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Brown Eliminates Tuition

News Flash: Brown Plays Copy-Cat With Stanford's Tuition Breaks

Not to be outdone by its competition on both coasts, Brown University has announced their new financial aid policies that will expand this part of their budget by 20 percent. Brown's new policy mirrors the new aid plan that Stanford announced just last week: Grants will take the place of loans for families earning under $100,000, and tuition will be waived for families making less than $60,000. Students already receiving aid will see their loans reduced no matter their families' income, and both seasoned students and new ones will benefit from the new tuition breaks. Keep em' coming, colleges!


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minaminamina minaminamina 9 years
I attended Ivy League schools for my undergraduate, masters, and now I'm at Yale working on my doctorate. I spent a few years on welfare as a teen, and my mother (my financial supporter in life) earns less than $25,000/year - with two younger siblings on top of that. I was offered a scholarship for my undergrad, a grant for my masters, and I'm now a Fellowship scholar for my doctorate. These breaks are awesome, and I commend these schools for doing this - in our country, $45,000/year is the average wage earned by Americans, and this is barely enough to feed a family of 4. Unfortunately, Drea, despite the fact that you have extenuating circumstances, this wouldn't benefit your family very much - but Ivy Leaque schools are not necessary for healthy, intellectual careers, and it is a choice to attend them. State schools, especially if you live in Michigan, Illinois, or New York, are VERY good, and tend to offer more funding to students when they are research universities. What would really make a difference, besides making education free (which I think we should), is if our public schools were desegregated and received equal funding so all students can access the same resources and high quality teachers/administration, so that every child has a better chance of achieving the standards of an Ivy League school. But I still wouldn't get down! At Yale, most of my fellow doctoral students are graduates of state schools - the qualities of schools are up to every student to find, and if they're comfortable in their school, they'll have an amazing experience.
DreaAST DreaAST 9 years
This annoys me sooooo much. My house makes more than 100 grand but we are by no means well off and have 2 highschool aged kids that will be going to school. This is rediculous because I guess I should quit my job just so we are under the 100 grand mark to reap any rewards from these schools.
megnmac megnmac 9 years
I feel really selfish, in worrying that I just took out an insane amount of loans for law school, and will be like a glitch in the system where the future won't be so crazy in debt! The older people I work with don't understand how insane tuition is now and what it took to get through school, and how bad the payments are... and now if the numbers go back down, neither will younger people. This is good though. State schools aren't typically charging as much, so it is a check on the good schools... and allows them to have people graduate and go into service rather than worry about having to make money!
yesteryear yesteryear 9 years
ktownpolarbear & Megatron: what it will do is encourage more regular folks to apply to these exclusive schools. the high tuition was preventing many from even applying. my question is this: does this apply to masters and phd programs as well? maybe ill go back to school!
hotstuff hotstuff 9 years
I wish education was free here like in other countries!
Megatron Megatron 9 years
I agree, ktownpolarbear. Especially at ivy league schools. What about the public schools where the majority of the people who are in need attend. Even though I think I attend one of the most cost-effective CA public universities, I still wish there were tuition breaks and the like. That would be awesome.
ktownpolarbear ktownpolarbear 9 years
it's a good idea, and i know i'm repeating myself, but what use is it really going to have if only the hardest and most exclusive schools embrace this policy? this affects such a small fraction of students, it's almost pointless.
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