Category Archives: Tuition


Cal State Students Will Get More Say Over Campus ‘Success Fees’

The trustees of California State University voted on Wednesday to give students more say over the “success fees” some campuses tack onto their tuition bills, The Sacramento Bee reports. Critics have accused institutions of using the controversial fees, which are now in place on 12 of the system’s 23 campuses and can run to several hundred dollars a semester, to circumvent a tuition freeze that Cal State and the University of California agreed to in 2012 in exchange for increased state support.


U. of California Committee Approves Tuition Increases Amid Protests

A committee of the University of California Board of Regents on Wednesday approved a plan that could raise tuition by as much as 5 percent in each of the next five years, the Los Angeles Times reports.

The meeting, at the university’s San Francisco campus, saw fireworks inside and out. Hundreds of student protesters gathered beforehand, attempted to keep the regents from entering, and jostled with campus police officers when they intervened. Karl Pister, an 89-year-old former chancellor of the s…


U. of California System Proposes Ending Tuition Freeze

The University of California system’s administration has proposed ending a three-year tuition freeze and charging students as much as 5 percent more in each of the next five years, the Los Angeles Times reports.

The increases are aimed at bringing in much-needed revenue as the system considers expanding its enrollment and hiring more faculty members, among other things. Janet Napolitano, the system’s president, said the proposed increases could be reduced or eliminated if the state raised its co…


U. of North Carolina Approves Cap on Revenue for Need-Based Aid

The University of North Carolina system may now use only so much of its tuition revenue to pay for need-based financial aid. The system’s Board of Governors on Friday approved a rule limiting to 15 percent the amount of revenue that can be allocated to need-based aid on all 16 of its campuses, according to news reports.

The rule will cause some hand-wringing on six of the campuses that already exceed the 15-percent cap. The system’s flagship campus, in Chapel Hill, directs more than 20 percent o…


Education Dept. Unveils New Lists of Most and Least Expensive Colleges

The U.S. Department of Education updated on Monday the information that informs its lists of the most- and least-expensive colleges in the country. It is the fourth time the department has updated the College Affordability and Transparency information, which is used to call attention to colleges that do the best and worst jobs, respectively, at charging affordable tuition and fees.

The utility and effectiveness of the six lists, which appeared first in 2011 under the provisions of the Higher Edu…


Free College for Baristas? Fine Print in Starbucks Deal Says That’s a Tall Order

News of the plan for Starbucks to educate thousands of its employees through a partnership with Arizona State University broke on Sunday, and was met with celebration. “Bravo,” “Game changer,” and “Impressive” were some of the comments on Twitter. Even Oprah weighed in with praise.

But there are some caveats worth noting amid the public-relations party.

1. It’s not exactly free.

Participating employees will get reimbursed only for every 21 credits they complete (the equivalent of about seven cou…


Lawsuit Asks Court to Keep Cooper Union Tuition Free

A group of professors, alumni, and students of Cooper Union is suing to block the prestigious New York City college’s plan to start charging undergraduate tuition in the fall, the New York Daily News reported.

In a lawsuit filed in a state court in Manhattan on Tuesday, an advocacy group called the Committee to Save Cooper Union accuses the college’s leaders of bad financial decisions, including spending too much on new buildings and overborrowing. The lawsuit asks the court to block any tuition…


Florida Is Set to Approve Bill Giving Some Immigrants a Tuition Break

Florida is poised to join the growing list of states that allow students who were brought into the United States illegally as children to qualify for lower in-state tuition rates at public colleges and universities, according to reports by The Miami Herald and The New York Times.

On Thursday the State Senate approved an amended version of a bill that has previously passed the House of Representatives and that Gov. Rick Scott, a Republican, supports. The House will have to approve the Senate’s c…


U. of Baltimore Offers a Free Semester to Students Who Can Finish in 4 Years

The University of Baltimore announced on Tuesday that new freshmen entering this fall will be offered free tuition in their final semester if they can finish their degrees in four years, The Baltimore Sun reported.

The university’s president, Robert L. Bogomolny, said the break was not a direct response to the university’s low four-year graduation rate for first-time, full-time freshmen, which now stands at 8 percent, second-lowest in the University System of Maryland. But he said he hoped the d…


Marquette U. Lays Off 25 Staff Members to Cut Costs

Marquette University is eliminating 25 staff positions in its first downsizing since the 1990s. The job cuts are part of an effort to trim costs, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. No faculty members will be affected.

In addition to the 25 positions being eliminated immediately, 80 future vacancies will remain unfilled, reducing the university’s 2,800-employee work force by 105. The 25 terminated employees will receive a severance that includes extended pay and benefits, and transiti…