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Colorado Technical University to Participate in Yellow Ribbon Program for Veterans
All five Colorado Technical University (CTU) campuses, including its Colorado Technical University online campus, will participate in the federal government’s Yellow Ribbon Program, which provides tuition and fee assistance to eligible veterans. The Yellow Ribbon Program is part of the Post-9/11 Veterans Assistance Act of 2008 through which qualified veterans can receive grants to help cover tuition and fees equal to the most expensive in-state undergraduate education at a public university.

Study: Students want more online learning
Funding shortages, lack of teacher preparation mean schools offer less online learning than students desire, this research suggests. Despite a growing interest in online learning among students, the availability of online classes in K-12 schools and districts hasn't kept pace with the demand, according to a new report from Project Tomorrow and Blackboard Inc.

According to the report, more than 40 percent of sixth through 12th graders have researched or demonstrated interest in taking a course online, but only 10 percent have actually taken an online course through their school. Meanwhile, 7 percent of middle school students and 4 percent of high school students instead have pursued opportunities outside their school to take online courses--

Can Your Student Loan Get a Bailout?
About two-thirds of the 3 million or so college seniors who donned a cap and gown this year took on an average debt of $22,500 for the privilege of that diploma. The debt of graduate and professional students is often tens of thousands more.

As graduates struggle to find jobs during the worst economic crisis of their lifetime, an adviser to the secretary of education has already said he expects that the default rate on student loans, which cannot be easily renegotiated or discharged in bankruptcy, will rise.

CGU offer special combination degree option
Claremont Graduate University recently announced a new MBA/MPH degree, one of only ten programs that now exist in the US. The demand for healthcare workers is great and those with business backgrounds are the most needed. This is a field expected to grow even more, with the changes in U.S. healthcare policy and the aging of the baby boom population.

Tuition for private colleges and universities
Tuition for private colleges and universities in the United States will increase by an average of 4.3 percent this year, reported. The increase, which is the smallest in at least 37 years, comes from a survey conducted by the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities. ... The College Board, which collected information regarding both tuition and other fees, reported that tuition and fees together rose 5.9 percent for independent colleges and universities. Princeton University’s tuition and room and board will rise by 2.9 percent, while tuition and fees at Harvard University and Yale University will increase by 3.3 percent and 3.5 percent, respectively. Dartmouth’s tuition and fees will increase by 4.9 percent next year, according to an admissions department press release.

Drexel University Online - Highest Enrollment Year Ever
Colleges and universities across the United States are starting to take a second look at the traditional model of higher education and many are re-evaluating the way classes and degree programs are being delivered. With more than 3.9 million students, nearly 20 percent of all U.S. higher education students, currently enrolled in at least one online course, according to the Sloan Consortium, it's hard for them not to...

Students left out as scholarship providers ‘boxed
Students looking for college scholarships are going to have a harder time this year as providers, hammered by falling investment returns and declining philanthropic support, cut back. The Fulfillment Fund, a nonprofit that works with Los Angeles public high school students, has reduced the number of college scholarships offered over the last three years by nearly half and has tightened requirements students must meet, said Maria Espinosa, director of program operations. The Davis United World College Scholars Program, which last year began paying $20,000 per scholarship recipient at colleges that had at least five scholarship winners enrolled, has cut the amount in half, returning to pre-2008 levels.

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