Thursday, February 28, 2008

Higher Education Gets Real

I pretty much cut and pasted this just as I found it on Essential Presence. Thanks to Mes Deux Cents for the heads up. If the colleges and universities out there keep up with this maybe I won't have to worry so much about my kids going to college. Actually, not just the kids - this makes me want to go back to school.

If you know a kid entering high school or who has done pretty good in their first couple of years then let them know how they can attend great institutions of higher learning free of cost. Remember, the kids must be accepted to the school based on admissions standards.

Brown University
  • Brown University's governing board on Saturday said grants will be substituted for loans for families that make less than $100,000 per year.
  • Parents who earn less than $60,000 also will no longer be expected to make a financial contribution to fund their child's education at Brown.
Stanford University
  • Stanford University said it plans to eliminate tuition for students with annual family incomes totaling less than $100,000.
  • It also will pay most room and board for students with families making less than $60,000.
Duke University

  • Duke announced a program in December that will allow students with family incomes below $40,000 to graduate debt-free.
  • It eliminates parental contributions for students from families who make less than $60,000.
  • The program also reduces loans for students with family incomes up to $100,000.
Yale University
  • Under Yale's program, families with incomes of $60,000 to $120,000 will contribute 1 percent to 10 percent of the student's bill.
  • Families with incomes of less than $60,000 will not be required to pay anything toward the cost of a student's education.

Harvard University

  • The granddaddy of them all that started this thing.
  • University's plan eliminate tuition for students from families that make $60,000 a year or less.
  • Deeply cut costs for students whose families make from $120,000 to $200,000 a year.

Dartmouth College

  • Free tuition for students whose families earn $75,000 or less per year and a universal shift from student loans to scholarships.
University of Pennsylvania

  • University of Pennsylvania has a similar program for students from ''economically disadvantaged" families making less than $50,000 per year.

Lets take advantage of these opportunities. They are there and while there are too many of our kids who this won't help because they lack the academic foundation, there are many, particularly if they work hard, who can enter into this world of opportunity.

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