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Teen pot use linked to later declines in IQ

NEW YORK (AP) — Teens who routinely smoke marijuana risk a long-term drop in their IQ, a new study suggests. The researchers didn't find the same IQ dip for people who became frequent users of pot after 18. Although experts said the new findings are not definitive, they do fit in with earlier signs that the drug is especially harmful to the developing brain.

College pay always low for select few

If you think it’s crazy that the Community Colleges of Spokane is hiking salaries for presidents, vice presidents and deans as it cuts salaries for janitors, plumbers and groundskeepers, join the club. Even in a fiscal crisis, it seems, the smallest salaries are too big, and the biggest salaries are too small.

Education investment: College students face tough choices

Until about 2007, deciding on a college degree typically involved choosing an area of interest or aptitude, then staying in college long enough to graduate. But with the cost of a college education skyrocketing and the economy still struggling, the question of choosing a marketable major becomes much more urgent.

Private student loans 101: How the terms differ

For college-bound students, the easy money seems to be everywhere. The website for Discover’s student loans says it can help: “Cover up to 100 percent of your college tuition, housing, books and more.” An online ad by Wells Fargo states that “It’s Quick, Easy and Free to Apply.”

Beaumonte beats odds, will graduate from Eastern

Against all odds, Darriell Beaumonte will graduate today from Eastern Washington University. He will be that one out of 50 – just 2 percent – of foster children from the Northwest who will earn a bachelor’s degree.

Reins shift at Zag Shop stores

Gonzaga University’s main Zag Shop bookstore reopened Thursday under new management: Follett Higher Education Group. The university joins more than half the nation’s colleges and universities by making the switch, which is expected to save students money on textbooks and return more money to the institution.

WSU’s summer tuition may be cut next year

Washington State University President Elson Floyd said summer tuition may be reduced by 16 percent next year. “What we’re trying to do is figure out more ways to get more students to participate in our summer session,” Floyd said in an interview last week. “Cost may be one of the issues associated with it.”

Student loans 101: The interest rate uproar

Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle agree: It would be a mistake to let interest rates on student loans double in July. Especially if they’re going to be blamed for it in an election year. Student loans have become a political football in recent weeks, with Democrats and Republicans maneuvering to point fingers in case Congress fails to pass legislation to prevent rates from rising this summer. The rhetoric has created confusion – and perhaps unnecessary alarm – about what’s really at stake.

WSU tuition hike to mirror last year’s spike: 16 percent

SEATTLE – People celebrated last month when the Washington Legislature said it wouldn’t have to make college any more expensive, but many forgot that lawmakers had already put plans in place for a double-digit tuition increase next school year. Washington State University’s board of regents posted a timely reminder Friday, when it voted to raise tuition 16 percent for the second year in a row.

UI goes public with $225 million capital campaign

Officials at the University of Idaho are going public with a $225 million capital campaign aimed at bringing in money for scholarships, new faculty and upgrades to laboratory and classroom spaces.

Idaho colleges raise costs again, but less sharply

Students at Idaho’s state colleges and universities will pay more next year, but the tuition and fee increases approved Wednesday by the state Board of Education are considerably lower than the stiff increases of recent years, and board members said the schools are still a bargain. “We’re still under most of our sister institutions throughout the United States,” said state board member Milford Terrell. “We’re still the best deal in town.”

Students find Western Governors University

Flexibility, affordability and credibility were the key reasons two Spokane-area residents gave for choosing to enroll in Western Governors University Washington. But reputation was also a factor. “I spoke to several students before I chose to go there,” said Spokane Valley resident Brent Gregory, a recent graduate. “I did a lot of Web research and found all positive feedback.” WGU, which is accredited nationally and locally, was endorsed by the Legislature a year ago to expand post-secondary options for the state’s students. The nonprofit college receives no state funding and offers 50 bachelor’s and master’s online degree programs in business, information technology, education and health care. It’s the only online university endorsed by Washington.

College-bound would be wise to study changes in financial aid

NEW YORK – The mad dash to cobble together college funding will soon be under way. In the weeks ahead, colleges will begin mailing out their much-anticipated acceptance letters and financial aid packages. The notices will alleviate pent-up anxiety and finally give high school seniors a clearer idea of what their futures will hold.

Vending machine dispenses ’morning-after’ pill

SHIPPENSBURG, Pa. - Students at Shippensburg University in central Pennsylvania can get the “morning-after” pill by sliding $25 into a vending machine installed at the request of the student government.

College’s rising cost steering students to private, smaller institutions

Demetrius Dennis shopped carefully to find the best college education for the lowest price. “I reviewed the departments, programs offered and cost of tuition,” said Dennis, 34. “Financing contributed at least 75 percent of the deciding factor when I chose a transfer college.”

State higher education spending sees big decline

MIAMI — State funding for higher education has declined because of a slow recovery from the recession and the end of federal stimulus money, according to a study released Monday.