Category Archives: Tuition


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…


N.J. Governor Agrees to In-State Tuition for Immigrant Students

The New Jersey Legislature approved a bill on Thursday that would allow students who grew up in New Jersey but are in the United States illegally to pay in-state college tuition, and Gov. Chris Christie plans to sign the measure into law on Friday, according to The New York Times and The Star-Ledger.

The legislation would permit immigrant students who graduated from New Jersey high schools after attending for at least three years to be eligible for the lower in-state rates.

Mr. Christie, a Repub…


How Colleges’ Policies Affect the Enrollment of Low-Income Students

The average price low-income students pay after receiving financial aid has a statistically significant influence on their representation at a college, according to a new working paper. But it is hardly the only factor affecting their enrollment.

A college’s cost of attendance, expenditures per student, selectivity, and financial-aid policies also make a difference, according to the paper’s analysis of four-year public and private nonprofit colleges.

The results “suggest that the model of high p…


Cooper Union Will Begin Charging Tuition to Undergraduate Students

Following what it called “18 months of intense analysis and vigorous debate,” the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art announced on Tuesday that its Board of Trustees had voted last week to begin charging tuition to undergraduate students, in another move that breaks with the selective New York City college’s long-held custom of offering its students a free higher education.

Cooper Union announced a year ago that it would begin charging graduate students, and the prospect of colle…