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ADELPHI, Md. (AP) - To help entice a second Amazon headquarters to Maryland, a state board has voted to waive a 12-month residency requirement to qualify for in-state tuition for any Amazon employees who move to the state, if a new headquarters is established.

The University System of Maryland's Board of Regents voted to waive the residency rule on Tuesday.

It also would apply to spouses and children of employees at the system's 12 degree-granting institutions.

Chancellor Robert Caret says the board acted to support Maryland's economy.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - College students in Virginia who fall behind on tuition payments can have a hard time digging out thanks to a state law that pushes unpaid bills into the hands of private collection agencies.

The Washington Post reported Sunday  that a little-known Virginia law requires public colleges to turn over unpaid accounts of less than $3,000 to private debt collectors if they are 60 days past due.

The debt collectors can add a 30 percent fee to the unpaid account.

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - University of Virginia students will be paying more for tuition next year.

Local media report UVA's Board of Visitors approved the increase Thursday. In-state students will pay 2.2 percent more, and out-of-state students will pay 3.5 percent more.

The university said in a statement that the increase is needed to deal with a state budget cut and required employee pay raises.

TV station WVIR reports a group of students protested outside the building where the Board of Visitors was meeting.

Salisbury University President Janet Dudley-Eshbach praised the growth that the institution has seen since the year 2-thousand.

She noted that enrollment has risen from around 64-hundred students to just over 87-hundred.

In addition, she noted that minority and nonresident alien students she said has jumped by 227 percent over the last 17 years.

But, she added, the university needed to make a greater effort to bring more diversity to the campus.

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Somerset County Commissioners wants Governor Larry Hogan to include money for tuition so that local students can go to Wor-Wic Community College tuition free.

County Administrator Doug Taylor told the Salisbury Daily Times that the county’s students are behind the average for residents with college degrees.

Only 19 percent of Somerset County residents have a college degree compared with Wicomico and Worcester counties where the percent is in the upper 30’s.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Two Virginia state senators are calling for an investigation into a $2.3 billion University of Virginia surplus.

Sens. Chap Petersen and Bill DeSteph said in a statement Thursday that they intend to formally call for an audit into the fund, which former university board member Helen Dragas called a "slush fund."

The two senators say the fund should be used for lowering student tuition and fees. They also accuse the university of overcharging for its services.

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Tuition for students at the University of Delaware will be going up by more than 2 percent as they sign up for next year.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the base tuition and fees will rise by 2.4 percent or $310 for undergraduate resident students.

The total for the year will be nearly $13-thousand dollars.

For non-residents tuition will rise by 2.6 percent or $830 for a total of over $32-thousand a year.

Last year the increase in tuition was 1.5 percent for resident undergraduates and 2.4 percent for non-resident undergraduates.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Tuition for liberal arts and engineering students at Johns Hopkins University will go up 3.5 percent this fall.

The Baltimore Sun reports that tuition for the 5,400 graduates in the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences and Whiting School of Engineering at the Homewood campus will go up $1,700 to $50,410 a year.

Room and board rates at the campus will also increase 3 percent this fall.

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ADELPHI, Md. (AP) - The board of regents for the University System of Maryland is due to vote on a proposal that would see the tuition at Maryland's public colleges rise by 2 percent for in-state students and 3 percent for out-of-state students.

The Baltimore Sun reports the board is expected to approve the rate hike, which would be the smallest annual increase since a tuition freeze was lifted in 2010.

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - The University of Virginia says returning students will pay higher tuition this fall, but the increase will be half of what the university had planned.

The university had previously announced a 3 percent increase of in-state tuition for continuing students. In a news release Thursday, the university said an infusion of $3 million in state funds will allow it to scale back the increase to 1.5 percent, or about $168.

The previously approved 10 percent increase for new students also will be cut by 1.5 percent.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The Virginia Senate has approved a bill that would allow some students to use public funding to pay for private school tuition.

The Senate voted 20-19 to pass the bill on Monday. It would allow parents of students with disabilities to use a portion of their child's share of state school funding to cover educational expenses, like textbooks and tuition at a private school.

The new chancellor for the University of Maryland stopped by Salisbury University yesterday as the school system faces some potentially tight budgets.

Chancellor Robert Caret was upbeat about the prospects of expanding attendance and keeping down costs for students.

But while he expects the University system budget for the next fiscal year to remain flat there could be some cuts and an increase in tuition in the years ahead.

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Going to the University of Delaware is set to get a little more expensive.

Tuition will rise by $178 for in-state students and for a total of just over $12,500 and for out-of-state students tuition will go up by $728 for a total of just over $31,400.

The increases represent a 1.4 percent hike for in-state students and a 2.3 percent hike for out-of-state students.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that University officials emphasized that they were committed to keeping down costs.

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In a surprise move Patrick Harker is leaving his job as president of the University of Delaware.

He is moving on to a 10 year appoint with the Philadelphia Federal Reserve Bank which helps formulate monetary policy for the country.

Harker wrote that he is leaving with mixed-emotions and said it had been an honor serving the University system over the last eight years.

And Gilchrist Sparks III, chairman of the UD Board of Trustees, said that Harker had left the University in a stronger position.

BALTIMORE (AP) - New and returning students at several Maryland public universities will have to dig a little deeper for tuition.
The University of Maryland at College Park, Frostburg State University, Salisbury University and Towson University are all implementing tuition increases of 2 percent for the spring semester starting Jan. 26.
The university system's Board of Regents voted Friday to allow the increases.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The amount paid by students at public colleges and universities in Virginia is increasing.

The State Council of Higher Education of Virginia says undergraduates at public four-year schools will see an average increase of about 5 percent, or $544, in tuition and fees in the 2014-15 academic year.

Virginia community college students will pay about $180 more per year, or an increase of 4.6 percent.

Officials say tuition and fees also had increased more than 4 percent in the previous academic year.

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NEWARK, Del. (AP) - The University of Delaware says tuition and fees in the upcoming academic year will increase by about 2 percent for in-state undergraduates and about 2.5 percent for out-of-state undergraduates.

The university announced the increases Monday. The school says the increase is the lowest percentage increase in more than 30 years.

For the 2014 to 2015 academic year, tuition and fees for in-state undergraduates will be $12,342. That's up $230.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Rep. John Carney has launched a website to help Delaware residents find their way through the college financial aid process.

The site, launched on Wednesday, will provide information on scholarships, grants and loans and ways to save for higher education.

Carney, a Democrat, said that the cost of college is rising at an unsustainable rate.

The website can be reached through Carney's home page: .

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - U.S. Rep. John Carney is joining other Delawareans to discuss the rising cost of college.

Carney planned to host a roundtable discussion in Dover on Monday, the first in a series of such meetings about the challenges of higher education costs and possible solutions.

Carney says the cost of higher education is rising at an unsustainable rate, more than 570 percent over the past three decades, and that total U.S. student loan debt recently topped $1 trillion, more than both auto loans and credit card debt.

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There will be another increase in tuition this fall for students at the University of Delaware.

But for in-state undergraduate students…the hike of 3.7 percent or around $430 will be the lowest in a decade.

Last year the increase amounted for 4.4 percent.

Out-of-state students will see an increase of $1,150.

UD President Patrick Harker said the university was trying to keep higher education affordable for in-state students.

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University of Maryland students will be shelling out a little more for tuition in the coming school year.

The Board of Regents gave the green light for a 2.4 percent hike in tuition and fees to bring in more than $35 million.

For students at Salisbury University this will mean a tuition increase of 6 percent while out of state students will pay up to 4.4 percent more.

For most schools officials say that Maryland residents won’t see more than a 3 per increase.


CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - Tuition is going up at the University of Virginia.

The Charlottesville school's board approved increases in tuition and fees on Thursday.

The Daily Progress reports that a divided board approved a 3.8 percent increase in in-state tuition and a 4.8 percent hike in out-of-state tuition.

That means tuition and fees will go up $452 to $12,458 for in-state students and up $1,826 to $39,844 for out-of-state students.

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - The University of Virginia Board of Supervisors will consider proposed tuition increases and the school's capital plan on Thursday.

University administrators have proposed a 3.8 percent increase in in-state tuition and a 4.8 percent hike in out-of-state tuition. If approved, in-state students would pay $12,458 and out-of-state students would pay $39,844.

Two committee meetings are scheduled before the full board meets at 2:30 p.m. Thursday. However, the school says the schedule could vary.