Business / financial management

Public universities will take on more debt as states decrease spending on capital projects

With state lawmakers unwilling to fund capital projects at colleges and universities, public institutions increasingly turn to debt to finance construction and maintenance.

Big tuition hikes at private colleges complicate affordability picture

Big tuition hikes at elite private institutions contradict the notion that colleges are focusing on reining in sticker price to make education affordable.

Mount Holyoke and a handul of other private colleges freeze tuition for next year

Mount Holyoke joins a short -- but longer than usual -- list of colleges to freeze tuition. Moves could signal awareness of a limit to families' willingness to pay high sticker prices.

Brown dispute questions what's a fair payment in lieu of taxes

Rocky negotiations in Providence about how much Brown pays the city in lieu of taxes highlights the difficulty of determining an appropriate contribution.

UC system weighs shift in tuition payments to after graduation

Proposal being weighed by University of California to shift student payments to after graduation and tie them to income would be a dramatic change in how education is financed.

Endowment returns for 2011 near pre-recession levels

Institutional endowments for the 2011 fiscal year showed returns similar to pre-recession levels, but many still worth less than in 2007.

Delayed state payments cause headaches for Illinois public universities

For three years, Illinois has delayed payments to public colleges, presenting a different sort of budgeting problem for administrators.

Survey: 1 in 5 college students with loans used aid to buy Bitcoin or other cryptocurrencies

Survey findings suggest one in five college students pours extra financial aid dollars into trendy yet risky investments in Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies.

Rowan University's change in health care inspires worry over money, privacy concerns

Rowan University will start charging insurance plans for health services, a shift that leaves some worried that the additional costs will deter students in need.

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