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University Forgives Debt for Grads, Colgate Plans To Go Tuition Free, and More

Joy Bullen
Written by Joy Bullen | June 4, 2021
Weekly News Roundup 5/29-6/04/21

Wilberforce University erases $375,000 of debt for graduates

In a moving speech during the May 29th graduation ceremony for the classes of 2020 and 2021, Wilberforce University President Elfred Anthony Pinkard announced that all members of the graduating class were now debt-free. The University secured funding from the United Negro College Fund and other nonprofit organizations, including Jack and Jill of America, to forgive $375,000 of debt for graduates. Students and parents immediately stood and cheered joyful at the news.

Colgate University Will Go Tuition-Free for Families Making Less Than $80,000 a year


The "Colgate Commitment" aims to make it more affordable to get an education at the top liberal arts school.

Colgate University announced its "Colgate Commitment" to drastically reduce student debt. Beginning with the class of 2026, the university will be tuition-free for families who make less than $80,000 a year. Families that make between $80,000 and $125,000 a year will pay, on average, about 5 percent of their total income towards tuition, and families making $125,000 to $150,000 will pay, on average, 10% of tuition.

College Credit Transfer Confusion

Nearly half of transfer students don't know why credits didn't transfer

A recent report from the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO), commissioned by the American Council on Education, revealed that 43 percent of transfer students did not understand why their credits didn't transfer. This makes sense considering only 51 percent of institution give students a reason why previous credits didn't qualify for transfer.

A Third of Students Who Left School During the Pandemic Do Not Plan to Return Soon

1 out of 3 students who left school due to the pandemic do not see themselves returning in the next six months

According to a new Public Viewpoint survey by Strada Education's Center for Education Consumer Insights, out of 3006 respondents across all 50 states, more than half of 18-24 year old students (65 percent) cancelled or changed their education plans due to the pandemic. Out of students who left school, 32 percent do not intend to return within six months, and 34 percent said they left school for financial reasons.

Michael Jordan's Brand Donates $1 Million to HBCU Morehouse College

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The money will be used for programs that shape the narrative of the black experience

Michael Jordan' and the Jordan Brand donated $1 million to Morehouse College, an all-men's HBCU in Atlanta, GA. The money will be used for scholarships, tech and educational programs that help tell the story of the Black experience. In a statement, Jordan said, "“Education is crucial for understanding the Black experience today. We want to help people understand the truth of our past, and help tell the stories that will shape our future.”

Harvards Plans For Full-Reopening in Fall 2021

Harvard University released a detailed plan to reopen all facilities at full-capacity in Fall 2021. After a short quarantine after arrival, students should plan on being able to attend all the usual in-person classes and events.

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Joy Bullen

Joy Bullen

Joy Bullen is College Confidential's Senior Editor and Head of Content. She is a graduate of Kenyon College, where she majored in English and Creative Writing. She also earned a master’s in Psychology from The New School for Social Research in NYC.

Before becoming a full-time writer and editor, Joy coached thousands of prospective and enrolled college students on admissions and academic and career success. She also managed a team of academic and career coaches and consulted with universities on how to create programs that have better outcomes for students.

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