SB 07-148 represents a net opportunity gain for Colorado. Along with assisting students to complete high school, the Fast College Fast Jobs pilot program proposed by the bill would make post-secondary education more accessible and affordable for students who might otherwise drop out.
HB 07-1271 represents a net opportunity gain for Colorado. Adult education and family literacy programs can often be the starting point for many low-income individuals and families trying to get ahead.
We must encourage the development and expansion of dual enrollment programs throughout the state. If the Colorado departments of Education and Higher Education and their governing boards cannot agree on how to do this, the Legislature should bypass them and make it happen.
Increasing the stipend and holding down tuition should be a top priority. We should increase the stipend to at least $3,000 per full-time student in 2007-08 ??? higher if possible. And we should make sure COF keeps pace with inflation after that. Colorado should also double need-based financial aid and work study opportunities.
This brief uses federal student aid statistics from the U.S. Department of Education to examine student loan default rates in fiscal year 2002 at Colorado???s 82 trade schools, colleges and universities.
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