college costs http://kplu.org en $20K in-state tuition may not be far off in Washington http://kplu.org/post/20k-state-tuition-may-not-be-far-washington <p>A child who is 11 years old today could be paying more than $20,000 by the time he or she enters state school, according to <a href="http://osa.leg.wa.gov/Actuarial_Services/Publications/PDF_Docs/Presentations/GET-Analysis6-28-12.pdf">an actuarial report </a>prepared for the state&#39;s prepaid tuition program.</p><p> Mon, 23 Jul 2012 18:15:05 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer & The Associated Press 5677 at http://kplu.org Gov. Gregoire writes to complain about WWU raises http://kplu.org/post/gov-gregoire-writes-complain-about-wwu-raises <p>Gov. Chris Gregoire isn&#39;t happy about Western Washington University&#39;s new faculty contract.</p><div><p>She wrote a letter last week to Western President Bruce Shepard expressing &quot;grave concerns&quot; about the raises faculty members are getting.</p><p> Tue, 03 Jul 2012 20:33:30 +0000 The Associated Press 5487 at http://kplu.org Student Loan Deal Pales Against Other Education Cuts http://kplu.org/post/student-loan-deal-pales-against-other-education-cuts It came down to the wire, but finally, Republicans and Democrats agreed on a deal that keeps the interest rate on government-backed student loans from doubling. It will save the average borrower about $1,000 a year, but the compromise is likely to cost students a lot more than that over the long term.<p>The agreement that lawmakers passed Friday will keep interest rates at 3.4 percent for another year. Sun, 01 Jul 2012 08:35:34 +0000 Claudio Sanchez 5457 at http://kplu.org Student Loan Deal Pales Against Other Education Cuts Buried in debt, young people find dreams elusive http://kplu.org/post/buried-debt-young-people-find-dreams-elusive Growing up near Philadelphia, Michelle Holshue's dream was to serve those in need. Applying to nursing school at the University of Pennsylvania seemed like a smart move — in 2007.<p>Nursing jobs were plentiful. The students' running joke was that hospital executives would soon be stopping them in the street, begging them to come to work.<strong> Sat, 30 Jun 2012 15:58:29 +0000 Jennifer Ludden 5453 at http://kplu.org Buried in debt, young people find dreams elusive Congress Taking Student Loans, Highway Bill To Wire http://kplu.org/post/congress-taking-student-loans-highway-bill-wire Congressional leaders on Tuesday said they were close to a deal to solve two big issues facing lawmakers — student loan interest rates and federal highway funding.<p>Both issues with looming deadlines have high stakes for middle-income Americans: If Congress fails to reach agreements by this weekend, the federal highway program would come to a halt, and student loan interest rates would double, to 6.8 percent.<p><strong>Student Loans</strong><p>President Obama has been hammering on the issue of student loans for days.<p>"This issue didn't come out of nowhere; it's been looming for months," Oba Wed, 27 Jun 2012 00:30:11 +0000 Andrea Seabrook 5408 at http://kplu.org Congress Taking Student Loans, Highway Bill To Wire Student protesters run into police trouble on Capitol Hill http://kplu.org/post/student-protesters-run-police-trouble-capitol-hill <p>An increase in the number of people protesting with the student group #MicCheckWallStreet last night on Capital Hill brought an increase in police presence with it.</p><p>And, not long after more than 80 people took to the streets to &ldquo;peacefully&rdquo; protest the rising costs of a college education, according to one organizer, the gathering turned hostile when a single arrest was made.</p><p> Thu, 21 Jun 2012 20:31:18 +0000 Evan Hoover & Jake Ellison 5365 at http://kplu.org Student protesters run into police trouble on Capitol Hill Could rising costs put community college out of reach? http://kplu.org/post/could-rising-costs-put-community-college-out-reach <p><em>&nbsp;It used to be if you can&#39;t go to a four year school, go to community college.&nbsp; Now, it&#39;s like what are you supposed to do if you can&#39;t go to community college?&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</em></p><p><em>&nbsp; Daniel Jean Baptiste, South Seattle Community College student&nbsp; </em></p><p>Tuition will go up at the state&#39;s public two-year colleges by an average of 12 percent this fall.&nbsp; For a full-time student, tuition will go from $3,542 to $4,000--a 13 percent increase.</p><p>The State Board for Community and Technical Colleges voted on the increase to help offset $110 million in state cuts to the community and technical colleges.&nbsp;</p><p>Many students, already struggling to afford school, say it threatens to put higher education out of reach. Tue, 15 May 2012 20:20:16 +0000 Paula Wissel 5024 at http://kplu.org Could rising costs put community college out of reach? Money for college getting harder to come up with, study finds http://kplu.org/post/money-college-getting-harder-come-study-finds <p>Despite signs that the state economy is improving, finding money to send children to college is still becoming more difficult.</p><div><p>More students received financial aid last year, but even more families aren&#39;t getting the help they need, according to a new report from the Washington Higher Education Coordinating Board.</p><p> Mon, 30 Jan 2012 21:22:13 +0000 Donna Gordon Blankinship 3975 at http://kplu.org Money for college getting harder to come up with, study finds