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Free Tuition for Low-Income Families at Michigan

The free public college movement crept into another state Thursday when the University of Michigan rolled out a new program offering four years of free tuition in Ann Arbor for full-time in-state undergraduates with family incomes up to $65,000 per year.

The program, called the Go Blue Guarantee, targets an earnings cutoff close to the state’s median income, which was $63,893 in 2015. It will launch on Jan. 1, 2018, meaning students will begin receiving awards in winter 2018 semester. Currently enrolled students can qualify.

University regents approved the plan Thursday as part of the budget for the Ann Arbor campus in the upcoming year. Officials say the move will not cut need-based aid for students from families making more than $65,000.

The program does include some asset limits for families earning up to $65,000, however. Students will need to be from families with assets under $50,000 to qualify. Assets including bank accounts, investments, real estate and businesses will be counted. Retirement accounts will not. Home equity will be counted but will be capped at 2.5 percent of income for the winter of 2018 and 1.5 percent afterward.

The award will automatically be made to in-state students who are admitted, enroll in both the fall and winter terms, apply for financial aid, and meet the income and asset requirements. The award is structured as a last-dollar program, meaning it will be paid after other forms of financial aid like federal Pell Grants, Michigan Competitive Scholarships and Michigan Education Trust funding.

Regents approved a $2.05 billion general fund budget for Ann Arbor. It expects a 1.9 percent increase in state appropriations, a 5.5 percent increase in indirect cost recovery on research funding and a 6.8 percent increase in tuition and fee revenue.

Financial aid will go up by 9.5 percent, or $15.3 million, under the general fund budget regents approved. The total need-based undergraduate financial aid budget will rise to $176.7 million.

In-state undergraduate tuition is set to go up by 2.9 percent to $14,826 for the most common lower-division rate. Out-of-state undergraduates’ comparable tuition will increase by 4.5 percent, to $47,476. Most graduate programs will see tuition rise by 4.1 percent.

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Area job losses can keep students from attending college, research finds

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Adolescents who see widespread layoffs around them as they grow up are less likely to enroll in college -- even if no one in their family loses a job.

Another Women's College Will Admit Men

The University of Saint Joseph will admit full-time undergraduate men starting in the fall of 2018 following a decision by its Board of Trustees announced Wednesday.

The institution in West Hartford, Conn., believes the move will give it the chance to expand its undergraduate programs. Leaders also said it will boost the diversity of academic thought in classrooms and create a more active student life.

The university already admits male graduate students and a small number of part-time undergraduate men in limited programs.

“Studies show that less than 1 percent of full-time female college students today attend a women’s college and only 2 percent of female high school seniors say they would consider attending a women’s college,” the university’s president, Rhona Free, said in a statement. “Admitting men will open our doors to 98 percent more women who would otherwise not even consider our high-quality, distinctive educational experience here at USJ.”

The university began a review of the idea of admitting men in November 2016. A dozen task force groups examined areas such as mission, academic programs and student life. Free said meetings with faculty, staff, students and graduates led to a consensus that students’ interests have changed and they want an environment that reflects the “real world.”

Initial reaction on social media was largely negative, with some commenters saying they believe alumnae are against the change.

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Education Department on track to update College Scorecard

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The Department of Education appears ready to update the College Scorecard later this year.

California State University looks to end placement exams

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Move is part of a goal to significantly raise graduation rates.

Experts consider Harvard's revocation of admissions offers to those in offensive Facebook group

Many experts on admissions and campus race relations say the university did the right thing.

Art colleges consider role of traditional academic measures in admissions

Some arts programs are pushing for applicants who meet higher academic standards.

 

Some colleges adopt new 'committee-based' system of doing first review of applications

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