Posts Tagged: tuition

New Models at Lasell: Q&A with President Michael Alexander

NEJHE Executive Editor John O. Harney had the chance to catch up with Lasell College President Michael Alexander about the small Newton, Mass. college’s plans to challenge the higher education business model. Harney: NEJHE recently published a piece on how data on colleges in NEBHE's 2018 Guide to New England Colleges & Universities—namely their acceptance rates, percentage of freshmen...

How Obama’s Tuition-Free Community College Plan Would Affect One State

President Obama started off the year with a proposal to make a community college education as “universal” as high school by making the associate degree or first two years of a bachelor’s degree tuition-free. The details of how this would be funded are still emerging. Should the proposal successfully move through Congress, Massachusetts, for one, stands to gain much from it. Here&...

Baby Talk: Children’s Savings Accounts Mark New Frontier in Paying for College

There is a growing national conversation about the role of Children’s Savings Accounts (CSAs) in building assets and creating opportunities for the next generation of students—and New England is right in the middle of it. In many respects, New England is leading the way. Through the support of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston’s Regional & Community Outreach Department and ...

In Higher Ed Finance, What Goes Up Must Come Down?

Nationally, state and local funding for higher education may be making a comeback. In fact, FY 2013 was the first year since 2009 when state and local funding per full-time equivalent student increased from the previous year, according to the State Higher Education Executive Officers Association’s annual report on state higher education finance. While 30 states increased funding per student,...

NEBHE Report Shows Tuition Freezes Help Keep Public Institutions Affordable, But Budget Threats Continue

Note: NEBHE's 2013 Public Tuition and Fees in New England Report was revised in April 2014, and some figures have changed. Please see the report for the most recent data, and contact Gretchen Syverud at gsyverud@nebhe.org with any questions. Students and families now need 18% of the median household income in New England to pay average in-state published tuition and fees at a public 4-year i...

An Oregon Trail to Paying for College

State Capital Notes ... Last July, the Oregon Legislature made national headlines when it unanimously passed a bill to develop a pilot project that would overhaul the way college students finance their education at the state’s public institutions. The proposal, known as “Pay It Forward, Pay It Back,” has quickly gained the attention of policymakers looking for ways to save colle...

NEBHE Announces More Specialized Programs with Tuition Break

New England’s public colleges and universities continue to expand their program offerings under the New England Regional Student Program (RSP), which means more access for the region's residents to out-of-the-ordinary programs at reduced tuition. Students eligible under the RSP save an average of $7,000 on their annual tuition bills. For students interested in studying and improving the hum...

Lesley Models New Undergrad Tuition Strategy to Fight Sticker Shock

Since the bottom dropped out of our economy in the fall of 2008, family income has declined and, five years later, shows few signs of recovering. Nearly all net income gain over this time has gone to the top 1%-2% in the country. Unemployment, underemployment and anxiety about job stability continue to trouble millions of American families. University presidents rightfully argue that a college edu...

Exploring Higher Education Business Models (If Such a Thing Exists)

The global economic recession has caused students, parents and policymakers to reevaluate personal and societal investments in higher education—and has prompted the realization that traditional higher ed “business models” may be unsustainable. Jay A. Halfond of Boston University and Peter Stokes of Northeastern University recently conducted a non-scientific "pulse" survey of presidents at...

State Budgets Slowly Recovering, Reports NEBHE as it Updates Figures on Higher Ed Finance

While some economists see the national economy poised to come back, state budgets and economies aren’t yet in the clear, according to the National Association of State Budget Officers (NASBO) and National Governors Association (NGA) 2013 Fiscal Survey of States. As it is, New Englanders pay just $179 per capita toward higher education, compared with $230 per capita nationally. The NASBO an...