Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Washington UPDATE: HOPE May Promote Affordability for Many Students

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Washington UPDATE: HOPE May Promote Affordability for Many Students

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Washington UPDATE: HOPE May Promote Affordability for Many Students

The new federal HOPE Scholarship will cover most of the average cost of attending a two-year college next year, the U.S. Education Department (ED) says.

The $1,500 maximum scholarship will cover all tuition and fees for students at two-year colleges in seven states, including California and Texas. It also will cover about 88 percent of typical costs nationwide, said the report from the U.S. Education Department's community college liaison office, headed by Jacqueline Woods.

The typical community college will charge about $1,320 for the 1998-99 year, when HOPE takes full effect. Student fees will push those average costs slightly above the $1,500 limit on the scholarship, open to low- and middle-income students with family incomes up to $40,000 in single-parent households and $80,000 in two-parent families.

Under the HOPE program, families get a full credit on the first $1,000 of tuition and a 50 percent credit on the next $1,000, for total aid of up to $1,500 annually.

"The HOPE Scholarship will provide virtually tuition-free access for the first two years of college, or one- and two-year certificate programs," said the report, Investing in Quality, Affordable Education for All Americans: A New Look at Community Colleges. …

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