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U.S. Department of Ed announces Dec. 31 rollout for new FAFSA

BY: - November 15, 2023

College financial aid applicants can expect the release of the new Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, on Dec. 31, according to an announcement by the U.S. Department of Education on Wednesday. Schools and applicants in Virginia and elsewhere have been waiting eagerly for the announcement after the agency said on March 21 […]

Posters of some of those kidnapped by Hamas in Israeli are displayed on a pole outside of New York University on Oct. 30, 2023, as tensions between supporters of Palestinians and Israel increase on college campuses across the nation. The House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2023 held a hearing that looked at antisemitism on college campuses among other free speech issues. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Free speech on college campuses as tensions rise examined by U.S. House Judiciary

BY: - November 9, 2023

WASHINGTON — U.S. lawmakers debated the freedom of speech of students on college campuses during a committee hearing Wednesday. The Republican-led House Judiciary Committee held the hearing amid a rise of antisemitism on college campuses following Hamas attacks on Israel. Many Jewish students and others showing support for Israel have been targets of violence since […]

Some Arkansas high school athletes would profit from fame under proposed legislation

BY: - March 24, 2023

A bill filed in the Arkansas Legislature focused on student athletes’ publicity rights looks like a win-win for all involved on the surface. But student-athlete advocates call foul on it. House Bill 1649 by House Speaker Matthew Shepherd of El Dorado and Rep. RJ Hawk (R-Benton) would allow high school athletes who have been admitted […]

President Joe Biden speaks about his fiscal 2024 budget proposal at the Finishing Trades Institute in Philadelphia on Thursday, March 9, 2023. (Screen shot from White House feed)

Biden budget asks for 25% tax on billionaires, boosts in domestic and defense spending

BY: - March 9, 2023

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden’s budget request for the upcoming fiscal year asks Congress to boost funding for defense and domestic programs and levy a 25% minimum tax on billionaires, setting up a significant contrast with House Republicans, who hope to cut spending to last year’s levels and overwhelmingly oppose tax increases.  The president’s budget […]

Arkansas Division of Higher Education Director Maria Markham sits behind a desk and speaks into a microphone

Official recommends lottery scholarship add more support for low-income students

BY: - December 14, 2022

Legislators considered proposals to add a needs-based component to a lottery-funded scholarship program and create an appeals process for students during the Arkansas Legislative Council’s Lottery Oversight subcommittee meeting Wednesday. Maria Markham, director of the Arkansas Division of Higher Education, said that creating a sliding scale for the Arkansas Academic Challenge Scholarship Program would allow […]

Demonstrators in front of the U.S. Supreme Court as two cases challenging affirmative action were being argued inside. Oct. 31, 2022. (Ariana Figueroa,

Affirmative action supporters rally outside the U.S. Supreme Court

BY: - October 31, 2022

WASHINGTON — The onset of rain did not deter students and supporters of affirmative action from protesting Monday morning outside the U.S. Supreme Court while justices considered two cases that could reshape the college admissions process. “It’s not a secret that if you eliminated race conscious policies, it would further diminish the number of students […]

Harvard University student Emma Oyakhine was among a crowd of demonstrators in front of the U.S. Supreme Court building Oct. 31, 2022, as the justices inside heard arguments in two cases challenging affirmative action policies. (Ariana Figueroa, States Newsroom)

U.S. Supreme Court justices cast doubt on affirmative action in college admissions

BY: - October 31, 2022

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court’s conservative majority on Monday questioned the legality of race-conscious policies in college admissions, as the justices weighed two cases that could upend the admissions process many colleges use to try to boost diversity on campus.  At issue are two cases that challenge the lawfulness of affirmative action at Harvard […]