August 22, 2014—Here is what’s new in education news this week.
Going back to school is usually a fun and exciting time of the year, but it can also occasionally cause stress. This is especially true for high-achieving, low-income students and their families due to the high cost of school supplies these students need to succeed. Moreover, over the past several years, the cost of the items families are expected to supply their students with has skyrocketed.
Topics: low income
Many college students are surprised to learn that textbooks for their courses can sometimes exceed $1,000, especially if their schedule has more than one STEM course. In fact, for students who attend community colleges, textbook costs can rival actual tuition.
Topics: college cost
According to USA Today, about 24 percent of entering freshman in U.S. colleges and universities are low-income, first-generation college students—that is, those students from low-income homes who are the first person in their family to attend a four-year institution in order to attain a bachelor's degree. But over a quarter of them will leave college after their first year, which is four times the drop-out rate for higher-income, second-generation students, and 89 percent won’t finish within six years.
Topics: college decision
LANSDOWNE, VA – Today the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation announces that two of the nation’s most generous undergraduate scholarships will accept applications this fall. The Foundation’s College Scholarship application will open by September 12, and the Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship application will open by October 6. Both scholarships provide selected students up to $40,000 per year, the Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship for up to three years and the College Scholarship for up to four years, to study at an accredited U.S. college or university.
2005 Graduate Scholar Randy Regier will be featured in the “State of The Art: Discovering American Art Now” show at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. We asked Randy a few questions about his career as an artist, his inspiration for NuPenny, and what he has been working on recently.
What scholarship program were you a part of/what year?
Too often Americans associate low-income homes exclusively with urban areas, even though millions of them are actually in rural communities. That’s a myth that needs to be debunked because the excellence gap can be particularly wide in rural schools due to their geographic isolation and lack of access to resources.
One of the most difficult challenges even the best students can face in college is adjusting to college-level writing. It’s the reason why most colleges and universities require a composition course during the first semester. It’s also the reason that many colleges and universities (but not all) have a special center that specializes in helping students improve their writing.