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New York’s ‘free tuition’ gamble

Education | More than half of students at state colleges and universities now pay nothing to attend class
by Leigh Jones
Posted 10/04/17, 01:17 pm

More than a month after most college students sat through their first lecture of the year, the New York governor’s office released details about how many of them are doing it for free.

About 400,000 students attend schools in the State University of New York and City University of New York systems, and just a little more than half of them—53 percent—do not pay any tuition. That number got a bump this year after Gov. Andrew Cuomo launched the Excelsior Scholarship program.

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The national education albatross

Education | Newly released student loan data paints a bleak picture for graduates and the U.S. taxpayer
by Leigh Jones
Posted 9/27/17, 03:31 pm

The federal government now holds $1.34 trillion in outstanding student loans, a jaw-dropping quantification of the importance Americans place on a college education.

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Trump’s child care promises are low priority for GOP

Education | Democrats continue to take the lead in legislative efforts
by Leigh Jones
Posted 9/20/17, 04:07 pm

President Donald Trump made affordable child care part of his 2016 campaign platform, and in February he unveiled a proposal for child care tax deductions and credits to help ease the financial burden for working families.

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