Sunday, January 8, 2017

Good Intentions, Tough Realities For Student Debt - KAREN RICHARDS, KLCC

Administrators at Linn Benton Community College say about 700 current students are taking advantage of the Oregon Promise program. Oregon's legislature faces a tricky budget balancing act next year. For college aid, the governor recommends a focus on the student side of the equation. Given the budget's overall $1.7 billion dollar shortfall, it remains impossible to provide all the help Oregon's higher ed needs. The Oregon Promise is a community college grant program now ending its first semester of implementation. This fall, it awarded tuition money to about six thousand students who met the requirements. Governor Kate Brown would like the legislature to fund it for two more years.

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