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Pima Community College set to raise property taxes, hikes tuition to cover salaries & student services

Pima Community College plans to increase property taxes and has bumped up tuition rates as the school tries to make up for lost revenue due to a low state support and declining enrollment. The college hopes to use increased revenues to raise staff wages and continue free services for students. ... Read more»

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As businesses hunt for educated workers, states loosen purse strings for higher ed again

Many states are boosting their budgets for public higher education more than at any time since 2008 and proposing even higher allocations down the road as politicians are focusing on the need for educated workers in an economy that’s short of talent.... Read more»

Decoding the price of college: Complexity of figuring out costs holds students back

Although about 85 percent of freshmen at four-year residential colleges receive some kind of financial aid, many families get scared off by the sticker price as the processes for bringing that number down are complex and far from transparent.... Read more»

Momentum builds behind a way to lower the cost of college: A degree in 3 years

Several conventional colleges and universities are offering bachelor’s degrees in three years instead of the customary four as students and families increasingly chafe at the more than four years - and the cost - it now takes most of those earning degrees.... Read more»

'It’s a shell game': How under-the-radar companies help for-profit colleges stay in business

Tuition financing companies have positioned themselves as crucial cogs in the for-profit education industry - playing a critical role in powering the sector financially - but advocates warn that they can be exploitative and nothing more than an instrument that leads to additional debt.... Read more»

Worn-out nurses hit the road for better pay, stressing hospital budgets — and morale

In parts of the country where COVID-19 continues to fill hospitals, a rotating cast of traveling nurses helps keep intensive care units fully staffed - hospitals have to pay handsomely to get that temporary help, and those higher wages are tempting some staff nurses to hit the road.... Read more»

Getting educated while on active duty is getting harder as military rolls back benefits

While much of the attention to education benefits for service members focuses on veterans, most of the military’s 1.3 million active-duty personnel are also eligible for tuition assistance, but restrictions mean many service members have to wait for college until they leave the military.... Read more»

First steps in 2022 campaign for Arizona Dreamers’ tuition under way

The campaign to repeal a state law that forces Dreamers who graduated from Arizona high schools to pay out-of-state tuition at the state’s universities has begun, with the launch of a campaign committee that hopes to spend millions of dollars to support the measure on the 2022 ballot.... Read more»

Arizona voters will have opportunity to repeal in-state tuition ban for undocumented students

With a bipartisan vote, the Arizona House of Representatives passed a measure in favor of Senate Concurrent Resolution 1044, which will give voters next year an opportunity to repeal parts of a 2006 ban on in-state tuition for undocumented immigrant students.... Read more»

Bipartisan Senate coalition approves ballot measure to let dreamers pay in-state tuition

The state Senate on Thursday approved a measure that would allow undocumented students to pay in-state tuition and receive financial aid from Arizona universities if voters approve the change. The proposal aims to repeal parts of a 2006 voter-approved law that bars some immigrants from accessing public benefits.... Read more»

Brnovich, ABOR agree to dismiss lawsuit over tuition for dreamers

Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich and the Arizona Board of Regents agreed to dismiss the remaining claim in a 2017 lawsuit over the in-state tuition rates granted to some undocumented students. A 2006 voter-approved law prohibits people with no legal immigration status from accessing in-state tuition and financial aid.... Read more»

Report: Arizona continues to trail other states in higher-ed support

Arizona continues to be one of the worst states in the nation when it comes to funding higher education, still reeling from deep budget cuts that were made during the recession, according to a new national report.... Read more»

Senate moves to repeal Az law banning undocumented immigrants from in-state tuition

Arizona high school graduates would be eligible for in-state tuition and public financial aid at state universities and colleges, even if they are undocumented, under a proposal that won approval Wednesday in a legislative committee.... Read more»

Arizona saw some of deepest cuts, biggest tuition hikes since recession

From 2008 to 2018, tuition at Arizona’s four-year state universities rose 92.4%, trailing only the 106.9% increase for Louisiana students. But Arizona’s increase translated into an additional $5,384 per student, which was tops in the nation. ... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Brnovich goes full class-warrior crazy on tuition

AG Brnovich follows the tired conservative trope that helping the poor is bad for society and tuition assistance unfairly helps helps the losers. The serfs need to learn their place, is his not-so-subtle subtext.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Stuff costs money: Tuition suit could stiff Az's whole university system

Arizona's conservatives have blown up the collectivist model of tax funding in favor of a user-pays model for higher education. Now they don't want the user to pay, either. Ideology comes with a cost because eventually it escapes the court of public opinion – or the court of law – and runs headlong into reality.... Read more»

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