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APLU In The News: February 2016

February 23, 2016
When students are short on funds for tuition but otherwise on track to graduate, colleges and universities should provide “completion grants” to help make sure the students finish school instead of dropping out. That is the major thrust behind a new report released Monday and meant to highlight the best ways to identify and assist students for whom a lack of cash is the only thing that stands in between the students and earning a degree.
February 23, 2016
Oregon's seven public universities want more state money to help undergraduate students who are on the verge of graduation but face money woes stay in school. Higher education leaders are asking for $15 million from the Legislature during February's short session to help students who otherwise might drop out stay in school and finish their degrees, a request officials don't expect to receive with competing requests and a rapidly approaching legislative deadline.
February 22, 2016
Even modest financial hardships can often derail students who are nearing graduation. That’s why some colleges give small awards known as completion grants to low-income students who are well on their way to earning a degree. A just-in-time grant of even a few hundred dollars can keep many recipients from dropping out, according to a report released on Monday by the Coalition of Urban-Serving Universities and the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities. The report, "Foiling the Dropout Trap," describes how 10 colleges are using similar aid strategies to help students overcome financial shortfalls and stay enrolled.
February 22, 2016
A small amount of financial aid, even $300, can go a long way toward helping a student graduate. Emergency aid or microgrants from colleges can be used to cover a last tuition bill or even to help pay for a financial emergency, like fixing a car or visiting a sick relative. Microgrants aren’t new. But a growing number of colleges -- both community colleges and four-year institutions -- have data to prove that this form of institutional aid improves student retention and can even save a college money by preventing dropouts.
February 22, 2016
A new report from the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities encourages schools to use predictive analytics to identify at-risk students and continue to track their progress after they’ve received grants. The suggestions are a part of guidelines for schools interested in using small grants to improve retention and completion.
February 17, 2016
During the summer between his sophomore and junior years at Georgia State University, life finally appeared to give Tyler Mulvenna a break. Since his mother got laid off, Mulvenna was working up to 70 hours a week to help cover the mortgage and utilities, as well as transportation, food and textbooks — all while inching toward a degree in French with a concentration in international business. The soft-spoken 21-year-old had time for homework only on his three-hour daily bus commutes to and from the university, where he was striving to graduate within four years. Taking longer, after all, would only cost more.
February 10, 2016
"Election-year politics should not foreclose progress in the year ahead," Peter McPherson, president of the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities, said in a statement on President Obama's 2017 budget proposal. Ambitious proposals to pour money into seeking a cure for cancer and the like "should not be immediately dismissed simply because there will be a new occupant at 1600 Pennsylvania a year from now."
February 10, 2016
"Year-round Pell grants help students graduate faster, with less debt, and join the workforce sooner -- all of which contributes to student success and a healthy economy," said APLU President Peter McPherson in a statement Tuesday. "Combined with full funding of the Pell grant program and indexing future increases to the rate of inflation, the president's budget proposal seeks to broaden access and accelerate completion. These are shared goals that should be immune from party politics."