Category Archives: Tuition


President Obama to Announce a New ‘College Promise’ Campaign

The movements for free community college and other tuition- and debt-free college programs will get a renewed push on Wednesday when President Obama returns to Macomb Community College, in Michigan — along with Jill Biden, the wife of Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and a longtime community-college professor — to announce a wide-ranging new effort called the College Promise campaign.

Notably, with many observers now questioning whether Mr. Obama has the political support to get his own free-c…


Rutgers Will Give Aid to Health Majors to Offset Tuition Increase

Rutgers University will offer scholarships to freshmen to offset the costs of a 60 percent increase in tuition that some students said surprised them, NJ Advance Media reported.

Tuition rates for some majors in the health professions were expected to jump to $552 per credit, up from $345 per credit. The administration said the increase was necessary to get the rates closer to the cost of similar professional programs. But some students complained that they did not receive enough notice about the…


Here Are the Colleges Where Tuition Has Risen the Fastest

The U.S. Department of Education is out with its annual list of colleges whose tuition and net price have risen the fastest in recent years.

Here are the four-year public colleges where tuition rose the most, as a percentage, from 2011-12 to 2013-14:

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And the four-year public colleges where net price rose the most, as a percentage, from 2010-11 to 2012-13:

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And the four-year private colleges where tuition rose the most, as a percentage, from 2011-12 to 2013-14:

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And the four-year private college…


After Trustees Resign, Cooper Union President Says He Will Step Down

[Updated (6/10/2015, 7:06 p.m.) with news of Mr. Bharucha's departure.]

The embattled president of the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, Jamshed Bharucha, will step down at the end of this month, he announced on Wednesday.

The announcement was made on the day after five trustees resigned amid an investigation by the New York State attorney general into the college’s decision to start charging tuition. The resignations were reported by The Wall Street Journal.

“It has been an h…


U.S. Senator’s Bill Would Make Public 4-Year Colleges Free for All

Bernard Sanders, the independent senator from Vermont and long-shot candidate for the Democratic Party’s 2016 presidential nomination, introduced a bill on Tuesday that would make attending all four-year public colleges free. The College for All Act, the cost of which would be split between the federal government and the states, has virtually no chance of passing the Republican-controlled Congress.

The bill proposes a tax on transactions in the financial sector to offset its estimated $470-billi…


State Residents at U. of California Will See Tuition Frozen for 2 Years

In-state undergraduates at the University of California won’t face tuition increases for the next two years, according to the terms of a deal struck between Gov. Jerry Brown and the system’s president, Janet Napolitano, reports the Los Angeles Times.

In November system regents approved a tuition plan — over the governor’s objections — that could have raised tuition by as much as 5 percent in each of the next five years. That measure was one component of long-running negotiations that seemed to…


‘Dreamers’ Will Get In-State Tuition at 3 Arizona Campuses

Immigrants who were brought to the United States illegally by their parents will qualify for in-state tuition at Arizona’s three public universities, the Board of Regents decided on Thursday. The Arizona Daily Star reports that the regents’ decision takes effect immediately.

The unanimous vote came two days after Judge Arthur Anderson of the Maricopa County Superior Court ruled that the Maricopa County Community College District could offer in-state tuition to students covered by the Deferred Ac…


In Early Iowa Campaign, Hillary Clinton Highlights College Affordability

Fresh off the announcement that she would run for president in 2016, Hillary Clinton visited a community college on Tuesday as part of her days-old campaign in Iowa. Here’s some of what she said about higher education in a roundtable discussion held at Kirkwood Community College:


With Cuts Looming, Wisconsin Regents OK Tuition Increases at 9 Campuses

The University of Wisconsin system will raise tuition for out-of-state undergraduates and some professional students at nine campuses, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports. The extra revenue is meant to prepare the system for the prospect of a $300-million cut proposed by Gov. Scott Walker, and to make it possible to freeze resident tuition for two more years.

The proposed increases — including a nearly 12 percent jump for nonresident undergraduates at the flagship campus — drew criticism …


Higher-Ed Wonks Are Going Ballistic Over an Op-Ed in ‘The New York Times’

Administrative bloat, not dwindling state funds, is the principal cause of skyrocketing tuition at public colleges across America.

That’s the gist of an op-ed published Saturday in The New York Times by Paul F. Campos, a law professor at the University of Colorado at Boulder, who briskly dismisses the common refrain that state legislatures’ protracted disinvestment in public university systems is at least a major component of rising costs. Here’s Mr. Campos’s conclusion:

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Sandy Baum, a senior fe…