Seven in 10 college seniors have some sort of student debt. With the cost of a four-year college averaging between $22,000 and $30,000 a year, loans are the only way for most families to afford it.
It’s that time of year when many high school seniors are getting their acceptance letters from colleges. And, just as importantly, details on the financial aid they’ve qualified for, or scholarships they’ve won.
College board officials announced this week that an update to the SAT test is needed to make the exam more representative of what high school students study in class. The changes don’t go into effect until 2016, which means this year’s ninth graders will be the first to take it in their junior year. It’s a tough test that creates anxiety, and one that requires practice and sometimes even a tutor.
When most teens are taking a break from reading and writing, dozens of high schools students choose to spend their Saturday in a classroom. They are part of Minds Matter, an organization that helps low-income students prepare for college success over a three-year program. The Twin Cities chapter of Minds Matter was founded by Kelly Miller. “We’re trying to show them that there’s a lot that the world has to offer, and there’s a lot they can achieve,” Miller said.
Police are still trying to figure out how a University of Minnesota student ended up dead outside over the weekend. The freshman’s body was discovered Sunday morning, just east of the Stone Arch Bridge, along Main Street in Minneapolis.
The Duluth Police Department has reportedly closed the case of a 19-year-old college freshman found unconscious on a neighbor’s porch. That student, Alyssa Jo Lommel, is being treated at Regions Hospital in St. Paul this morning for severe hypothermia. She is in critical condition.
On Monday nights throughout December, WCCO is going back to visit people whose stories touched us this past year. With generous support from our friends at Slumberland and Pandora Jewelry, it’s our hope to make Christmas unforgettable for these families. In this week’s “Season of Hope,” we go back to Litchfield High School. In April, we introduced you to two girls who invited boys from their special education program to senior prom.
The University of North Dakota and the University of Minnesota will renew their storied hockey rivalry in three years. The two NCAA Division I powerhouses have agreed to terms on a two-year deal that will renew a rivalry that dates back to 1930.
Construction isn’t even underway on a new Minnesota Vikings football stadium, but a hard push is on by the team and its landlord to lure a Super Bowl, college football championship game and Final Four basketball tournament.
A Minnesota high school athlete is challenging his suspension from sports, saying a tweet about drilling his teammates was about tackling opponents and wasn’t a threat. Tyson Leon, a 16-year-old football player and wrestler at Shakopee High School, says the suspension from sports is hurting his chances of getting a wrestling scholarship to attend college. However, a school district attorney said in court Tuesday that his suspension was only for football and that he will still be able to wrestle, according to the Star Tribune.
Hundreds of college students attended a leadership summit Saturday afternoon at the Bloomington Hilton with Governor Mark Dayton. The governor spoke about issues affecting higher education, including his efforts to make college more affordable for Minnesotans. “We invested most of that new money in education at all levels, from early childhood right through post-secondary,” Dayton said. “[We] increased higher education funding by $250 million.”
It’s just another game for Jerry Kill and Minnesota this week. When Minnesota hits the field against San Jose State on Saturday, there will be no special emotions expressed, no “welcome back, Jerry!” videos played on the TCF Bank Stadium big screen.
Marcus Jones is back for Minnesota, maybe faster than before. The junior cornerback has already recovered from two reconstructive knee surgeries in his college career, and he hasn’t even turned 20. Jones returned a kickoff 98 yards for a touchdown for the Gophers in their season-opening win against UNLV.
It’s that time in the summer: you’re about to send your kids off to college. Regardless of whether your child is a freshman or a rising senior, these books can help with all stages of a college career. From inspirational works to short stories to advice, our sister company, Simon & Schuster have hand selected a list that will be the perfect gift just as you leave your kids at their dorm.
According to Fidelity’s annual College Savings Indicator study, about 69 percent of families say they’ve already started saving for college, up from 58 percent back in 2007. That’s a good thing, because Campus Consultants, Inc. estimates the average college tuition for public school 20 years from now to be close to $50,000 a year. For private school, it could be $85,000 a year.