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September 12, 2010 | By Andrew Hacker and Claudia Dreifus
At Pomona College, a top-flight liberal arts school, this year's sticker price for tuition and fees is a hefty $38,394 (not including room and board). Even after adjusting for inflation, that comes to 2.9 times what Pomona was charging a generation ago, in 1980. This kind of massive tuition increase is the norm. In New England, Williams College charges $41,434, or an inflation-adjusted 3.2 times what it did 30 years ago. USC's current tab of $41,022 is a 3.6 multiple of its 1980 bill.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 22, 2013 | By Larry Gordon
The rise in tuition at public colleges slowed this year to the smallest increase in more than three decades, although financial aid has not kept pace to cover the hikes, according to a College Board study released Wednesday. At public four-year colleges and universities across the country, the average price for tuition and fees rose 2.9% this year - the smallest annual rise in 38 years - to $8,893 for in-state students, the report said. Room and board adds about $9,500. However, analysts urged students and families to pay closer attention to what they described as the more important figure: the net average cost after grants, tax credits and deductions.
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NEWS
July 31, 1986 | United Press International
The price of a bachelor's degree has hit a record high of nearly $70,000 at the nation's most expensive college and the average annual bill for any college this fall will rise 6%, a College Board report said today. Bennington College in Bennington, Vt., the most expensive, is issuing $16,950 "fixed costs" bills--$13,970 for tuition and $2,980 for room and board--for the 1986-87 academic year.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 23, 2012 | By Larry Gordon, Los Angeles Times
Average college tuition again rose faster than inflation this year, but the 4.8% increase at four-year state schools nationwide was the smallest rise in more than a decade, according to a College Board study released Wednesday. The report also emphasized that hefty financial aid significantly cut college bills for many students and that loan burdens were not as large as many people feared. The increase brought average tuition at public four-year schools to $8,655 without financial aid. But in what may be a happy surprise to worried families, grants and tax credits reduced average tuition bills at those campuses to about $2,900, the study said.
OPINION
March 25, 2003
Re "L.A. Ponies Up Funds for Golden Monkeys," March 20: I was appalled to learn that the L.A. City Council has come up with $100,000 a year for 10 years to pay for some Chinese monkeys. How is it that the council can't find money to pay for anything else, but yet $1 million is found? I hope these lucky monkeys appreciate their room and board during their stay. There are families with no roof over their heads and no food on their tables! Karen Jackson Valley Village
OPINION
May 26, 1991
During the worst time of the Great Depression I was a student at UC Berkeley, Class of 1933. At that time there was no tuition. There was only an incidental fee of $25. The student paid for his books and whatever he needed for his classes. The university paid even for his ink in those pre-ballpoint days. If a student could live at home, or work for room and board, no matter how poor he was he could still get a good college education. The recent decision to raise the tuition is so absurdly cruel that many good students will have to forgo this life-enhancing experience.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 14, 2012 | Steve Lopez
Many moons ago, I went to California public schools, then on to a community college and later got my degree from a state university. And I can tell you we had some complaints. They weren't using enough turf builder on the outfield grass. The band instruments had been around a few years. And the San Jose State student newspaper only published five days a week. The problems are a little different these days. My daughter attends elementary school in Los Angeles Unified, which has just sent out 11,700 layoff notices in the latest round of miserable news.
NEWS
August 7, 1987 | Associated Press
College tuitions will continue to climb faster than the inflation rate this fall, and total student expenses at some elite institutions will top $18,000, the College Board said Thursday in its annual survey of college costs. The average annual tuition and fees for the 1987-88 school year will climb 8% from last year's level at private four-year colleges and 6% at public institutions, the report said. It will be the seventh straight year that the increase exceeds the rate of inflation.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 23, 2012 | By Larry Gordon, Los Angeles Times
Average college tuition again rose faster than inflation this year, but the 4.8% increase at four-year state schools nationwide was the smallest rise in more than a decade, according to a College Board study released Wednesday. The report also emphasized that hefty financial aid significantly cut college bills for many students and that loan burdens were not as large as many people feared. The increase brought average tuition at public four-year schools to $8,655 without financial aid. But in what may be a happy surprise to worried families, grants and tax credits reduced average tuition bills at those campuses to about $2,900, the study said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 21, 1987 | DOUG SMITH
Twenty-one Japanese college students are headed for home after living three weeks with families in the San Fernando Valley. The students came to America as part of a study-tour program designed to improve their English and introduce them to some American pastimes, such as hitting Vegas for the weekend and horseback riding in suburbia. During their stay, the students went to Disneyland, Universal Studios, Magic Mountain and UCLA.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 14, 2012 | Steve Lopez
Many moons ago, I went to California public schools, then on to a community college and later got my degree from a state university. And I can tell you we had some complaints. They weren't using enough turf builder on the outfield grass. The band instruments had been around a few years. And the San Jose State student newspaper only published five days a week. The problems are a little different these days. My daughter attends elementary school in Los Angeles Unified, which has just sent out 11,700 layoff notices in the latest round of miserable news.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 26, 2011 | By Larry Gordon, Los Angeles Times
Steep funding cuts to higher education in California and elsewhere were significant factors in pushing average tuition and fees up 8.3% at four-year public colleges and universities nationwide this fall, according to a report by the nonprofit College Board. California's public universities enacted the highest average tuition increase, 21%, of any state, the annual study on college costs found. The state enrolls a tenth of the nation's public four-year college students. But even excluding California, tuition prices at such colleges rose significantly nationwide this year, an average of 7%, the College Board found.
OPINION
September 12, 2010 | By Andrew Hacker and Claudia Dreifus
At Pomona College, a top-flight liberal arts school, this year's sticker price for tuition and fees is a hefty $38,394 (not including room and board). Even after adjusting for inflation, that comes to 2.9 times what Pomona was charging a generation ago, in 1980. This kind of massive tuition increase is the norm. In New England, Williams College charges $41,434, or an inflation-adjusted 3.2 times what it did 30 years ago. USC's current tab of $41,022 is a 3.6 multiple of its 1980 bill.
OPINION
March 25, 2003
Re "L.A. Ponies Up Funds for Golden Monkeys," March 20: I was appalled to learn that the L.A. City Council has come up with $100,000 a year for 10 years to pay for some Chinese monkeys. How is it that the council can't find money to pay for anything else, but yet $1 million is found? I hope these lucky monkeys appreciate their room and board during their stay. There are families with no roof over their heads and no food on their tables! Karen Jackson Valley Village
NATIONAL
October 22, 2002 | Rebecca Trounson, Times Staff Writer
The nation's four-year public colleges and universities increased tuition and fees by nearly 10% this year, the steepest rise in a decade, according to a survey released Monday. The tuition hikes were accompanied by a 6% increase in the charges for room and board, raising the average cost of attending a four-year public school to $9,663, the nonprofit College Board reported in its annual cost survey. That is up $672 from last year.
NEWS
March 30, 1999 | MIKE CLARY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After the publication of "On the Road," Jack Kerouac came off the road to settle here, in a tin-roofed cottage tucked under the long, graceful arms of a live oak tree. And it was here in 1957, as he wrote his follow-up novel, "The Dharma Bums," that fame overtook him. By the time Kerouac and his mother, Gabrielle, moved on from their year in this College Park neighborhood, he not only had coined the term "beat generation," but also had become its literary star.
SPORTS
January 6, 1985 | HAL BOCK, Associated Press
Olympic gold medalist Holly Metcalf remembers when she discovered rowing at Mount Holyoke College. "I wanted to try something different, something on the water," she said. "This was the only sport you could start as a beginner with no experience and just do it. If you go out for the swim team, you'd better know how to swim first." The rowing program at Mount Holyoke was more liberal than that, though, and Metcalf made the team.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 22, 2013 | By Larry Gordon
The rise in tuition at public colleges slowed this year to the smallest increase in more than three decades, although financial aid has not kept pace to cover the hikes, according to a College Board study released Wednesday. At public four-year colleges and universities across the country, the average price for tuition and fees rose 2.9% this year - the smallest annual rise in 38 years - to $8,893 for in-state students, the report said. Room and board adds about $9,500. However, analysts urged students and families to pay closer attention to what they described as the more important figure: the net average cost after grants, tax credits and deductions.
NEWS
August 27, 1995 | ANGELA CHARLTON, ASSOCIATED PRESS
When Domingo Co arrived in 1987, he entered a fully subsidized student world teeming with thousands of other Africans and fantasized about his fabulous academic future. Eight years later, he's broke, he's the only African student left in his department and he dreams about nothing but his plane ticket back to Guinea this summer. The collapse of communism and the economic turbulence that followed hit many Russians hard.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 28, 1995 | NICHOLAS RICCARDI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Apparently guilt-stricken over leading his younger brother into crime, a Simi Valley man served the brother's six-month prison term, a Los Angeles County sheriff's detective said Monday. Now, prosecutors are considering billing Crispian Rawlings $9,000 in room and board for the six months that he spent as a taxpayer-supported convict--if they can find him. He and his brother, Eric, recently disappeared. "He got free meals, free bedding and free medical," Sheriff's Detective John Benedict said.
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