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Stanford Will Now Be Free To All Students From Families That Earn Less Than $125,000 Per Year


Bryce Covert

Economic Policy Editor at ThinkProgress. Contact

Stanford graduate students CREDIT: AP/PAUL SAKUMA

Last week, Stanford University announced that more accepted students won’t have to pay anything for tuition, which normally runs nearly $46,000a year.

Students whose families make less than $125,000 a year and have assets worth $300,000 or less, including home equity but excluding anything that they have saved in retirement accounts, won’t have to pay tuition. Students whose families make less than $65,000 also won’t have to pay for room and board, which can run about another $14,100. Scholarships or grants will cover the costs instead, and the school has a $21 billion endowment. The thresholds were previously $100,000 for free tuition and $60,000 for free room and board.

Students will still have to contribute at least $5,000 a year from part-time work during the school year, working during the summer, and/or savings.

“Our highest priority is that Stanford remain affordable and accessible to the most talented students, regardless of their financial circumstances,” said Provost John Etchemendy in a press release. “Our generous financial aid program accomplishes that, and these enhancements will help even more families, including those in the middle class, afford Stanford without going into debt.” The school says that 77 percent of undergraduates leave without student debt.

That makes Stanford graduates somewhat unique, as about 70 percentgraduate with debt, owing an average of $29,000 at the end of last year. Student loan debt has tripled over the last decade. Meanwhile, nearly a third of those who have started to pay back the loans are more than three months behind on payments.

But Stanford isn’t the only place offering free tuition. Princeton offers free tuition to parents who make less than $120,000 and free room and board to those who make under $60,000. Harvard and Yale make tuition free for families who make less than $65,000, while Harvard asks those who make between that level and $150,000 to contribute between 0 and 10 percent of their income.

The idea has also cropped up outside of elite private schools and gone even further. Harper College in Palatine, Illinois recently announced that it will offer two years of community college free for high school graduates who maintain high grades, attendance levels, and community service engagement for four years.

Governments have also gotten in on the action. Tennessee has alreadystarted a program that gives all of the state’s high school graduates free tuition at a two-year community college. Chicago also launched a program to give high school graduates with a 3.0 GPA free tuition, books, and fees for community college. And in January, President Obama proposed a plan that would cover tuition costs for all high school graduates who enroll full-time or half-time in community colleges with occupational training or credit toward a four-year degree and maintain a 2.5 GPA.

All of those programs would be moot, however, if the government took a simple step and made all public universities free. Tuition at all public colleges came to $62.6 billion in 2012. The federal government could take the $69 billion it currently spends helping students cover the cost of college through grants, tax breaks, and work-study funds and instead simply cover tuition at those schools for anyone who wanted to attend. That would give all students of all income backgrounds an affordable option, and it could also put pressure on private schools like Stanford and Harvard to reduce their tuition to compete, which has risen 13 percent over the last five years.

NSLI-Y Scholarship Application for USA studnets – due: October 27, 4:00 p.m. EST

The National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) program was launched in 2006 to promote critical language learning among American youth. The U.S. Department of State, in cooperation with American Councils for International Education, awards and administers merit-based scholarships to high school students for participation in summer and academic year immersion programs in locations where the seven NSLI-Y languages are spoken. NSLI-Y immerses participants in the cultural life of the host country, giving them formal and informal language practice and sparking a lifetime interest in foreign languages and cultures.


NSLI-Y summer programs are expected to be offered in all seven NSLI-Y languages.  Academic year programs are expected to be offered in Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), Hindi, Korean, Russian, and Turkish.

Scholarship Coverage

Students selected for a NSLI-Y scholarship receive round-trip travel between their home city to the pre-departure orientation and the overseas host program location; pre-departure, arrival, and end-of-stay orientations; tuition and related academic program costs including preparation, support, and testing; educational and cultural programming, including program travel; in-country support; room and board; visas for entrance and exit of the host country; and secondary medical benefits.

The scholarship does not cover costs associated with obtaining a valid U.S. passport, required medical examinations and immunizations for the NSLI-Y medical review or visa requirements, pocket money for personal items, or excess baggage fees.


The Public Policy & International Affairs Program (PPIA) is now accepting applications for the 2017 PPIA Fellowship!   

About the PPIA Fellowship

The PPIA program prepares undergraduates

to be competitive  candidates for top degree programs in the fields of public policy, public administration or international affairs through participation in a Junior Summer Institute (JSI).

JSI is an intensive, 7-week, academic program during the summer at one of these host campuses:

  • The Ford School – University of Michigan
  • The Goldman School – UC Berkeley
  • Heinz College – Carnegie Mellon University
  • Humphrey School of Public Affairs – University of Minnesota
  • Woodrow Wilson School – Princeton University

Eligible candidates are current undergrads who will be completing their B.A. between December 2017 and August 2018. The deadline to apply is November 1, 2016.

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Benefits of Participation

  • Full tuition at a PPIA Junior Summer Institute.
  • Eligibility to receive assistance with travel expenses.
  • A stipend of up to $1,500 (funding determined by each JSI).
  • University housing with a meal plan.
  • Books and related course materials at your JSI.
  • Each JSI may offer additional benefits, such as GRE preparation, at their discretion. Please check with each JSI about any additional benefits.
  • Minimum of a one-time $5,000 scholarship at a PPIA graduate school if admitted for a Master’s degree or select PhD programs. PPIA Fellows often receive financial offers above and beyond this minimum from their graduate program.
  • Fee waiver when applying to programs that are members of the PPIA Graduate School Consortium.

About PPIA

PPIA’s mission is to promote the inclusion and full participation of underrepresented groups in public service and to advance their leadership roles throughout our civic institutions serving domestic and international affairs.

The 2015 Laureate Global Fellowship application is open through March 25th

The 2015 Laureate Global Fellowship application is open through March 25th.

Click here to apply!

About the Fellowship

Sponsored by the Sylvan/Laureate Foundation, the Laureate Global Fellowship annually recognizes 20 young leaders who have pioneered solutions to urgent challenges in their communities and beyond. Fellows develop leadership expertise and deepen their impact through a dynamic, yearlong learning experience, and join a network of over 1,000 change-makers like
them who continue to benefit from learning opportunities and
connections throughout their social change careers. Learn more
about the Fellowship experience and read this blog post about
our approach to leadership development.


Applicants must be:
  • 18 – 29 years old as of October 1, 2015
  • Founders or co-founders of existing ventures with at least one year of impact
  • Fluent in English (applications must be completed in English)

Key Dates

  • Application opens on February 11, 2015
  • Applications must be submitted by March 25, 2015 at midnight EDT
  • All applicants will be notified of their status by June 12, 2015
  • The leadership training and public event will take place October 2-8, 2015 in Washington, DC

How to apply

Please apply through YouthActionNet’s 2015 Laureate Global Fellowship Online Application. While online applications are preferred, there is a Microsoft Word version of the application for those who require it due to limited bandwith. Click here to access the Word application.

Youth Summer Jobs in Minneapolis, MN

Tree Trust Summer Youth Employment Program

For youth that will be age 14, and less than 22 by June 1, 2015 and reside in suburban Hennepin. Up-to-9-week paid work experience designed to help young people learn and practice basic job skills. $8.00/hour, 20 hours per week from June 15 to Aug. 14. Apply online by 3/13 @ 5pm. Paper applications can be sent upon request.

Youth Outdoors (Conservation Corps Minnesota)

Accepting applications from low-income Minneapolis youth, ages 15-18, for after-school jobs this spring. Work up to 12 hours /week for 11 weeks on natural resource projects for the Minneapolis Park Board and other part-ners. Earn $8.00/hour. Start work Mar. 24. The priority application deadline is Feb. 13; but will accept applica-tions until positions are filled. More info and application here. Questions, contact Hollis at (651)209-9900×23.

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Intake EY Business School 2015 in Baku, Azerbaijan

Deadline:  10 December 2014
Open to:  3rd-4th year undergraduates or master’s  degree students in business, economics, management and related field
Venue: 7-29 January 2015, Baku, Azerbaijan


Dear All,

EY Baku office is pleased to announce Intake EY Business School 2015.

Every Wednesday and Thursday on 7-29 January 2015 from 16:00 till 18:30 EY Professionals from different service lines will hold express courses for future leaders.

You will have a unique chance to learn things that you will never learn at the university and during the lectures.


In order to be considered eligible to apply, you must fulfill all of the following criteria:

  • 3rd-4th year undergraduates or master’s  degree students in business, economics, management and related field
  • With knowledge of English at intermediate level
  • With high level of motivation, enthusiasm and energy

Selection Process

  • CV screening
  • IQ Tests
  • Interview


Please visit our career page at  job search for detailed information about the required qualifications and experience.

All the interested candidates should submit their applications and CVs through at job search choosing Azerbaijan as a location.

Deadline for applications is 10 December 2014.


Lee Kuan Yew Global Business Plan Competition

Deadline: 31 January 2015
Open to:  full-time university undergraduates, college and polytechnic students from around the world
Prize: 1st US$36,000; 2nd US$12,000; 3rd US$3,000; 4-5-6th US$500; Most Promising Young Entrepreneur Award S$5000


Welcome to the eighth biennial Lee Kuan Yew Global Business Plan Competition, an event named after Singapore’s first Prime Minister who’s widely recognised as a strategic thinker and a global visionary.
Organised specially for undergraduate, college and polytechnic students around the world, the competition continues to be a platform for entrepreneurs of tomorrow. Participants will be able to showcase their business plans and entrepreneurial talents on a global stage, attract seed funding to further their business ambitions as well as extend their network of friends and business contacts through the Competition.
Participants stand to win up to US$60,000 in cash, prizes and business development opportunities. Overseas finalists will receive 5-night hotel stay in Singapore for 2 core team members.
SMU’s Institute of Innovation & Entrepreneurship is the organiser of the competition together with SMU students.
Competition Rounds


The Competition is open to all full-time university undergraduates, college and polytechnic students (participants who are university undergraduates, college or polytechnic students during the period of 1st January 2015 – 20 August 2015 are eligible to participate).


Winners of this Competition stand to win the following:
Finalists Prize Money
First Prize US$36,000
Second Prize US$12,000
Third Prize US$3,000
Fourth – Sixth Prizes US$500
Most Promising Young Entrepreneur Award S$5000

**Most Promising Young Entrepreneur Award

Apart from the top 6 teams, there will also be an individual Most Promising Entrepreneur Award. This Award recognises outstanding entrepreneurial potential among the finalists.


Read about <<Rules&Regulations>> 


Finalists are to send in an essay on “Why I should be receiving the Most Promising Young Entrepreneur Award” to by 31rd July 2015. The essay should include, but not be limited to the following:-

  • Personal Statement
  • Referees’ Comments
  • Evidence of Entrepreneurial Potential
  • Evidence of Entrepreneurial Involvements

Register  online HERE. Registration deadline is 31 January 2015

Official website