Greetings, all! I’ve been away for a week, and I’m just now catching up on some of the things that have been happening in the U.S. and elsewhere. Sometimes being without the internet for a week makes one feel as though everything happens when one is not paying attention! Let’s get started:
We have a grab bag of serious stories, entertainment news, and one more way Amazon is becoming our overlord. Let’s get to it:
You may or may not know that in the United States, you must pay for tuition and housing up front in order to attend a university. This means that you either are very rich, have a great story for a nice scholarship, or you take out loans. (Or maybe two of the three. I don’t judge.) I was lucky enough to have the scholarship for my undergraduate degree, but my graduate degree was financed entirely through scholarships and loans. I even got one of the largest tuition scholarships offered at my institution that year (I’m a smartypants), but in order to afford the remaining tuition and life in Chicago, I had to take out about $90,000 in student loans at between 3.0% and 7.9%. There is no way out of this debt other than death. Or total incapacitation, but sometimes even that’s not enough. And let’s be clear: I did not take ANY private loans, which are even more difficult to pay back. All of my loans were disbursed by the federal government. Read More Two Things I’ve Realized About My Student Loans
There was some big news this week on the student loans front, for profit colleges dodge some stricter regulations, and athletics is not as large of a threat to academics as many people claim. Bam! That’s your one sentence summary of a small fraction of the news that’s fit to print regarding academia. Join me after the cut for a slightly more in-depth discussion. Read More Women in Academia: News Round Up
An article published online in Bloomberg advocating for the end of U.S. government student loans sparked some conversation in my neck of the woods yesterday. Student loans are always a tricky conversation topic, in part because the gap between the ideal and the reality of higher education keeps shifting and widening, and in part because of the fluid concept of education. Regardless of these pitfalls, student loans are an important topic for discussion. Read More Women in Academia: Cost of College
Kittens, welcome the fee-fi-fo-fum back to another ravishingly good (or not-so-good) week of news round ups, where we cast the die and sow the reaper, or something like that. We take another dive into the ether of the current, the present, and the wish-it-weren’t-present. Read More News Appetizers: We Will Eat You Up
For the past few months, Quebec university and CEGEP students have been protesting the Quebec government’s plan to increase university tuiton by $325 a year for the next five years. For the past few weeks, there’ve been protests almost daily in Montreal and QuÃ©bec City. And this week, the protests will ramp up even more, in anticipation of the provincial budget, which is expected to be released today. More than 100,000 students across the province are on strike, either with a limited or unlimited mandate, and some classes have been suspended (especially at CEGEPs, where most of the students who’re on a unlimited strike are enrolled). There’ve been confrontations with the police (a student has lost an eye from shrapnel from a flash grenade police used to disperse a crowd), and things are generally tense.
Earlier this week, President Obama announced a new plan to help Americans get their student loan debt under control. The plan, which will be rolled out in phases, addresses three major pieces of the student loan structure that have financially crippled so many households across the country: pre-loan disclosure, ease of consolidating loans, and size of student loan payments. Read More Student Loan Reforms and You