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New law: State aims to bring students back to college

By Jess Seabolt TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – State officials are seeking to get degrees in the hands of more Hoosiers – in part by encouraging those who quit college to return. The Indiana Higher Education Commission is launching a project called Return and Complete, which requires the state’s public colleges and universities to reach out to […]

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Video & story: Senate budget boosts funding for schools, highways; Kenley warns cuts may be coming

Senate unveiled proposed budget from TheStatehouseFile.com on Vimeo. By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Senate Republicans revealed a two-year, $31.5 billion budget Thursday that boosts funding for schools, universities and highways and leaves the state with nearly $1.9 billion in the bank. But the plan’s architect warned immediately that lower-than-expected tax receipts mean the budget […]

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Supporters encourage lawmakers to make a seal available for bilingual graduates

By Aubrey Helms TheStatehouseFile.com   INDIANAPOLIS – Students proficient in two or more languages may have an opportunity to add a seal to their high school transcripts – a move supporters say will give them an edge when it comes to higher education and the job market. A House committee heard testimony on Senate Bill […]

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Bill could help students speed through college in three years

By Erika Brock TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Students could get full access to their financial aid and receive incentives if they get on track to graduate in three years rather than four under legislation considered Wednesday by the Senate Education Committee. House Bill 1231, authored by Rep. Todd Huston, R-Fishers, gives college students incentives to participate […]

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Bill that aims to cut student debt heads to full Senate

By Erika Brock TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A bill to make students more aware of the debt they’re amassing to pay for college passed the Senate Education Committee unanimously Wednesday and now heads to the full Senate. House Bill 1042 requires that public colleges provide students with an annual report that details a total loan amount […]

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Colleges get grants for efforts to boost college completion

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A dozen Indiana colleges will receive a portion of a $1.8 million grant to help more low-income students graduate from college. The money aims to fund the development or the expansion of programs for 21st Century Scholars and Frank O’Bannon recipients. “Indiana has shifted its focus from making sure more […]

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FAFSA form for college aid is due at midnight Tuesday

Staff report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Students have until midnight Tuesday to fill out a financial aid form that will determine how millions of dollars in scholarship and grant money is distributed. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid – called the FAFSA – is used to determine eligibility for not only state and federal awards but […]

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IU program leads to less student borrowing, could be model for state

By Erika Brock TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A relatively new Indiana University program that provides students with more information about their loans is credited with a significant reduction in their overall debt. The school sends annual letters to students detailing the longer-term consequences of their borrowing. School officials think that led to a $31 million drop […]

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Lubbers: Students need more internships, real-world experiences

By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Higher Education Commissioner Teresa Lubbers encouraged state colleges to incorporate more internship opportunities and work-based experiences into their degree programs. In her third State of Higher Education Address, the former state senator said she wants to connect college students to careers – and internships are a good way […]

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Bill promotes more medical residency slots in Indiana

By Adam Lee TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – The House Ways and Means Committee amended and passed a bill on Thursday that advocates the expansion of medical residency for physicians. The bill now moves on to the full House for consideration. House Bill 1323, authored by Rep. Timothy Brown, R-Crawfordsville, establishes a medical residency fund to create […]