January 31, 2012 |
In his State of the Union address last Tuesday, President Obama proposed several measures to lower college tuition. University leaders responded cautiously, warning that cost-cutting reforms might also cut into instructional quality. But here's the big open secret in American higher education: Most institutions have no meaningful way to measure the quality of their instruction. And the president didn't ask us to develop one, either. Instead, he suggested that the federal government tie student aid to colleges' success in reducing tuition and in helping students move forward.
March 1, 2013 |
Families aren't saving enough for college, students are falling deeper into debt and nearly 13% of graduates owe more than $50,000, according to new research. The bottom line of the research, gleaned from a pair of new studies, is that college-debt woes continue to worsen despite all the attention focused on the ballooning debt of America's young people. An analysis by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York shows that the number of students taking out college loans, and the amount they borrowed, both grew 70%, or roughly 7% a year, from 2004 and 2012.
August 17, 2011 |
College students may be going heavy on the books, but they could be light on fruits and vegetables, a study finds. Many may not be eating even one serving a day. Researchers surveyed 582 college students, most of them freshmen, to find out about their eating habits. As far as the fruits and vegetables were concerned, male students ate about five servings a week, while females consumed about four per week. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines suggest about two to two and a half cups of fruit and about two and a half to three and a half cups of vegetables per day for this age group.
August 12, 2010
The number of college students who are afflicted with a serious mental illness is rising, according to data presented Thursday at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Assn. in San Diego The findings came from an analysis of 3,265 college students who used campus counseling services between September 1997 and August 2009. The students were screened for mental disorders, suicidal thoughts and self-injurious behavior. In 1998, 93% of the students seeking counseling were diagnosed with one mental disorder, compared to 96% of students in 2009.
August 9, 2013
Noel Carrillo was nervous this summer about his lack of health insurance. "I was a little bit scared because things happen all the time," said the 26-year-old Westwood resident. But now that he's headed to medical school at UCLA, help has arrived. Like millions of other students across the nation, he's covered by a university health plan. Insurance coverage for young adults has been in the news as provisions of the Affordable Care Act have begun to take effect, including the option of young adults' remaining on the parents' policies until age 26. In addition, there are federal regulations taking effect next year requiring nearly all Americans to have health insurance.
March 14, 2012 |
College students gone wild? Nope. That crowd on Capitol Hill was students protesting a pending spike in the interest rate for college loans. The rate under the federal Stafford program is scheduled to increase to 6.8% from 3.4% for loans made after June 30. Stafford loans are typically extended to low- and medium-income undergrads to help subsidize their education. The College Cost Reduction and Access Act of 2007 cut the interest rates on Stafford loans incrementally over four academic years.
February 3, 2014 |
About a third of California college students report being uninsured and they said the primary reason was cost, not an aura of invincibility, according to a new survey. The results released Monday are based on a poll of 836 students at three Cal State University campuses last fall in Los Angeles, Fresno and San Jose. Enrollment among young people remains a top priority for government exchanges and other supporters of the healthcare law. The new insurance marketplaces need enough healthier policyholders to offset the costs of sicker, older customers.
September 4, 2012 |
SACRAMENTO — Two kids, two college tuitions. Add it up: One very big college bill. For John and Ellen Wong of Sacramento and many other parents, paying for college is no trivial expense. With two teenagers heading to campus this fall, the couple's total annual tab is about $66,000. That's roughly Ellen Wong's entire annual salary as a public high school instructor. "We've been saving since they were babies," said Ellen Wong, who said the couple are determined to get their kids through college without relying on student loans.
June 19, 2012 |
Here is a roundup of alleged cons, frauds and schemes to watch out for. Financial aid — The Better Business Bureau is warning college students and their families to use caution when dealing with companies that promise to help secure scholarships or financial assistance for school. Of particular concern, the BBB said in a recent bulletin, are firms that ask for an upfront fee for help in securing financial assistance. In one recent scam, students were notified that they were finalists for a scholarship but needed to pay a fee to be considered.