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Lee defends Tennessee voucher program amid lawmaker concerns

Feb. 13, 2020 12:31 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee on Thursday defended the rollout of his much-debated school voucher program and downplayed recent anger from lawmakers upset with how the state has prepared to give parents tax dollars to pay for private tuition. “I care more about kids in this state...

Editorial Roundup: Pennsylvania

Feb. 12, 2020 4:13 PM EST

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from Pennsylvania's newspapers: North East charts path to future Erie Times-News Feb. 10As the 2021 closure of the Mercyhurst University North East campus draws near, the North East community stands at a pivotal crossroads. We don’t have to look far to...

New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, right, on Monday, Feb. 10, 2020, signed legislation that ramps up spending aimed at encouraging participation in the 2020 Census, during a news conference in Santa Fe, N.M. The new law devotes an additional $8 million to promote census participation and safeguard federal spending based in New Mexico. Lujan Grisham also spoke in favor of a bill that would provide a tuition-free education to 55,000 students at public colleges and universities. (AP Photo/Morgan Lee)

New Mexico lawmakers begin push for tuition-free college

Feb. 10, 2020 7:55 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Adults who return to school to pursue professional certificates and two-year degrees are getting top priority under a proposal to provide free tuition to in-state students at public colleges and universities in New Mexico. A panel House legislators advanced a bill Monday that fulfills...

FILE - In this April 3, 2019, file photo a tip box is filled with U.S. currency in New York.  Refinancing can pay off your existing student loans, replacing them with a new loan with new terms and a single payment. Some private refinance lenders allow you to consolidate your loans with your spouse’s or co-sign a loan for him or her. This may benefit you if you wouldn’t qualify for refinancing on your own. But combining or co-signing loans puts you on the hook for the entire debt.  (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

Should your student loans and your spouse’s get hitched?

Feb. 6, 2020 2:19 PM EST

Multiple studies have shown that student debt can cause borrowers to delay getting married. For some borrowers, though, marriage could actually be a gateway to paying less. You can save money by refinancing student loans, but not everyone qualifies. If your better half has a better financial profile, you can...

FTC: Consumer finance website favored companies that paid

Feb. 5, 2020 2:40 PM EST

DOVER, Del. (AP) — A personal finance website founded by former University of Delaware students has agreed to pay $350,000 to settle allegations that it posted fake reviews and steered users toward companies that paid the site, according to federal regulators. The Federal Trade Commission on Monday...

Lawmakers question governor's higher ed spending plan

Feb. 4, 2020 9:21 PM EST

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Some New York lawmakers called on the governor Tuesday to do more to help low-income college students instead of following through with his proposal that would benefit mostly upper-class students. Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, has proposed letting slightly wealthier students qualify...

Professors are turning the page on budget-busting textbooks

Feb. 2, 2020 11:35 AM EST

DENVER (AP) — Before Brandon English developed his own learning materials for the organic chemistry classes he teaches at Red Rocks Community College, his students were spending close to $600 for textbooks, in addition to paying tuition and fees. And those costs pushed many of his promising students to...

Providence schools to offer $3,200 for ESL certification

Jan. 30, 2020 2:40 PM EST

Providence public school teachers who earn their English as a Second Language certification will be reimbursed up to $3,200, city and state education officials announced Thursday. The cost of tuition is one of the biggest barriers preventing teachers from becoming certified, state education Commissioner...

Philanthropist promises free college tuition to senior class

Jan. 29, 2020 5:15 PM EST

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — A philanthropist announced Wednesday that he will pay for the college education of a graduating class of high school seniors in Ohio. Pete Kadens, an Ottawa Hills native who now lives in Chicago, pledged during an assembly to pay college tuition, room, board and fees for graduating...

Nonprofit, archdiocese invest more than $90M in 30 schools

Jan. 29, 2020 11:49 AM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — The Archdiocese of Chicago and a nonprofit will together invest more than $90 million over 10 years in 30 Catholic schools in lower-income neighborhoods on the city's South and West sides, officials announced Wednesday. Under the agreement, Big Shoulders Fund will donate $47.5 million to the...