Muskegon Community College encourages frontline workers to apply for free tuition before Dec. 31 deadline

MUSKEGON, MI – Muskegon Community College is encouraging frontline and essential workers in West Michigan to apply for free tuition through the statewide Futures for Frontliners program before the Dec. 31 deadline passes.

More than 430 frontline workers have been accepted to MCC through the statewide program and can begin classes in January 2021, according to a news release issued by the college. Another 2,200 applications are still being reviewed by the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity as of Dec. 1.

That’s why the college is offering its resources to any applicants who may be struggling with the application process or who need help completing the required Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

“With the deadline almost here, we do not want any qualified individual in our community to miss this once-in-a-lifetime educational opportunity,” said MCC Provost and Executive Vice President John Selmon in a prepared statement.

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Princeton Student Sues University For Spring Tuition Refund

PRINCETON UNIVERSITY, NJ – A Princeton University student is suing the university, arguing he was unfairly charged full tuition for a virtual spring 2020 semester.

Reid Zlotky filed a class action lawsuit in federal court on behalf of all students on Nov. 19. The suit argues that students should not have been charged full tuition of $25,935, after being sent home in March.

Princeton University, like other institutions, switched to virtual leaning in March due to coronavirus concerns.

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“Princeton has used the current COVID-19 shutdown circumstances to excuse its duty to perform fully the obligations of its bargain with its students, Princeton continues to demand that all students perform their contractual bargain to pay all tuition and fees for the Spring 2020 term,” Zlotky alleged in his lawsuit.

University spokesperson Ayana Gibbs told Patch the institution is aware of the

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Barry University Commits to Cover Full Tuition for Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Recipients and Announces Upcoming Drive-in Tour

MIAMI, Dec. 2, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Florida’s top achieving high school graduates can soon take advantage of the personalized educational experience and world-class instruction offered at Barry University, without worrying about tuition.  The university today announced its commitment to meet full tuition for full-time first-year Barry students who earn the Florida Bright Futures Academic Scholarship, beginning Fall 2021.

While it is typically regarded as a scholarship for public Florida institutions, Barry has long accepted the value of the state lottery-funded Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program Academic Scholars and Medallion Scholars awards. Today’s commitment will fill the gap between the value of the scholarship and Barry tuition for incoming first-year Florida Academic Scholarship recipients.

Award earners will receive Barry-funded scholarships and grants which, combined with the Florida Academic Scholarship and other federal and state-funded grants, will meet 100% of tuition.  The financial aid package is renewable each academic year

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1,300 Students Threaten Columbia University Tuition Strike

MORNINGSIDE HEIGHTS, NY — Over 1,000 students from Columbia University are committed to a tuition strike unless the school reduces the cost of attendance, increases financial aid, and meets a variety of other demands relating to the university’s investments and construction in the surrounding neighborhoods.

a statue in front of a building: A tuition strike signed by 1,300 Columbia students was released Tuesday afternoon.

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A tuition strike signed by 1,300 Columbia students was released Tuesday afternoon.

A tuition strike signed by 1,300 Columbia students was released Tuesday afternoon.

The students leading the charge on the possible strike “view it as a last-resort tactic to compel the university to listen to demands that students have been organizing around for the past few years.”

“Our mission is to make a statement about the obscene costs of college, even if you’re not rich, you’re still having to pay quite a bit of money out of pocket to attend Columbia University,” Christian Flores, a junior undergraduate student

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Antioch University Lowers Tuition for Its Online Graduate Management Programs

YELLOW SPRINGS, Ohio, Nov. 18, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Antioch Universityannounced a close to 20% reduction in tuition costs for its online Graduate Management Programs. Beginning January 2021, tuition for new and current students in the online Master of Business Administration (MBA), MA in Nonprofit Management (MANM), and Master of Human Services Administration (MHSA) will be $550 per credit hour. The program requirements have also been reduced to 33-semester credits, making the management programs even more affordable without diminishing their quality or substance. Students can begin the programs at one of six entry points throughout the year.

“Access to affordable higher education is a social and racial justice imperative,” said Dr. Terry Ratcliff, Antioch University Provost for Distance and Extended Education. “Consequently, Antioch’s administration and management faculty want to remove barriers for those who may be held back in their educational pursuits by limited financial resources.”


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Grand Canyon University Extends Tuition Freeze For 13th Consecutive Year

PHOENIX, Nov. 17, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Amidst the many things that have changed during Grand Canyon University’s remarkable transformation of the past decade, one thing has not: the cost of tuition.

For the 13th consecutive year, the private Christian university has announced it will be freezing tuition rates on its Phoenix campus. Tuition before institutional scholarships are factored in will remain at $16,500 for the 2021-22 academic year. Because more than 90% of GCU students qualify for institutional scholarships that totaled nearly $160 million in 2020, that brings the average tuition cost in 2020-21 to approximately $8,900, which is comparable to public universities and well below other private schools. That total does not include federal aid such as Pell grants and subsidized student loans or external scholarships that lower students’ out-of-pocket expenses further. In addition to tuition, GCU students pay an average of roughly $900 annually in

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University at Albany Provides MFA Students With Tuition Waivers and Funding

The Department of Art and Art History at the University at Albany is accepting applications for its Fall 2021 MFA and MA programs in Studio Art. All students in the highly competitive 2-year MFA program are offered Teaching or Graduate Assistantship funding and 50% tuition waivers.

Regular studio visits with faculty, peers, and visiting artists are designed to give students a range of contexts and viewpoints within which to consider their work. The objective of the program is to both broaden and deepen students’ understanding of contemporary art to better develop their studio preoccupations. Contemporary art seminars complement studio classes and equip students with insights that allow them to operate with increasing criticality and self-awareness.

In this affordable, interdisciplinary program, students work across Painting and Drawing, Printmaking, Sculpture and Installation, and Photography and Related Media, and are given 24-hour access to spacious, private, and semi-private studios and well-equipped common work

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Can You Deduct College Tuition On Your Federal Income Tax Return?

There are several options for deducting college tuition and textbooks on your federal income tax return, including the American Opportunity Tax Credit, Lifetime Learning Tax Credit, Tuition and Fees Deduction, and Employer-Paid Educational Assistance, as well as tax-free distributions from a college savings plan.

There is no double-dipping. Each dollar of qualified expenses can be used to justify only one tuition tax break. There are also coordination restrictions that prevent taxpayers from claiming both the American Opportunity Tax Credit and Lifetime Learning Tax Credit for the same student, even if the qualified expenses do not overlap.

The American Opportunity Tax Credit is the best of the tuition tax breaks. It is worth more per dollar of qualified expenses than any other tuition tax break, even a tax-free distribution from a 529 college savings plan. Generally, taxpayers should claim the American Opportunity Tax Credit first, unless they want to preserve its

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University of Connecticut Pauses Free Tuition Program Due to COVID-19 Financial Strains

The University of Connecticut paused its free tuition program, Connecticut Commitment, for low-income students, citing budget concerns amid COVID-19 as the reason for the halt. The program, which is about a year old, offered free tuition to all in-state students with annual family incomes of $50,000 or less.

The decision worries college affordability advocates, who fear more hits to scholarship programs as the pandemic continues.

“Pausing the program is the hardest decision I’ve had to make since arriving here,” University of Connecticut President Dr. Thomas Katsouleas told the Board of Trustees last Wednesday.

While discontinued for the time being, Connecticut Commitment’s first cohort of 260 students will continue to receive free tuition through their four years in college.

The program was projected to cost a million dollars per year, and this year, the expense will ultimately be $700,000 for the university to fulfill its promise

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Why we lowered tuition at Fairleigh Dickinson University | Opinion

By Christopher A. Capuano

The cost of a college education over the years has only moved in one direction: up. Now, college tuition and student loan debt are higher than ever with approximately 45 million Americans currently carrying $1.56 trillion in student loans. This is especially troubling considering how it affects students’ long-term goals, like purchasing a home and starting a family.

College affordability was a problem before the onset of COVID-19, but the financial impact the pandemic has had on so many students and their families has swiftly accelerated the need for change. While more students are struggling to finance their college education, the pandemic has further highlighted the tremendous advantages of having a college degree and the buffer it has provided for those in the labor force.

Although Americans without a college degree have always had higher unemployment rates, that divide substantially expanded due to COVID-19. According to

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