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Rhode Island is offering free community college to some qualified students. On Thursday, lawmakers approved a new state budget that makes community college tuition-free for recent high school graduates who enroll full-time, maintain at least a 2.5 grade-point average and stay in Rhode Island for two years after graduation.

A new study released Tuesday finds community college students are much more likely to go hungry than other college students.

The U.S. Education Department on Friday said no new claims have been approved since Inauguration Day for thousands of former for-profit college students hoping to get their student loans forgiven, including more than a thousand people here in Massachusetts.

A week after the University of Massachusetts Board of Trustees approved a three percent tuition hike, UMass President Marty Meehan says the university is looking to cut costs and increase efficiency.

The debate about the value of a college degree often centers around jobs, student loan debt, and whether it’s all worth it. A new study out Wednesday from Georgetown University finds that there are 30 million well-paying jobs in the US that require less than a four-year degree.

Sports programs have traditionally served as a way to get more low-income students on the path to college. But many students are being priced out of those opportunities early on.

The Obama administration promised tens of thousands of former for-profit college students whose schools shut down that their loans would be forgiven. Now, under the Trump administration, these students find themselves in limbo.

The U.S. Department of Education has said it will keep promises to students who attended defunct for-profit colleges like Corinthian Colleges, ITT Technical Institute, and the American Career Institute, but many are still waiting.

The University of Massachusetts Board of Trustees voted Monday to raise tuition and fees by three percent. Tuition for in-state students will go up $416 at the four campuses in Lowell, Amherst, Dartmouth and Boston.

States are disproportionately subsidizing schools whose students are wealthier, whiter.

UMass Boston says dozens of employees are taking voluntary cash buyouts as the Dorchester campus tries to reduce an annual deficit of at least $10 million.

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