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College is expensive.

The national average cost of attending a four-year public college is over $28,000 per year, according to Forbes. The cost of attending a four-year private college is more than twice as much.

And the price of college tuition is still going up.

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Bridge Magazine published a story Wednesday about barriers homeless college students in Michigan face while trying to pursue an education, and just how hard it can be for them to find help.

Especially when it comes to affording college.

As a college student myself, I can't imagine taking (and passing) classes, while having to worry about where I'm going to sleep and shower, and how I'm going to get my next meal.

Which direction are you going after high school?

Oct 8, 2015
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With college costs on the rise, more low-income students are questioning whether attending a university is the best direction to go after graduating high school. Does community college make more sense? Is a Job Corps program or the military a better fit? 

#IssuesandAle: The many faces of student debt

Oct 6, 2015
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I've been doing a lot of thinking and talking about college access and affordability in preparation for the special State of Opportunity Issues and Ale. The event is tonight at One Well Brewing in Kalamazoo. It starts at 6:30pm.

Federal loan program for low-income students expires

Oct 5, 2015
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While you were sleeping, the Federal Perkins Loan Program expired last Wednesday night after the Senate failed to approve an extension.  

The loan program specifically caters to low-income students

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The number of kids in foster care is on the rise, according to a recently released report.

Last year, there were 415,129 kids in care nationwide. That's over 14,000 more kids than the year before.  

How can Michigan improve college access and affordability?

Sep 25, 2015
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The Center for Michigan’s latest report on improving career navigation and college affordability has received a lot of attention, and rightfully so. Student debt is an issue that is on a lot of people's minds; from the university admissions office, to the family dinner table and even on the presidential campaign trail.

Four in five Michigan residents say that improving college affordability isn't just a suggestion, but an urgent priority for the state.

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In the wave of data about higher education that the White House released last weekend, one fact emerges that was already painfully clear: The “haves” in higher education have quite a lot; the "have-nots" struggle mightily.

President Obama had been talking for some time now about creating a Consumer Reports-style college ratings system. On Saturday, the president unveiled his much-anticipated College Scorecard.

"You'll be able to see how much each school's graduates earn, how much debt they graduate with, and what percentage of a school's students can pay back their loans," the president said in his weekly address.

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Democrats on the presidential campaign trail are pitching their college affordability plans to voters. And they’re (Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, Martin O’Malley) largely united in their calls for debt-free higher education.

Michigan leads nation in fighting hunger on campus

Aug 31, 2015
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Regular State of Opportunity readers and listeners can probably rattle off a list of different barriers low-income, first-generation, and/or homeless college students face on campus. One that often goes unnoticed and forgotten is something too many college students face on a daily basis: hunger.