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A normally student filled campus square at Millsaps College in Jackson, Miss., is deserted in face of the coronavirus, as the liberal arts school, like many others, faces financial and enrollment challenges Friday, April 3, 2020. At present, the school has switched to on-line teaching. Colleges across the nation are scrambling to close deep budget holes and some have been pushed to the brink of collapse after the coronavirus outbreak triggered a series of financial losses (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Financial hits pile up for colleges as some fight to survive

Apr. 7, 2020 6:18 AM EDT

Colleges across the nation are scrambling to close deep budget holes and some have been pushed to the brink of collapse after the coronavirus outbreak triggered financial losses that could total more than $100 million at some institutions. Scores of colleges say they’re taking heavy hits as they refund...

FILE - In this March 14, 2019, file photo students walk on the Stanford University campus in Stanford, Calif.  Colleges are giving out more aid based on students' accomplishments, not their financial need. And they're targeting high-income students as the recipients of this money. Colleges are competing for these high-income students in part to boost their rankings and reputations. (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)

Why rich students get more financial aid than poor ones

Apr. 2, 2020 8:39 AM EDT

Colleges are increasingly spending more to woo affluent students with scholarships based solely on academic or other achievements, experts say. And it’s leaving those who need aid the most with fewer resources to afford college. Students in the highest 25% income range received a greater amount of...

FILE - In this Feb. 14, 2020, file photo, LSU baseball head coach Paul Mainieri watches his players practice before an NCAA college baseball game against Indiana, in Baton Rouge, La. The widely praised NCAA decision to extend the eligibility of spring sports athletes who had their seasons abruptly end because of the coronavirus pandemic creates headaches for baseball and softball coaches who have to manage rosters that could become unwieldy. (AP Photo/Matthew Hinton, Fle)

NCAA throws baseball coaches a curve with added eligibility

Mar. 31, 2020 6:29 PM EDT

Widely hailed as the right thing to do for student-athlete welfare, the NCAA's decision to extend spring sports athletes' eligibility a year because of the coronavirus pandemic is causing consternation for baseball coaches. Ohio State's Greg Beals said Tuesday he isn't worried about 2021, when the 35-man roster...

FILE - In this Feb. 11, 2012, file photo, Texas Tech coach Billy Gillispie celebrates with fans after defeating Oklahoma in an NCAA college basketball game in Lubbock, Texas. Gillispie was named head coach at Tarleton State, taking over a program making the transition from NCAA Division II to Division I. The move Monday, March 30, 3030, came two years after Gillispie had a successful kidney transplant, and eight years after his last Division I job. (Zach Long/Lubbock Avalanche-Journal via AP, File)

Gillispie back in Division I close to home at Tarleton State

Mar. 31, 2020 5:24 PM EDT

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Billy Gillispie said he had other opportunities to get back in NCAA Division I basketball during a successful stint as a Texas junior college coach. The West Texas native accepted one close to home, far from the overbearing pressure of trying to reach the Final Four or win a...

FILE - In this April 3, 2019, file photo, Manuel and Elizabeth Henriquez arrive at federal court in Boston to face charges in a nationwide college admissions bribery scandal. Henriquez and her husband were charged with paying $400,000 in bribes to get their oldest daughter into Georgetown as a bogus tennis recruit in 2016. They also paid bribes to have someone cheat on their daughters' college entrance exams, authorities said. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)

Mother sentenced to 7 months in college admissions scam

Mar. 31, 2020 1:11 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A California woman was sentenced Tuesday to seven months in prison for paying bribes to rig her two daughters' college admissions exams and get one of them into Georgetown University as a fake tennis recruit. In an unusual hearing held via videoconference due to the coronavirus pandemic, the...

Gillispie named coach at Tarelton State for transition to DI

Mar. 30, 2020 9:17 PM EDT

STEPHENVILLE, Texas (AP) — Billy Gillispie was named head coach at Tarleton State, taking over a program making the transition from NCAA Division II to Division I. The move Monday came two years after Gillispie had a successful kidney transplant, and eight years after his last Division I job. The former...

In this March 13, 2020, photo, senior residents of Rice's Wiess College perform a mock commencement ceremony at the school in Houston. Due to the coronavirus outbreak it's not clear whether the campus will reopen in time for graduation. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. (Jeff Fitlow/Rice University via AP)

College seniors hurried to squeeze in last school memories

Mar. 30, 2020 12:24 PM EDT

It was during Act 1 of the final dress rehearsal for Puccini’s “La Rondine” at the Peabody Conservatory that the school president sent out an email canceling all nonessential gatherings because of the coronavirus pandemic. Cast members quickly messaged friends, who streamed into the theater...

Georgetown guard Mac McClung (2) shoots as he is defended by Creighton guard Denzel Mahoney (34) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020, in Washington. Georgetown won 83-80. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Georgetown's Mac McClung to test NBA waters, could return

Mar. 29, 2020 3:57 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Georgetown sophomore guard Mac McClung announced Sunday that he is declaring for the NBA draft but will maintain his eligibility so he can return to college. The 6-foot-2 McClung attracted an online following for his high-flying dunks while he was in high school in Virginia. He averaged...

Georgia forward Rayshaun Hammonds (20) celebrates after a score against Mississippi in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in the Southeastern Conference Tournament Wednesday, March 11, 2020, in Nashville, Tenn. Georgia won 81-63. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Georgia's Hammonds entering NBA draft, protects eligibility

Mar. 27, 2020 1:26 PM EDT

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Georgia junior forward Rayshaun Hammonds says he is entering the NBA draft while protecting his college eligibility. The 6-foot-9, 235-pound Hammonds averaged 12.9 points while leading the Bulldogs with 7.4 rebounds per game. He was second on the team in scoring, behind freshman Anthony...

College bribery scandal figure freed early over virus fear

Mar. 26, 2020 2:19 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A California winemaker who was convicted in the college admissions bribery scandal has been released early from federal prison because of concerns over the coronavirus. Agustin Huneeus Jr., 54, was freed on March 17, two weeks before the end of his five-month prison term, after U.S....