities, Ohio has upped the ante by announcing that it will offer in-state tuition rates to those who attend college in the Buckeye State. According to The New York Times, the Ohio
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Reported in the Memphis Business Journal Tuition and fees at Tennessee colleges and universities will increase 5.85 percent in 2008-09, according to the Tennessee Independent Colleges and Universities Association. For the 2008-09 school year, the average published tuition and fees for undergraduate students attending a TICUA member private four-year institution in Tennessee will be about $18,000 per year. Last year, students attending four-year private institutions in Tennessee paid 28 per
Reported by Amy Rolph - Seattle Post-Intelligencer The University of Washington Board of Regents approved two controversial changes for the state's flagship university Thursday -- one that will have some students reaching deeper into their wallets and another that already has divided faculty in science departments. The regents voted to raise tuition 7 percent for most students starting this fall -- an increase of more than $400. They also decided to move forward with the creation of a Coll
Due to the recent budget cuts of $113,000,000 affecting 17,000 freshmen at Florida's 11 public universities, FL State will be trimming its enrollment by 1,500 students, thereby making FAU the school of choice for many of those rejects. FAU is also feeling the pinch and will cut its enrollment by 1,800. FAU, the Univ. of FL and the Univ. of Central FL have capped 2008-2009 at the previous year's level. Prospective students better keep their grades up - or else!
In countless locations in over 40 states, college financial aid officers and state officials are the main sources of information at this new generation of financial aid night called, College Goal Sundays. Traditionally, financial aid nights are held in the fall at thousands of high schools, and it is here that parents and their students learn about the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), the CSS Financial Aid Profile, federal loans, and grants for very low income families. However,
INDIANAPOLIS (WISH-TV) - Legislation that could help thousands of Hoosiers continue their college educations is sailing through the statehouse. Indiana students who receive state-sponsored financial aid must use it or lose it. A bill that passed the House of Representatives unanimously would do away with a time limit. Megan Johnson is an IUPUI sophomore who works full time in the University's Financial Aid Office. She knows she will not graduate in four years. If it would take more than te
Swarthmore College will eliminate student loans in its financial aid packages and replace them with scholarships beginning next academic year.
Reported by Eileen Ambrose - Baltimore Sun Once in a while, something that sounds too good to be true is, well, true. Count the Central Scholarship Bureau as one of them. The Pikesville nonprofit offers scholarships and interest-free college loans of up to $10,000 a year for needy Marylanders. Its aim: Cover the shortfall between the cost of attending college and the financial aid package. Loans are common. Interest-free loans aren't. And if you're a student or parent of a child in col
Reported by Larry Gordon in the Los Angeles Times The high price of college textbooks is a hot issue, not just among disgruntled students weary of spending more than $100 on an economics or a chemistry tome. In Sacramento political circles, efforts to lower those costs have produced two pieces of legislation that are competing for Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s signature. The main authors of both are Democrats, and the two legislators say they are trying, among other things, to get more
Connecticut residents have a tax loophole in their 529 Savings Plan. Any taxpayer who sets up a Connecticut Higher Education Trust College Savings Program (CHET), regardless of income, or whether there’s a college or college-bound student in that household, can claim a $5,000 deduction on their state tax return. Here's how it works: 1. If your filing status is married filing jointly and you have a dependent, be they toddler, student, or older adult: Set up a CHET Name
ATTN Georgia Residents: You can benefit from a tax loophole in the 529 Higher Education Savings Plan
For Georgia residents, there's a tax loophole in the 529 Plan. Anyone who sets up a Georgia 529 Plan, regardless of income, or whether there's a college or college-bound student in that household, can claim a $2,000 deduction on their state tax return. Here's how it works: 1. For families with a college or college-bound student, simply set up the plan and make a tax deductible contribution of no more than $2,000 and name a parent as owner, and a student as the beneficiary. If y
Reported by Matthew Franck - St. Louis Post-Dispatch Missouri's supply of scholarships for needy students isn't keeping up with demand, even after pumping $45 million into college financial aid. As a result, the state has lowered the maximum awards available to students through the new Access Missouri Scholarship by 30 percent, compared with original projections. When the scholarship was created this spring, legislators had hoped to offer a maximum scholarship of $2,150 each year to s
Now that all Maryland colleges and universities have adopted the new code, students will have less worries when borrowing to finance a college education. However, what has continually been overlooked since the college loan scandal became a matter of public knowledge is how to limit what a family will need to borrow over the course of a student's time in college. To view the entire report continue here. How to pay for college without going broke Contrary to popular belief, much
Reported by Brian Morelli - Iowa City Press-Citizen Dollars for a first-year state funded financial aid program that aims to get low-income young Iowa residents into Iowa colleges are still available, an official with the Iowa College Student Aid Commission said Thursday. "The intent of the program is to encourage high school students to go on to college," said Julie Leeper, director of program administration, who oversees state scholarships and grants at the Iowa College Student Aid Com
Reported by Jim Dick - Wisconsin Radio Network Roughly six thousand college students are paying close attention to what's going on with the state budget. The longer the budget is at an impasse the longer those students will have to wait to find out if they get financial aid in the form of a state grant. Classes start next week and tuition bills are due. The UW System's David Giroux says these students have tough choices to make. Take out more loans to cover tuition, start classes and h
Reported in The Jasper Newsboy Beginning this fall, new undergraduate students will see a cap on the number of courses they may drop. The 80th Texas Legislature passed Senate Bill 1231, which will affect any student enrolled as a first-time freshman at Lamar University and all other Texas universities and colleges. The coordinating board defines a "dropped course" as a course an undergraduate student at an institution of higher education has enrolled in for credit but did not complete.
Reported by Bill Lindelof - Sacramento Bee The budget standoff at the Capitol might hold up financial aid at some California colleges, but not at Sacramento State and the campuses of Los Rios Community College District. Students who depend on Cal Grant financial aid will be getting checks soon, said Roy Beckhorn, financial aid supervisor at American River College. "If they are enrolled in Los Rios they should not worry about it," Beckhorn said Monday. Officials said they will dip i
Reported by Simona Gallegos - The Denver Post Metropolitan State College of Denver will allow students who are Colorado residents and U.S. citizens but whose parents are illegal immigrants to be admitted provisionally as in-state students, the college's president said Thursday in a letter to Metro State administrators. The announcement comes as the Colorado Department of Higher Education awaits an opinion from the attorney general on eligibility for in- state tuition for such students.
Reported by Bob Cullivan - The Gresham Outlook Legislation recently signed by Gov. Ted Kulongoski has approximately doubled the number of college students in Oregon who will be able to receive Oregon Opportunity Grants, according to Anna Richter Taylor, the governor’s spokeswoman. Under the financial aid model now, two-year and four-year college students applying for Opportunity Grants must also be eligible for federal Pell Grants – which target low-income students – and be a depen
Reported by Karen Brooks - Dallas Morning News House Speaker Tom Craddick said Thursday that he will work with state leaders to restore $154 million in community college funding that was axed by the governor's veto pen. In a friendly letter to political nemesis Jim Dunnam, D-Waco, chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, Mr. Craddick declined to get into the war of words that has escalated since Gov. Rick Perry nixed the funds in June. Mr. Perry said colleges misrepresented the number of e