PRESS RELEASE: Commission to study college affordability holds second meeting

PRESS RELEASE: Commission to study college affordability holds second meeting

Commission tasked with exploring options to reduce the cost of higher education

August 26, 2014

AUGUSTA — The commission to study college affordability convened today in Augusta for its second meeting to discuss strategies for making college more affordable in Maine.

At today’s meeting, the commission focused on the concept of affordability and the ability of Maine’s current tuition and financial aid structure to maximize student success. A panel discussion was held on the State of Maine Grant program, a need-based program that provides grants to undergraduate students. …

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PRESS RELEASE: Commission to study college affordability holds first meeting

PRESS RELEASE: Commission to study college affordability holds first meeting

AUGUSTA — The college affordability commission held its first meeting Tuesday to begin its work examining strategies to make college more affordable and increase degree attainment for Maine students.

“Many Mainers recognize the importance of a college degree in this changing, competitive 21st century economy,” said Democratic Senator Rebecca Millett of Cape Elizabeth, the Senate Chair of the Commission. “Degree affordability will directly impact whether our children and our neighbors can pursue higher education. I am delighted to have so many smart, talented, and motivated people …

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NEWS: Daughtry Appointed to be House Chair of College Affordability Commission

NEWS: Daughtry Appointed to be House Chair of College Affordability Commission

I’m pleased to announce that I’ve been appointed to be the House Chair of the Commission to Study College Affordability and College Completion!

The thirteen-member commission was created with the passage of LD 1849, “Resolve, To Establish the Commission to Study College Affordability and College Completion.” College Affordability was a key issue for the Youth Caucus this past session. I drafted and gave testimony for the Youth Caucus on the two affordability bills that were before the Education Committee. You can read that testimony by clicking here. If you …

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PRESS: Maine could eliminate tuition costs for students with ‘pay it forward’ model from Oregon

PRESS: Maine could eliminate tuition costs for students with ‘pay it forward’ model from Oregon

Maine could eliminate tuition costs for students with ‘pay it forward’ model from Oregon

Bangor Daily News, January 29, 2014

By Mario Moretto (Photo by Troy Bennett)

AUGUSTA, Maine — College is expensive, and many Mainers, like students around the country, have to borrow a lot of money to earn a degree.

But imagine attending a two- or four-year college or university in Maine without having to pay any tuition costs up-front. Instead, you sign a deal to pay a fixed rate of your income for a predetermined amount …

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