Higher Ed
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4/3/2020

The San Francisco Art Institute won't admit any new students after this semester in an effort to stay afloat while finances and possible mergers with nearby schools are explored. MacMurray College in Illinois announced it will close after the semester due to ongoing financial constraints.

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4/3/2020

The $14 billion allocated for higher-education institutions that is part of the $2 trillion federal coronavirus stimulus package won't be enough to make good on losses, according to an analysis from Moody's Investors Service. Moody's analysts predict the funding will only equal 1% of most university expenditures.

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4/3/2020

The effects of the coronavirus on higher education are anticipated to extend to the admissions process for this fall, writes University of Southern California professor Robert Massa, with schools likely to offer extended admissions periods and some schools accepting a higher percentage of students than usual. Prospective students may also receive more financial aid and scholarship money due to the financial impacts their parents are experiencing, Massa says.

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4/2/2020

Students at some colleges are weighing in on their schools' decisions to cancel in-person commencement ceremonies in favor of virtual graduations, including students at Tufts, who convinced administrators to forgo a virtual event and instead reschedule the in-person ceremony when it is safe to do so. Some universities are planning to go ahead with a virtual graduation but with an actual ceremony to be planned later.

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4/2/2020

The board of the University of North Carolina System voted to adapt admissions standards for the next three years in response to students not being able to take the SAT and ACT amid the coronavirus emergency. The tests will still be required, but admission will be based on a minimum GPA or score on the SAT or ACT instead of a minimum GPA in addition to a test score.

4/2/2020

Community colleges are helping students during the coronavirus outbreak by donating food, providing for rent and leaving certain spaces open for students without reliable access to WiFi. Other schools have donated laptops, started funds for furloughed or laid-off students and made sure their course content was available on all devices.

4/2/2020

The economic models in higher education, and the grants that fund them, will undergo a seismic change in response to the coronavirus, writes Goldie Blumenstyk, who spoke to several foundations. Concerns include current and potential low-income students, funding for online teaching technology and training, and students left out after permanent closure of some schools.

4/1/2020

Some college administrators face a financial challenge in refunding students' room and board fees after campus closures, especially considering most schools don't have contingency plans for such refunds. Some colleges are offering full or partial refunds while others may offer credit toward future charges, which would give the schools time to compensate for the lost revenue, says Jim Hundrieser of the National Association of College and University Business Officers.

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4/1/2020

Few low-income and community-college students throughout New York and the City University of New York received scholarship funding through the state's tuition-free program, An analysis by the Center for an Urban Future finds. Community-college students at the State University of New York and CUNY received only 19% of scholarships awarded in 2018, according to the report.

4/1/2020

An analysis of 17 flagship universities found that when schools raised tuition, low-income students were less likely to apply, despite generous financial aid policies. Students were probably unaware of institutions' guarantees to meet financial need, researchers said in the National Bureau of Economic Research working paper.

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