This week, tuition increases at universities in Massachusetts, a new AP exam from the College Board, no tuition at Stanford Law School for low-income students, a request from the Biden Administration, and happy news for graduates at Otis College of Arts.
Tuition at Boston University will go up by 4.25%, the biggest increase in 14 years. The University cites rising inflation as the cause of the increase. BU isn’t the only Massachusetts college raising tuition: the UMass system is also raising its tuition rates by 2.5%.
The College Board announced that a new AP exam in precalculus will soon be available. The exam aims to better prepare students for college-level math by giving them stronger preparation in high school.
Stanford Law School is eliminating all tuition and fees for low-income students. Dean Jenny Martinez announced the full scholarships last week for current and incoming students whose family income is below 150% of the poverty line. Stanford follows Yale’s law school in offering these scholarships to low-income students.
The Biden Administration is urging colleges to spend their Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds (HEERF) on campus mental health resources. The Secretary of Education, Miguel Cardona, said the administration is publishing new guidelines for colleges as to how to use the one-time money.
Graduates of the Otis College of Arts in LA were happily surprised to learn that Snapchat co-founder, Evan Spiegel, and his wife, supermodel Miranda Kerr, would be paying off the college debts of the new graduates. The amount is over $10 million, making it the largest donation in the school’s history. Spiegel took summer classes at Otis while in high school and considers the college essential to his future success.