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Out of Control College Costs

Out of Control College Costs

James Koch, acting president of Partners 4 Affordable Excellence @EDU, a board of visitors professor of economics and a former president of Old Dominion University, recently penned this editorial that’s been published in Virginia newspapers this month.  I have been asked by many individuals why I support the efforts of Partners for Affordable Excellence @EDU, which has been an important…

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Strapped students turn to GoFundMe to help finance their college education in Virginia

Strapped students turn to GoFundMe to help finance their college education in Virginia

Across Virginia, hundreds if not thousands of students have turned to a novel method of helping finance their college education, underscoring the desperate financial plight of many of the future graduates of the state’s 15 public colleges and universities. The popular website GoFundMe has had Virginia college students opening accounts over the past several years as they turn to the…

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A student-led initiative helps reset tuition in Washington state, a success story that offers a roadmap for other states

A student-led initiative helps reset tuition in Washington state, a success story that offers a roadmap for other states

Spurred by a grassroots, student-led campaign, the state of Washington in a legislative action last year dialed back its tuition fees at state colleges and universities in a historic reset that’s the first of its kind in the country. Washington state lawmakers cut tuition at the state’s four-year colleges and universities by 15 to 20 percent in the 2015-17 budget.…

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Skyrocketing tuition in Virginia’s 15 public, four-year colleges and universities far outpaces rates of inflation, income

Skyrocketing tuition in Virginia’s 15 public, four-year colleges and universities far outpaces rates of inflation, income

Hikes in tuition and fees at Virginia’s public, four-year colleges and universities have soared as much as 263 percent in the past decade, far outpacing inflation and the median incomes of households in the commonwealth. Cumulatively, Virginia’s 15 public, four-year colleges and universities hiked tuition and fees an average of 88 percent over the past decade, according to a review…

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Join us to `ACT Now’ to stem the tide of rising college tuition costs and restore the American dream of higher education

Join us to `ACT Now’ to stem the tide of rising college tuition costs and restore the American dream of higher education

No one disputes that a college degree is now the “new high school” necessary to succeed in today’s economy, or that an educated society is crucial to our country’s ability to compete in today’s diversified global economy. Yet Virginia public four-year colleges and universities are now the seventh most expensive in the country. And in 2015, Virginia had zero—that’s right,…

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UVA sits on a $2.3 billion “strategic fund” while students launch GoFundMe campaigns to pay for their tuition

UVA sits on a $2.3 billion “strategic fund” while students launch GoFundMe campaigns to pay for their tuition

Against a backdrop of soaring tuition rates that have climbed 74 percent in the past seven years at the University of Virginia, it’s been revealed that the university is sitting on a $2.3 billion “Strategic Investment Fund” that administrators have accumulated over decades. The $2.3 billion is on top of UVA’s $6.1 billion endowment that’s 18th highest in the country…

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Higher education’s “tuition bubble” is going to burst, warns Mark Cuban

Higher education’s “tuition bubble” is going to burst, warns Mark Cuban

Outside of the ivory towers on college campuses across America, the clarion call for financial reform in higher education is sounding from business leaders and entrepreneurs such as Mark Cuban, who rails against the destructive forces of ever-higher college tuition increases and rising student loan debt. Cuban, the billionaire owner of the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks and panelist and investor on…

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