Higher education affordability

Virtual counseling services try to increase number of rural college students – Education Article

Cayanne Korder, 18, studies in the Red Wing High library before heading to a local hospital for an internship. Korder, due to graduate this month, credits the virtual advising program College Possible for helping her get accepted to Emory University on a full scholarship. Steve Friess for The Hechinger Report RED WING, Minn. — Cayanne Korder long believed college would be her ticket out of this rural factory town of about 16,000 people. As far back as middle school, she…

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A sharp rise of Latinx in higher education— but support for them is lagging – Education Article

Hsiulien Perez, a senior at IU Northwest, jots down notes in Hawthorn Hall just before heading to an afternoon class. Aaron Cantú, for The Hechinger Report GARY, Ind. — The first time Hsiulien Perez attended Indiana University Northwest, in the early 1990s, she had just graduated from high school and given birth to her first child. Her mother, an immigrant from Taiwan, and her father, from Mexico, hadn’t gone to college and couldn’t offer any guidance for navigating day-to-day campus…

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Despite being recruited, older students in college are often left to struggle – Education Article

A day-care center at Portland State University. Twenty-two percent of the students at the university are parents — half of them raising kids alone. Photo: Ariane Kunze for The Hechinger Report PORTLAND, Ore. — Under gray skies, smiling 8- and 9-year-olds in shiny raincoats skip across the Portland State University campus. Infants and toddlers are napping in the student center. These aren’t necessarily child prodigies. They belong to students who have come to college later in their lives than traditional…

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Sometimes the lofty promises of tuition free college are too good to be true – Education Article

Students at San Diego City College in California. That state has begun a free-tuition program for community college students, but it’s limited to students who attend full time, are ineligible for other kinds of financial aid and have not previously enrolled in college. AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi It seemed that everywhere he turned, Samuel Tretjakov heard about the idea of free tuition to college. His friends discussed it. Presidential candidates kept calling for it. And politicians in his home state of…

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State tries to narrow racial disparities in Minnesota college graduation rates – Education Article

Adley Nyakora, a freshman at Minnesota State University, Mankato, plays Operation, while Cornelius Bright, Elijah Calderon-Pitchford, Aburrahman Guantai, and Jordan Headley look on. Kelly Field for The Hechinger Report MANKATO, Minn. — Adley Nyakora, 18, bends over the body of a bloated man in polka-dot boxers, examining a bucket lodged in the patient’s knee. He picks up a medical instrument and slowly lowers it, his brow furrowed in concentration. His friends, who hover over him, hold their breath. Nykora aims…

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