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Lawmakers consider more loan forgiveness for rural docs

By Adam Lee TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – The Senate Health and Provider Services committee approved a bill on Wednesday that will boost a loan forgiveness program that aims to put doctors in underserved areas. The bill now moves to the Senate Appropriations committee for further consideration. Senate Bill 496, authored by Sen. Jean Breaux, D-Indianapolis, provides […]

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Video & story: Obama touts community college in Indy with plans Hoosier leaders don’t want

Pres. Obama speaks in Indiana about higher education from TheStatehouseFile.com on Vimeo. By Jacob Rund TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – President Barack Obama pitched his plan for two free years of community college to a raucous crowd of students and Democratic officials during a Friday stop on Ivy Tech Community College’s campus – even as Republicans insist […]

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House backs off Pence plan to cut higher ed tax credit; mulls expensive break for businesses

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana House is dropping one unpopular part of Gov. Mike Pence’s proposed tax overhaul – and another key section is in jeopardy. House Speaker Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis, said Thursday the House won’t grant the governor’s wish to eliminate a tax credit for Hoosiers who donate money to universities […]

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Tax ‘simplification’ bill raises plenty of questions

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Lawmakers are considering legislation that would eliminate $21 million in annual tax cuts for businesses and individuals, bolster a break for the working poor, and expand a sales tax exemption for businesses. House Bill 1349 is meant to simplify the state’s tax system while remaining revenue neutral, meaning the […]

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Video & story: Students worry bill could impact voting in their college towns

IU student voices concerns about Indiana election legislation By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A state senator has agreed to rethink legislation that critics say could make it harder for college students to vote in the communities in which they attend school. Students from Indiana, Southern Indiana and Ball State universities came to the Statehouse […]

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Webcast: A debate about ‘vaping,’ lower tuition for undocumented immigrants and more

Anchors Dyala Akermawi and Chris Arnold give us the week’s news from the Statehouse. TheStatehouseFile TV – Episode 4 from TheStatehouseFile.com on Vimeo.

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Undocumented immigrants could get in-state tuition under bill moving to Senate

By Katie Stancombe TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — A bill that passed a Senate committee Thursday would allow unauthorized immigrant students living in Indiana to pay in-state tuition. Senate Bill 345, authored by Sen. Earline Rogers, D-Gary, and heard by the Senate Appropriations Committee, allows graduates who went to an Indiana high school for at least three […]

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Early results show scholarship changes are pushing students to graduate sooner

By Katie Stancombe TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — A new study of state scholarship recipients shows more are taking and completing 30 credit hours per year, putting them on a path to graduate on time. Indiana Higher Education Commissioner Teresa Lubbers announced Wednesday that changes the legislature made in the state’s 21st Century Scholars and Frank O’ Bannon […]

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Commentary: ‘Free’ college? Not so fast

By Abdul Hakim-Shabazz IndyPoltics.Org I have been teaching college for more than a decade, so when President Barack Obama recently announced his plan for free tuition at community college you would have thought I would have been excited. Technically, as someone who is a strong believer in higher education, I should be all on board. […]

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House committee passes bill to create college internship program

By Max Bomber TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A bill to create new incentives for college graduates to stay in Indiana is headed to the full House for consideration. House Bill 1054 passed the Education Committee unanimously Thursday after an amendment that reduced the amount an individual school could receive under the program. The bill creates a […]