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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 …


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, …


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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …


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.


LC-CDA executive director strives for academic success locally

When she was 54, Cyndie Hammond became the second person in North Idaho to earn a doctorate in education through the University of Idaho in Coeur d’Alene. Since then, the …


New ground breaking on Riverpoint project

When Erik Nelson went back to school to become a pharmacist, he faced a long road, in more ways than one. A young father living in Spokane, Nelson enrolled in …


WSU merger plan draws concern

The chair-elect of the Washington State University faculty senate says getting everyone to agree with the administration’s money-saving plan to combine the College of Liberal Arts and College of Sciences …


Higher ed, lower affordability

Nineteen months ago, Washington’s higher education officials did what higher education officials do. They looked at a problem and wrote a report.


UW considers 20 percent tuition increase this fall

The University of Washington plans to vote on a proposal to raise tuition 20 percent this fall, while also considering a plan to use much of that increase to pay …


Lawmakers agree on tuition plan

SEATTLE – Lawmakers say they’ve come to an agreement in principle on a higher-education bill that would give the state’s five public universities and the Evergreen State College authority to …


Slated for demolition, SFCC’s Building 4 is giving its all for art

It’s the wildest doomed building you’ve ever seen. Blue, painted tree branches sprout from the hallway walls, which are a riot of color and forms. A forest of whittled limbs …


EWU students protest budget

A group of Eastern Washington University students have begun a weeklong protest on the Cheney campus to draw attention to imminent spending cuts by the state Legislature, now beginning its …


Higher education takes a beating in proposed budget

Washington’s public colleges and universities face a bleak future under the budget approved by the state House: Double-digit tuition increases, fewer slots for Washington natives, and drastic program reductions are …


EWU profs show college ‘firsts’ can change destiny of family

Martin Meraz-Garcia would drive his mother to the Tri-Cities fields at 4:30 in the morning and together they picked cherries and his nose would bleed, stinging with pesticides, and he …


Editorial: Washington must invest in higher education

Our leaders are great at selling the value of higher education and its importance to the overall health of national, state and local economies, but they fail in keeping the …


State struggling to keep up with education fund

Washington state has to change its popular prepaid college tuition program or risk financial problems down the road, a legislative panel learned Wednesday. The Guaranteed Education Tuition Program could face …


Students relying more on loans, jobs to afford education

PULLMAN – Mercedes Sheffield works three jobs, receives state help to buy food and will graduate from Washington State University this year with more than $20,000 in debt. Sheffield, a …


State cuts shifting NIC funding burden to taxpayers, students

BOISE – Falling state funding for higher education could lead to higher property taxes in North Idaho, state lawmakers were warned Wednesday as they heard North Idaho College’s budget request …


WSU associate dean says nursing can be healthy career choice

Today’s nursing school graduates continue to find good jobs even as the economy stumbles along and the uncertainty of health care reform looms. Anne Hirsch, senior associate dean of the …


EWU financial aid director has free advice: We’re here to help

College students and their families are filling out their financial aid applications this month in hopes of receiving grants and low-interest student loans – a once-daunting process. Shannon Flynn, the …


Higher-ed task force unveils list of solutions

SEATTLE – A task force charged with finding stable money to pay for higher education in Washington state has some ideas it wants the Legislature to consider. At the top …