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Last Update:  August 22, 2017

University of Iowa Proposes 7% Annual Tuition Hike

The University of Iowa has proposed adopting a 7% annual increase in tuition for each of the next five years.  According to the Iowa City Press-Citizen, university president Bruce Harreld told a Board of Regents Tuition Task Force that the school was recommend the annual increases, which would amount to raising tuition from $7,486 for the upcoming year to $10,537 by the fall 2022 semester.  Further, Harreld has proposed raising nonresident undergraduate tuition at a rate of just over 2% annually for the next five years.

The proposed tuition hikes come as a response to falling state support.  Iowa State University and the University of Northern Iowa have also proposed tuition increases.

 

Admissions Back to Normal at University of California Irvine

Less than 3 weeks after new broke that UCI had back-tracked on 500 students to be admitted this fall, university staff have said that each case has been reviewed individually.  Just two months prior to the start of fall classes, UCI abruptly sent 499 rescission notices, blaming transcript issues and poor senior-year grades.

However, many students claimed it was something else.  Emily Roche, 18, said "UCI overenrolled freshman, so they might be withdrawing admissions on purpose to kick as many students out."  Emily was told her transcript wasn't received on time. 

In a letter from Thomas A. Parham, vice chancellor of student affairs, he apologized for the distress caused by the last-minute rescissions and urged anyone who felt they were treated unfairly to file appeals.  He said that all accepted students who met the admission conditions would be allowed to attend and that UCI would not withdraw admission offers because of overenrollment.  His letter to students whose admission was revoked, he added, "I acknowledge that we took a harder line on the terms and conditions this year and we could have managed that process with greater care, sensitivity and clarity about available options."

Rescinded admissions are rare, especially on this scale, but it does happen and is well within the policies colleges post about pending acceptances.  Those are, as their names state, "pending" and are subject to fulfillment of additional requirements in many cases.  Most notably, it's about maintaining your academic status quo as a high school senior.  Academic performance (documented in transcripts) are typically required to demonstrate that the student continued to perform at their recent levels in 12th grade.  And deadlines are critical - the easiest way for a prospective student to lose admission status is to fail to submit documents and payments by their due dates.

 

New York Offering Free Tuition at 4-Year Colleges

New York has become the first (and only) state that offers free tuition at four-year colleges.  The free tuition plan, known as "The Excelsior Scholarship," covers tuition for any New Yorkers who families earn less than $125,000 a year and who are accepted to one of the state's public community colleges or public four-year universities.  Normally, students could expect costs ranging between $4300 and $6500 annually.

Cuomo said, "Today, college is what high school was.  It should always be an option, even if you can't afford it.  There is no child who will go to sleep tonight and say, 'I have great dreams, but I don't believe I'll be able to get a college education because my parents can't afford it.  With this program, every child will have the opportuniy that education provides."

 

Free Supplies and Clothes in East Austin Back-To-School Drive

Manos De Cristo, a local nonprofit agency, is hosting its annual Back-To-School program for thousands of low-income families in Central Texas.  Their goal is to prepare low-income students for the new school year, so they don't miss out on the essentials for a successful return to school.  Julie Ballesteros, director of Manos de Cristo, said "For many of these children, that's a first time experience.  They are used to getting brother or sister hand-me-downs or things that are gently used."  During this program, however, students can select a new set of clothing, school supplies, books, pens and a new backpack, as well.

In a recent study, the average costs for must-have elementary school supplies can total nearly $650, and those expensies are often beyond the reach of low-income families.

 


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