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  • GW Admissions Goes “Test-Optional”

    07/30/2015 7:48:12 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 20 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | July 29, 2015 | Spencer Irvine
    Standardized tests such as the ACT and SAT are no longer required by George Washington University. In its weekly e-mail newsletter, the school proudly announced this shift in its admissions process. The move is effective August 1st, 2015, meaning that “those applying to GW for the 2016-17 school year will have the option to include” the test scores in their application or not to. What is the reasoning behind this? The school claimed the following: “High school coursework and grades will continue to be the most important factors in GW’s holistic review process, along with a student’s writing skills, recommendations,...
  • Why Financial Aid Helps Colleges More Than Students

    07/13/2015 9:09:33 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    Forbes ^ | 07/13/2015 | Jeffrey Dorfman
    College affordability is a hot political topic these days, with President Obama pushing to make two-year community colleges free for all Americans. People want college to be affordable both to raise future productivity and to address inequality issues by equalizing access to higher education as much as possible. Yet as important as this issue it, it has also been one fraught with misguided policy and is a perfect example of the law of unintended consequences. New research by economists at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York shows exactly how bad the flaws in our current government policies are. David...
  • Miami A 'Sanctuary City' For Undocumented Immigrants

    A Man behind bars in San Fransico facing murder charges by many are wondering how he was still in the U-S after he'd already been deported five times, but never left the country. San Francisco is a 'Sanctuary City', meaning local law enforcement is not obligated to report illegal immigrants to federal authorities. Immigration Attorney Nera Shefer says Miami is also a sanctuary city, and something like this could possibly happen in our back yard.
  • A teaspoon of sugar: Many college kids are depending on sugar daddies to pay for their tuition

    06/19/2015 4:55:01 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 41 replies
    The Economist ^ | 06/18/2015
    NEARLY three-quarters of the graduates now leaving America’s colleges are saddled with debt. On average, they owe $35,051. By comparison, roughly half of all graduates carried debt in 1995 and it averaged less than a third as much, says Edvisors, which tracks student aid (see chart). As the cost of university has risen, so has the number of “sugar babies” who pay for it by selling companionship and sex to wealthy older men. Monthly pay for this is typically about $3,000, though some “sugar daddies” offer much more. According to SeekingArrangement, a firm based in Las Vegas, two-thirds of sugar-baby...
  • Suit challenges South Carolina tuition rules [instate tuition for illegals]

    06/14/2015 4:01:56 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 14 replies
    The Augusta Chronicle ^ | June 09, 2015 | Seanna Adcox
    "......Attorney Michelle Lapointe with the Southern Poverty Law Center said Tuesday the regulations often make it impossible for talented, high-achieving citizens to afford college, as the out-of-state rate can be triple the cost of in-state tuition. Non-residents also cannot receive lottery-backed state scholarships, need-based grants or tuition assistance."
  • These 5 new charts show parents aren't prepared to pay for their kid's college education

    06/11/2015 8:57:23 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 06/11/2015 | Libby Kane
    According to data from the College Board forecasted by NerdWallet, the average cost of tuition for kids born in 2015 who attend a private four-year college 18 years from now will be $261,793.For those kids attending a public four-year college, it will be $133,528.No wonder some parents start thinking about paying for college before their children are even born.In its latest report, How America Saves for College 2015, student lender Sallie Mae and market research company Ipsos surveyed nearly 2,000 American parents with at least one child under the age of 18 to find out how families are thinking about...
  • US will erase student debt for Corinthian students

    06/09/2015 1:35:33 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The federal government will erase much of the debt of students who attended the now-defunct Corinthian Colleges, officials announced Monday, as part of a new plan that could cost taxpayers as much as $3.6 billion. Corinthian Colleges was one of the largest for-profit schools when it nearly collapsed last year and became a symbol of fraud in the world of higher education and student loans....
  • Overeducated Writer Explains Why He Defaulted On His Student Loans, Asks "Am I a Deadbeat?"

    06/07/2015 2:33:27 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 63 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 06/07/2015 | Tyler Durden
    There are some valid points raised in Lee Siegel's 1100 word rant against college loans (if not so much against college education). There are some bad ones. But two things are clear: the words "personal" and/or "responsibility" were used precisely zero times, and the op-ed writer, who described himself as "the author of five books who is writing a memoir about money", is hardly a glowing advertisement for an education attained (funded with either debt or equity) at one of the Ivy League's "best", Columbia University.That, or the return on money after spending nearly a decade in university and...
  • Arizona State has doubled tuition, finds $500K to give to Clintons

    05/30/2015 12:18:01 AM PDT · by Libloather · 38 replies
    Campus Reform ^ | 5/28/15 | Kaitlyn Schallhorn
    While Arizona State University has almost doubled its tuition over the past 10 years amid claims that it needs more state money, the school somehow had the funds to give half a million dollars to the Clinton Foundation. According to The Arizona Republic, the public university paid $500,000 to the Clinton Foundation to host the former president-Bill Clinton; former-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton; and their daughter, Chelsea, during a Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) event in 2014. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Bill’s wife, is the current front-runner for the Democratic nomination for the 2016 presidential race. Mark...
  • Sky-High College Costs and Student Mental Health Care

    05/28/2015 7:58:59 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 05/28/2015 | By Christopher Carson
    Track star and Ivy-League freshman student Madison Holleran, age 19, had been a “happy go lucky,” though achievement-oriented, kid all her life, according to her father. She had no history of mental illness. At home for Christmas break last year, she broke down and told her parents that she had been having suicidal thoughts and was depressed. Her mother said that “I was shocked. She’s never been depressed before,” according to the Daily Mail. “I knew she needed a therapist, but I couldn’t get her an appointment because it was weekend.” Madison seemed to respond somewhat to the TLC she...
  • Democrats Seeking Pell Grants for Inmates at the Expense of the Law Abiding

    05/23/2015 8:59:59 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    Red Statements ^ | May 23, 2015 | Steven Ahle
    Six democrats are seeking to grant Pell Grants to inmates in prison. They claim that it will make them desirable applicants to companies when they get out of prison. Hey liberals, believe it or not companies aren’t clamoring for graduates of Stu’s University online even if they haven’t knocked off a bank or raped small children. So, why would these cons be employable? Of course, if they were to take computer classes they might stop mugging senior citizens and join the growing identity theft industry. It’s also important to know that there is not an endless pool of money in...
  • Teen Genius Solves College Loan Conundrum that So Baffles President Obama

    05/22/2015 12:03:53 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    Townhall ^ | 05/22/2015 | Charlotte Hays
    A brilliant young man has single-handedly solved the problem of college loan debt. It was a daringly simple maneuver! Tennessee high school senior Ronald Nelson, Jr., who is a National Merit Scholar, star athlete, sax player, SAT high scorer, and student body president, turned down acceptances from eight Ivy League colleges and will instead attend the University of Alabama this fall. Young Ronald seems to have absorbed at an early age a lesson that eludes many youths (and those who have long since left youth behind): avoid going head over heels in debt. This is not to denigrate an Ivy...
  • Bernie Sanders makes the pitch for free college tuition

    05/19/2015 10:28:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show ^ | May 19, 2015 | Steve Benen
    Even Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (I-Vt.) most ardent supporters would probably concede, albeit grudgingly, that he faces very long odds in the 2016 presidential race. So why run? Because there’s value in having a national platform for bold, progressive ideas that might otherwise be ignored. Bloomberg Politics reported yesterday, for example, on Sanders’ new plan to make public college tuition-free in the United States. The plan will provide tuition-free higher education to students at four-year colleges, the statement said, and is modeled after the way many European nations handle the costs of college. “Countries like Germany, Denmark, Sweden and many more...
  • Race, Socioeconomics and Funding

    05/14/2015 7:51:32 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 3 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | May 14, 2015 | Nick Kowalski
    At the South by Southwest education conference in Austin, Texas recently, on a panel entitled “What’s Next for Access and Affirmative Action?” administrators such as Anne-Marie Nunez from the University of Texas (UT) system revealed some of their thought processes. Nunez, an associate professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at UT, San Antonio, explained that one of her projects included an initiative designed for Latina immigrants in California. When “underrepresented minority students” were instructed “to think about sociopolitical issues,” they “began to build more of a sense of entitlement,” she said, adding that it is “a different kind of...
  • University to host first summit for undocumented students in higher education

    05/01/2015 10:15:13 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 5 replies
    UC President Janet Napolitano and the President’s Advisory Council on Undocumented Students will host a national summit on undocumented students from May 7-8. The invitation-only conference, which aims to discuss the needs and challenges that undocumented students face in higher education, will bring together undocumented youth leaders, immigration advocates, researchers, government officials, artists and funders from across the country. This is the first time the university is hosting a summit on undocumented students, according to UC Office of the President spokesperson Shelly Moron. Moron added that the summit expands upon Napolitano’s previous work, such as her distribution of $5 million...
  • OpEd: Texas economy could freeze up if school opportunities for undocumented are limited

    04/30/2015 1:00:36 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 10 replies
    FOX News Latino ^ | April 30, 2015 | By Dolores Sosa Green
    To borrow a quote from Game of Thrones, which recently had its season 5 premiere, “Winter is coming.” This is what can happen in Texas, our economy could start to freeze up, if we limit educational opportunities for undocumented students in Texas by passing Senate Bill 1819. It would end the dreams of thousands of Texas high school graduates, who have lived here since they were children, and rely on in-state tuition regardless of immigration status. The push to rescind 14 years of in-state tuition to these students, known as Dreamers, will greatly impact the Texas economy — a college...
  • North Texas Community Colleges Have State's Highest Number of Undocumented Students

    04/28/2015 11:37:50 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 5 replies
    KERA News (NPR) ^ | April 28, 2015 | By STELLA M. CHÁVEZ
    Texas legislators are debating whether to repeal the Texas Dream Act. Signed by then-Governor Rick Perry in 2001, the law allows certain undocumented students to pay in-state tuition. A recent Texas Tribune analysis revealed that the majority of undocumented students who pay in-state tuition rates don't attend four-year universities – they’re in community colleges. And most are in school here in North Texas. Like many immigrants, Alejandra Miranda and her parents left their native El Salvador for a “better life.” That was 12 years ago. She’s 23 now and enrolled at North Lake College in Irving. As she sat in...
  • In-state tuition bill falls one vote short (Tennessee)

    04/23/2015 10:13:52 AM PDT · by SharpRightTurn · 21 replies
    WSMV TV (Nashville) ^ | Apr 22, 2015 | Hayley Mason
    NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) - A bill that would offer in-state tuition for undocumented immigrants in Tennessee failed to pass the legislature on Wednesday. View from the Hill State lawmakers argued for more than two hours on the bill that has been four years in the making. The issue had bipartisan support, but many teetered on if this was an education issue or about immigration reform. Ultimately, the bill failed by a single vote. Several students dressed in graduation caps and gowns came to the state House to support the bill. They carried signs to represent the jobs they hope to...
  • How colleges misspend your tuition money

    04/15/2015 2:28:57 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    The Week ^ | 04/15/2015 | Ted Scheinman
    I am on the phone with a humanities professor at a small, nationally revered liberal-arts college, and she is telling me about the seltzer situation in the faculty lounge. "You know, the dean said we need to get the beverages out of there." "And that's, like, a hygiene thing?" "No, it's because they're worried we're spending too much on Diet Coke and those aluminum cans of seltzer." "Oh." "And the president just replaced his hood ornament with a Fabergé egg. Our Manhattan consulting firm said it was the only way to upstage Dartmouth." OK, I made up the egg thing,...
  • Faculty salaries aren't causing tuition hikes, AAUP says

    04/15/2015 7:03:27 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 18 replies
    The Daily Tar Heel ^ | April 15, 2015 | BY HALEY MCDOUGAL
    University tuition continues to rise, but the tendency of some critics to blame the trend on overpaid professors might not be an accurate one. When university administrators in the UNC system and nationwide decide to increase tuition, they often cite the need for funds to retain faculty as a reason for the hike. Still, according to an annual report about myths of professor pay from the American Association of University Professors, faculty salaries are not the primary cause of higher student costs — cuts to state support and declining university endowments are to blame. But Jenna Robinson, president of the...
  • Rand Paul: College tuition should be a tax writeoff

    04/11/2015 1:14:11 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 74 replies
    The Washington Post's Post Politics ^ | April 11, 2015 | Katie Zezima
    IOWA CITY, Iowa - Sen. Rand Paul called Friday for college tuition to be a tax writeoff in his first direct pitch to young voters of his presidential campaign. Paul used the power of the pocketbook, along with calls for electronic privacy and reforming the criminal justice system, to appeal to what he called the "Instagram generation," a constituency he sees as vital to his nascent presidential campaign. Paul blasted President Obama's plan for free community college, telling the crowd of a few hundred people, mostly students, that it won't work because someone has to pay for professors and facilities....
  • Why Should Taxpayers Bail Out Students Buried in Debt?

    04/09/2015 2:10:09 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 68 replies
    IBD ^ | 04/09/2015 | JOHN MERLINE
    On Wednesday, National Public Radio had a spot about how some states are reviewing laws on their books that let them yank driver's or professional licenses from those who default on their student loans. To set the story up, the NPR reporter focused on the plight of Clementine Lindley, who recalls how after graduating she had to "decide whether to pay rent, buy food or make her student loan payments" because her debt was so massive. How did Lindley rack up so much debt? NPR doesn't say, but a little sleuthing shows that Lindley got her Bachelor's degree in "Liberal...
  • Reduce Out-of-Control College Costs by Ending Government Subsidies

    04/06/2015 9:05:00 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Townhall ^ | 04/06/2015 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    IÂ’ve written many times about the shortcomings of government schools at the K-12 level. We spend more on our kids than any other nation, yet our test scores are comparatively dismal. And one of my points, based on this very sobering chart from one of my Cato colleagues, is that AmericaÂ’s educational performance took a turn in the wrong direction when the federal government became more involved starting about 40-50 years ago. Well, the same unhappy story exists in the higher-education sector. Simply stated, thereÂ’s been an explosion of spending, much of it from Washington, yet the rate of return...
  • A revolt is growing as more people refuse to pay back student loans

    04/02/2015 10:13:22 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 93 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 03/31/2015 | By Danielle Douglas-Gabriel
    Remember those 15 people who refused to repay their federal student loans? Their “debt strike” has picked up 85 more disgruntled borrowers willing to jeopardize their financial future to pressure the government into forgiving their student loans. And the government is starting to listen. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has invited the group to Washington on Tuesday to discuss their demand for debt cancellation. Although the CFPB doesn’t have the power to grant that request, the agency’s overture shows that the strike is being taken seriously. It’s been a month since 15 former students of the failing for-profit giant Corinthian...
  • College Debt Bubble Crisis: 33% Of All Student Loans Are Delinquent On Repayments

    03/31/2015 1:47:59 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 40 replies
    Market Daily News ^ | 03/31/2015 | Mac Slavo
    With all of that job creation being claimed by the Obama administration and disseminated by mainstream media outlets as signs of a sustained recovery youÂ’d think most college graduates would have no trouble keeping up with their bills. But new data released by the Department of Education tell a different story. According to the report as many as 33% of American college grads with student loan debt are now in delinquent status on their repayments. About one-third of borrowers with federal student loans owned by the U.S. Department of Education are late on their payments, according to new federal data.The...
  • The greed of super wealthy liberal colleges is astounding

    03/28/2015 11:11:21 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 03/28/2015 | NewsMachete
    According to the Washington Post, New York University is charging $66,000 a year in tuition.  This includes room and board but is still a fantastically expensive figure.  Columbia University is charging $63,000 a year, and even less well-known schools like Sarah Lawrence College and Harvey Mudd College are charging about $65,000 a year. Now, to be fair, these figures include room and board.  But even with room and board, these are fantastically expensive rates.  Many schools like NYU play a game, where they say that their asking tuition is $66,000, but after scholarships and grants, the average tuition is...
  • The Culture of Entitlement: Somebody Else Should Pay for My College Tuition!

    03/21/2015 10:54:21 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 03/21/2015 | Michael Walsh
    The headline on this op-ed piece in the Washington Post says it all: College applicant: I got in! But I can’t afford it. Was all my hard work for nothing? The author of the piece is a high-school senior in Lousiana who just got admitted to Tulane, so let’s cut her some slack here. But what does it say about the success of President Obama’s constant yammering about how college should be “free” (incrementally, of course, beginning with community college, but we’ve all seen this leftist movie before and know where it’s going)? A lot, is what: I am...
  • MARK CUBAN: Here's how to fix America's crippling student debt crisis

    03/11/2015 8:18:51 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 03/11/2015 | Peter Jacobs
    After 114 years, Sweet Briar College revealed last week that it would close after the spring 2015 semester, an abrupt announcement that shocked many in the world of academia. "This is just the beginning of the college implosion," Mark Cuban tweeted last week, after the news about Sweet Briar, an all-women's college in Virginia. Cuban, the well-known entrepreneur and billionaire investor, was not surprised by the news. For years, Cuban has warned of a "student loan bubble" created by skyrocketing tuition fueled by an endless supply of student loans. "At some point, it's going to pop," Cuban told Business Insider...
  • MARK CUBAN: Forgiving $1 trillion in student debt is 'the worst thing we could do'

    03/10/2015 11:22:10 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 03/10/2015 | Peter Jacobs
    While the closing of Sweet Briar College last week caught many people in higher education by surprise, some saw it as an early sign of an inevitable college implosion. For years, entrepreneur and billionaire investor Mark Cuban has warned of a "student loan bubble" created by skyrocketing tuition and fueled by an endless supply of student loans. A radical solution to the student loan problem would be to forgive all student debt, as a viral essay by Robert Applebaum proposed six years ago. However, Cuban thinks massive student loan forgiveness would just make the bubble keep expanding. "Forgiving the debt...
  • City University Refunds Illegal Aliens Who Paid Out-of-State Tuition

    03/03/2015 9:13:22 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 10 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 3/3/15 | Breitbart
    City University of New York is returning thousands of dollars to about 150 immigrant students who live illegally in the U.S. and overpaid for their tuition. A student group called CUNY Dreamers told school officials late last year that many immigrant students from New York paid higher, out-of-state tuition even though they were eligible for in-state rates, a difference of about $4,000 per semester. A CUNY spokesman said administrators conducted a review of enrollments on CUNY’s 24 campuses and began the process of returning excess payments. New York is among 19 states that allow in-state tuition for immigrant students. Its...
  • A Tuition-Free College Degree

    02/09/2015 2:18:58 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    EduCause ^ | November 10, 2014 | Shai Reshef, Founder and President of University of the People
    I would like to share with you a new model of higher education—a model that, once expanded, can enhance the collective intelligence of millions of creative and motivated individuals who otherwise would be left behind. Look at the world. Pick a place and focus on it. You will find people chasing higher education. Let's meet some of them. Meet Patrick. Patrick was born in Liberia to a family with twenty children. During the civil war, he and his family were forced to flee to Nigeria. There, in spite of his situation, he graduated from high school with nearly perfect grades....
  • Obama’s student-loan program $22 billion in the hole for FY2015

    02/05/2015 8:02:22 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/05/2015 | Ed Morrissey
    In the federal budget, just how big a hole would $22 billion be? As Michael Grunwald points out at Politico, that’s “larger than the annual budget for NASA, or that of the Interior Department and EPA combined[.]” And the shortfall is entirely due to the changes Barack Obama has made to student-loan programs — and could grow to ten times that amount over the next decade: In obscure data tables buried deep in its 2016 budget proposal, the Obama administration revealed this week that its student loan program had a $21.8 billion shortfall last year, apparently the largest ever...
  • University of California Pension Costs Force Tuition Increase

    01/16/2015 1:02:35 PM PST · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 11 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 1-16-15 | Ben Wilterdink
    Time and time again, California proves itself to be a what-not-to-do handbook for states looking to responsibly balance their budgets. This reputation was clearly on display by the University of California Board of Regents’ decision to increase the cost of tuition by 25 percent over the next five years. The increased tuition won’t be going to make improvements for students but rather will almost certainly go directly into funding for UC’s underfunded and mismanaged pension system. The University of California Retirement Plan (UCRP) is facing a major shortfall. In making sure that it is funded adequately enough to pay current...
  • Ann Coulter: As Long as Obama Brought Up the Cost of College...

    01/15/2015 9:21:21 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 44 replies
    Townhall ^ | 01/15/2015 | Ann Coulter
    I gather from Obama's "free" community college proposal that his plan for dealing with the Republican Congress over the next two years is to throw out ridiculously expensive ideas no one has ever heard of before, and then denounce Republicans for being naysayers. Community college is already incredibly inexpensive. The only thing that will jack up the price is making it "free." How about a big federal program to provide every American with free toilet paper? Coincidentally, that's about all most college degrees are good for these days. Obama's moronic proposal has presented the GOP with a fantastic opportunity. Since...
  • Is “free” community college just another out of touch elitist scheme? [Obamacare for college]

    01/13/2015 7:57:46 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/13/2015 | Bruce McQuain
    The short answer is “yes”. Megan McArdle makes the point : Higher education is becoming the ginseng of the policy world: a sort of all-purpose snake oil for solving any problem you’d care to name, as long as we consume enough of it. Education is a very good thing, but it is not the only good thing. An indiscriminate focus on pushing more people into the system is no cure for society’s ills–and indeed, often functions as a substitute for helping the people who are struggling in the current system. In fact (beside the fact we can’t afford “ObamaCare...
  • Obama's "Free Education" proposal: A Community-College Plan Doomed to Fail

    01/13/2015 7:33:12 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    National Review ^ | 01/13/2015 | The Editors
    The logic behind the “free” community-college program President Obama announced last week is understandable. A high-school education once put many well-paying jobs within reach of Americans. Today, post-high-school work is increasingly necessary. So President Obama has proposed that two years of community college be free for students in most programs, accompanied by more oversight and accountability from Washington. The problems begin where they did with efforts to improve elementary and secondary education from Washington: Why is a locally provided good the concern of the federal government? And since when was America’s K–12 educational system, let alone the federal government’s attempts...
  • Obama's "Free Education" proposal: A Community-College Plan Doomed to Fail

    01/13/2015 7:33:02 AM PST · by SeekAndFind
    National Review ^ | 01/13/2015 | The Editors
    Two stars from the Seattle Seahawks took time away from the field to cut an ad shilling for Obamacare. The ad, posted Friday, features Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson and rhetorically explosive cornerback Richard Sherman touting the benefits of President Obama’s healthcare law and its web portal Healthcare.gov.
  • Community College an Expensive Freebie

    01/12/2015 7:09:58 AM PST · by Academiadotorg · 18 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | January 9, 2015 | Malcolm A. Kline
    It’s one thing for conservative pundits to question the Obama Administration’s latest higher education subsidy. It’s quite another for a writer in The Atlantic to start asking inconvenient questions. “President Obama wants to provide free tuition at community colleges, a proposal that could benefit as many as 9 million students, according to a White House outline of the plan released Thursday,” Fawn Johnson wrote on the Atlantic blog. “But there's one big caveat in the proposal: There isn't plan to fund it, other than to ask Congress for the money.” “Without that crucial piece of the program, which would be...
  • Obama's Free Community College Proposal Is Ridiculous

    01/11/2015 11:32:49 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    American Thinker ^ | January 11, 2015 | Michael Filozof
    As someone who has spent over 15 years teaching at community colleges, I cannot think of a worse idea than President Obama’s proposal for the federal government to provide “free” community college tuition nationwide. Here’s why: Nothing in life is “free”: The lesson we should be teaching our students is that nothing of value is free. “Free community college” for students translates into “a tax increase for somebody else.” Who is going to pay for the billions of dollars it will cost to provide “free” tuition at community colleges, which are heavily subsidized by taxpayers already? College should be affordable,...
  • Don’t Believe the Hype: There’s Still a Student Loan Crisis

    01/05/2015 2:29:33 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    TIME Money ^ | 01/05./2015 | Mitchell D. Weiss
    When it comes to student debt, it's not fair to blame students for being in over their heads. In the first of its reports (April 2014), the BCEP concluded that not only is the price tag for governmental student loan relief programs much higher than originally thought, but their existence presents an irresistible temptation for students to “engage in more risky behavior because they don’t have to bear the full cost of their actions.” As such, the center urges policymakers to eliminate the forgiveness portions of the various relief programs to “reduce the potential for over-borrowing by requiring borrowers to...
  • The college trap that keeps people poor

    12/16/2014 6:18:15 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 59 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 12/16/2014 | Jim Tankersley
    The odds are stacked against low-income Americans seeking the education they need to move up. Chelsey Stone had already escaped so many of the traps that keep poor children in poverty for life. She recalls begging neighbors for dinner when her mother sold their food stamps for drug money. She slept on the trampoline outside when the heroin showed up and her mom locked the door and the binges began. When she rebelled as a teenager, it was with poster board: She plastered her house with bright signs warning, “Do Not Throw Needles Away Here.” Her teachers saw that spark....
  • Tuition Showdown: What is the true cost of a college degree?

    11/20/2014 7:38:45 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    National Review ^ | 11/20/2014 | Kevin D. Williamson
    As head of the Department of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano followed the U.S. government’s official practice of refusing to negotiate with hostage-takers. As head of the University of California system, she has become the hostage-taker. Napolitano is demanding that the cash-strapped state of California pony up an additional $100 million for the UC system, and she threatens to inflict a 5 percent tuition hike on students for each of the next five years in retaliation if Sacramento does not comply. This puts her on the wrong side of Governor Jerry Brown, who by being eternally fixed in anno Domini 1978...
  • How much would you pay to get your kid in Harvard?

    11/13/2014 7:11:49 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    CNBC ^ | 11/12/2014 | Barbara Booth
    Two months before 17-year-old Alexa of northern New Jersey—a national merit scholar, Girl Scout Gold Award recipient and standout soccer player—planned to submit her application to Amherst, anxiety set in. Even though she met all the requirements to land her on the college's competitive playing field, she wanted an independent education counselor (IEC) to give the final nod on her application. It didn't matter that her parents, guidance counselor, coach and teachers invested more than 100 hours steering her through the college process. Her parents contacted a pricey New York City college-planning service and, after relating Alexa's long list of...
  • Who’s Not Included In Tennessee’s Free Tuition Program? Undocumented Students

    11/10/2014 8:25:37 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 20 replies
    NPR - Nashville ^ | November 10, 2014 | by Emily Siner
    Nearly every high school senior applied for Tennessee Promise, but a small percentage of them may not be eligible for free community college tuition. Before getting the state funding, students must apply for federal financial aid — which leaves undocumented students behind. Tennessee has about 6,000 high school students who are undocumented, according to the Migration Policy Institute. The governor’s speech introducing Tennessee Promise may have encouraged that hope: “To every student, from every kindergartner to every high school senior, we will promise that he or she can attend two years of community college or college of applied technology absolutely...
  • 'If my kids want to go to college, they'll have to pay themselves'

    10/28/2014 5:03:57 PM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 124 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 28 October 2014 | Erin Clements for MailOnline
    A father of eight has sparked controversy by refusing to save money for his children’s college education. Guerilla Parenting author David T. Fagan told the Washington Post that college is 'a lot of wasted time' and if his children want to attend, they will have to pay for it themselves. The 37-year-old marketing entrepreneur, whose family lives in Orange County, California, added to MailOnline: 'The focus is too much on a piece of paper and not enough on self-reliance.'
  • Editorial: We recommend Leticia Van de Putte for lieutenant governor (Wise Latina quota queen)

    10/18/2014 5:25:45 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 8 replies
    There are a couple of ways to keep your house warm this winter. You could choose the reliable heater you’ve known for years. Or you could keep gasoline and matches handy next to a fire pit you dig in the living room. Most of us are going to pick the heater. The other choice seems … reckless. Your vote for lieutenant governor isn’t so different. Sen. Leticia Van de Putte, a San Antonio Democrat, has been a steady legislative hand for two decades. Her opponent, Republican Sen. Dan Patrick, is potentially explosive, impact unclear. Also on the ballot are Libertarian...
  • UC-backed state loan program will provide aid to undocumented students

    10/14/2014 2:59:29 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 7 replies
    UCLA Newsroom ^ | October 14, 2014 | by Katherine Tam
    Undocumented UC students who qualify for in-state tuition but are ineligible for federal assistance soon will be able to borrow up to $4,000 a year to make up the shortfall, thanks to a new law supported by the University of California and state legislators. “Giving undocumented students the same access to financial aid as other students can improve their chances of academic success and help them reach their dream of a college degree and a brighter future,” said UC President Janet Napolitano. “By investing in our students, we are investing in California.” Roughly 450 undocumented students at UCLA would be...
  • Landrieu Votes to Advance DREAM Act

    10/04/2014 2:36:51 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 20 replies
    Senator Mary Landrieu ^ | December 18, 2010
    United States Senator Mary L. Landrieu, D-La., issued the following statement today after her vote to invoke cloture on the DREAM Act. The cloture motion was defeated by a vote of 55-41. Sen. Landrieu said: "America is a land of enormous opportunity that is strengthened, not weakened, by the immeasurable contributions of people from different backgrounds. There are 2.1 million young people in this country who were brought to America by their parents as children. They are undocumented, yet they know no other home than the United States of America. I believe these young adults deserve a chance to earn...
  • Student Loan Bubble Blowback: Morgan Stanley Warns Average Debtor Can't Get A Mortgage

    10/04/2014 10:48:45 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 10/03/2014 | TYLER O'NEIL
    Via Morgan Stanley,Amid rising tuition costs, an increasing share of students rely on debt to fund their education. Student loan delinquent balances have been on the rise since the early 2000s and those with student loans are likely to be less credit worthy than those without (Exhibit 50 & Exhibit 51). As a result, consumption for the student debt-laden population may be depressed. To be sure, the share of consumption driven by college age consumers has been in decline since 2003.These challenges are further compounded under the Qualified Mortgage (QM) regulatory regime that became effective in January 2014. The...
  • Jerry Brown approves loan program for undocumented students

    09/29/2014 4:10:21 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 34 replies
    Fresno Bee ^ | September 29, 2014 | Staff
    Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation creating a new loan program for undocumented students in California’s public universities. California has already taken several steps to make college more affordable for undocumented students, including extending in-state tuition to undocumented immigrants who graduate from California high schools and making them eligible to apply for Cal Grant scholarships. Brown signed the bill on Sunday without comment.