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Kent State University Tuition Increases 1.5 Percent (Lefton) 07/02/2013 Kent Patch Text Attachment Email

The tuition increase is Kent's lowest in four years. The additional money will go to financial aid after Kent State University officials approved raising...


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Federal student loan rates doubles, pushing up college costs for many (Evans) 07/01/2013 Plain Dealer - Online Text Attachment Email

...note plus 2.5 percentage points. That would put 2013 subsidized Stafford loan rates at around 4.7 percent. Jon Fedor, the student body presidentat Cleveland State University, said the interest rate hike will add to the sticker shock of higher education unless Congress acts. "You start to wonder...


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(VIDEO) Kent State University Student Crowned Miss Ohio 2013 07/02/2013 Kent Patch Text Attachment Email

“I owe a big thank you to the dance department at Kent State,” said Heather Wells. Heather Wells, a post-undergraduate student in Kent State University's...


News Headline: Kent State University Tuition Increases 1.5 Percent (Lefton) | Attachment Email

News Date: 07/02/2013
Outlet Full Name: Kent Patch
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News OCR Text: The tuition increase is Kent's lowest in four years.

The additional money will go to financial aid after Kent State University officials approved raising tuition by 1.5 percent last week.

The university also decided to charge an overload fee for students who take more than 16 credit hours a semester which affects about 10 percent of the students attending Kent State.

Kent was one of the last of Ohio's tax-supported universities to set tuition for the coming school year, according to our partners at WEWS News Channel 5.

In comparison, the University of Akron, Youngstown State and Bowling Green all increased tuition by 2 percent, which is the most allowable by law. Miami University also increased tuition by 1.5 percent. The Ohio State University froze tuition for the upcoming school year.

The $4.75 million the increase is estimated to generate will be applied to scholarships, grants and other forms of financial aid for students.

Students on Twitter seemed unhappy with the slight increase. A tweet stating "Kent State University, please stop raising my tuition. Especially for dumb things like green space and the arts fee." continues to be retweeted on social media.

Take a look at the attached Twitter feed about the tuition increase.

“We are being efficient. We are being effective,” KSU President Lester Lefton said. “This is a very effective use of a tuition increase, however modest it may be. We have to continue to commit to quality.”

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News Headline: Federal student loan rates doubles, pushing up college costs for many (Evans) | Attachment Email

News Date: 07/01/2013
Outlet Full Name: Plain Dealer - Online
Contact Name: Spector, Harlan
News OCR Text: The cost of college just got more expensive for many students, after the interest rate of a major federal loan program doubled to 6.8 percent.

Though Congress can still act before the fall semester to return the interest rate of Stafford loans to 3.4 percent, the hike adds stress to many students and families already struggling with the cost of higher education and bloated debt loads.

"It's going to create another huge obstacle for students," said Bob Durham, director of financial aid for College Now Greater Cleveland, a nonprofit that helps students with financial aid and counseling.

Durham said the increase could add thousands of dollars to the cost of education.

"It hurts the overall economy," he said. "They're paying back money in student loans. They're not going to be putting that money back into the communities."

The 3.4 percent interest rate that expired Mondaywas the product of legislation Congress passed in 2007, cutting the rate in half. It was to expire in 2012 but was extended until June 30 of this year.

Congress could stop the July 1 rate hike retroactively after it returns next week from its Independence Day recess.

Lawmakers have discussed several possible ways to do that. Their inability to agree before the July 1 deadline showed the depth of their disagreement. But it also showed that with most students out for the summer and few starting summer classes this week, they did not feel the same urgency as when, for example, they face an immediate government shutdown if they don't act.

The Senate hopes to vote July 10 on a bill backed by 36 Democrats to hold rates at 3.4 percent through June 30, 2014. During that year, the lawmakers hope they could come up with a long-term solution that would continue to hold down interest rates, as part of a broader five-year bill covering other federal aspects of higher education.

The Democrats would pay for the extension by closing what they say is a tax loophole allowing people to delay paying income taxes when they inherit 401(k) or IRA accounts.

House Republicans prefer changing to an adjustable rate, which would be pegged to a 10-year Treasury note plus 2.5 percentage points. That would put 2013 subsidized Stafford loan rates at around 4.7 percent.

Jon Fedor, the student body presidentat Cleveland State University, said the interest rate hike will add to the sticker shock of higher education unless Congress acts.

"You start to wonder if they [Congress] care about the future of our workforce and the American economy," he said.

At Kent State University, about 23,000 students borrowed through the federal program last year, said Mark Evans, director of student financial aid.

"We are working with our incoming freshmen in terms of letting them know what the impact is," Evans said.

For Elizabeth Reyes of Cleveland, an incoming freshman at Case Western Reserve University, the higher rate means she may have to take on two jobs while in school.

"I'm really upset about it because I'm going to be taking out loans this fall and it complicates things even more," she said.

"I don't want to spend the majority of my career paying off debt."

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News Headline: (VIDEO) Kent State University Student Crowned Miss Ohio 2013 | Attachment Email

News Date: 07/02/2013
Outlet Full Name: Kent Patch
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News OCR Text: “I owe a big thank you to the dance department at Kent State,” said Heather Wells.

Heather Wells, a post-undergraduate student in Kent State University's nutrition program, was crowned Miss Ohio 2013.

She and 23 other young ladies competed in the competition June 22.

“Being a Kent State graduate was definitely a confidence boost,” said Wells. “Kent State does an amazing job in preparing you for the real world, so I knew I'd be able to handle the stress and the pressure of the Miss Ohio competition.

Wells graduated from Kent State in August 2012 with a Bachelor of Science degree in broadcast journalism and a minor in dance.

"I owe a big thank you to the dance department at Kent State,” she said in a prepared statement. “Not only did they develop my dancing abilities, as well as my choreographic style, but they let me use their dance studios to rehearse in the weeks leading up to the pageant. I am so thankful for all of the support they have given me.”

The winner said she wants to represent Ohio and Kent State in the best way possible.

As Miss Ohio, Wells said she will promote her platform — Divorce Recovery for Youth.

She will also represent Ohio at the Miss America pageant in New Jersey this fall.

Kent State alumna and reigning Miss Greater Cleveland Meggie Wittman was fourth runner-up in the Miss Ohio 2013 competition.

To view video, please click on link:
http://kent.patch.com/groups/schools/p/kent-state-university-student-crowned-miss-ohio-2013

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