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The cost of higher education in WA hasn’t increased much, but the price has gone up — here’s why

Adjusted for inflation, the total cost of higher education hasn’t changed much since the mid-1990’s. But the state’s share of that cost has dropped like a stone. Tuition and fees have increased to make up for state funding cuts — putting

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Posted in An Inclusive Economy, Educational Opportunity, Higher Education, Progressive Tax Reform

How Washington is pricing thousands of high school graduates out of college

Affordable higher education was once a hallmark of living Washington state — but no more. Sure, tuition will drop a bit in 2015-16, but so will funding for state financial aid. And even adjusted for inflation, the cost of tuition

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Posted in An Inclusive Economy, Educational Opportunity, Higher Education, Progressive Tax Reform

“What more do you want from students who do the right thing but still come up short?”

Oregon students, educators, and community members testified in overwhelming support of Oregon’s Pay It Forward proposal (House Bill 2662) on Friday, March 6 2015 – testimony begins at 1:22:06; click here for video with annotated list of speakers: Lamar Wise and other Pay

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New Jersey creates ‘Pay It Forward’ task force to address college costs

New Jersey will create a task force to study how to make college more affordable for the state’s students under a law signed Thursday. The commission will study a “Pay it Forward Pilot Program,” in which public college and universities could

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Ladders to opportunity: Angela

“I’ve been promised a dream that doesn’t exist anymore.  The rich are getting richer; the middle class are getting poorer… I think that’s really sad for our country. I’m waiting for us to step up and do something right and

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Posted in A Fair Deal at Work, Educational Opportunity, Equal Pay, Higher Education, Retirement Security

Pay It Forward pilot program recommended to 2015 Oregon Legislature

By Jessica Pollard The Pay It Forward program was conceived as an alternative method to paying for college tuition. On Sept. 11, The Oregon Higher Education Coordinating Commission unanimously voted to recommend a Pay It Forward pilot program to the

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Ladders to opportunity: Katie

“I just knew I didn’t want to live paycheck-to-paycheck like my parents have. I wanted better for myself…I threw myself into school because I saw what I could be like if I didn’t.” Katie grew up with a comfortable middle

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The Problem with Parent PLUS Loans

It’s no secret that funding trends in higher education in our state and across the nation are making it harder for low- and middle-income students to go to college, and nearly impossible for them to do so without going into

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Guest Post: Pay It Forward – the Perfect vs. the Good

The objections to Pay It Forward have come from thoughtful places, but they tend to throw the bathtub out with the bathwater. The idea clearly needs work and development, but in today’s climate, we’re probably foolish to just dismiss it. College should be free but it isn’t going to be any time soon. To reject anything that doesn’t do everything is to make the perfect the enemy of the good.

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Student debt becoming national economic worry

The U.S. Senate’s Joint Economic Committee released a new report regarding student loan debt, and the numbers aren’t pretty: over the course of the recession, the aggregate amount of student loan debt has nearly doubled from $550 billion to $1

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Posted in Educational Opportunity, Higher Education
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