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Trump to Offer Exclusive Contract to Service US Student Loans

Graduates arrive for commencement at the University of California, Berkeley, in Berkeley, United States May 16, 2015. REUTERS/Noah Berger
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By Lisa Lambert WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump’s administration will soon offer an exclusive contract that will give one company the right to service billions of dollars of outstanding federal student loans now handled by four companies, officials said on Friday. The U.S. Education Department, led by Trump pick Betsy DeVos, said the streamlining…

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Tennessee Set to be First to Make Community College Free for Adults

FILE PHOTO - Tennessee Republican Governor Bill Haslam listens during the National Governors Association Winter Meeting in Washington, DC, U.S. on February 22, 2014.   REUTERS/Mike Theiler/File Photo
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By Chris Kenning (Reuters) – Tennessee will become the first state in the country to offer free community college to all adults without a degree under a measure Republican Governor Bill Haslam is likely to quickly sign into law, a spokesman said Friday. The legislation will expand on a previous law passed in 2014, when…

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Trump Seeks to Shrink Federal Role in Education with New Order

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump on Wednesday ordered Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to review the U.S. government’s role in school policy, which supporters cheered as the first step in creating more local control in education and critics worried could lead to lower quality schools in poorer neighborhoods. DeVos has 300 days “to review and,…

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New York Rolling Out Free Tuition Plan for Many Students

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By Gina Cherelus NEW YORK (Reuters) – Sotiris Charalampous spent the past two years juggling school and work in an effort to save enough money to pay for his college tuition. However, a new initiative by the state could mean the rest of the sophomore’s education costs him nothing at all, as long as he…

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Students Compete in NASA’s International ‘Rover’ Challenge

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Later High School Start Times Linked to Higher Attendance, Graduation Rates

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By Carolyn Crist (Reuters Health) – When high schools start at 8:30 a.m. or later, attendance rates and graduation rates improve, according to a new study. The study backs previous research that says additional sleep boosts psychological, behavioral and academic benefits for teens. “So much research explains the impact of insufficient sleep on suicide, substance…

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Preteens Who Mistrust Less Likely to Reach College

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By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) – Students of color who perceive biased treatment from middle school teachers may be less likely to attend college than if they trusted instructors to treat them fairly, a small study suggests. “We don’t think the discrimination and bias, by itself, had this effect,” said lead study author David Yeager,…

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San Francisco to Offer Free Community College to Residents

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By Curtis Skinner SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee said on Tuesday the city would become the first in the United States to offer tuition-free community college to its residents, framing the move as a way of helping to narrow wealth inequality in the city. The $5.4 million plan also includes $500…

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Three Big Ideas to Make It Easier to Save for College

FILE PHOTO --  A student walks at the University of Texas campus in Austin, Texas, June 23, 2016.  REUTERS/Jon Herskovitz/File Photo
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By Beth Pinsker NEW YORK (Reuters) – Surveys regularly find that Americans have no idea what a 529 college savings plan is, so a little tinkering under the hood is definitely needed. For more than 20 years, families have been able to save in these dedicated investment accounts, with the funds accumulating tax free, as…

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Can Trump Cut Funds to UC Berkeley?

Two demonstrators hold signs as they face a police line after a student protest turned violent at UC Berkeley during a demonstration over right-wing speaker Milo Yiannopoulos, who was forced to cancel his talk, in Berkeley, California, U.S., February 1, 2017. REUTERS/Stephen Lam
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By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump does not have the authority to withhold funding from the University of California at Berkeley where violent protests led to the cancellation of a speech by a far-right editor, academics and experts said on Thursday. Trump threatened to cut funds for the university’s flagship…

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