News

More help for college? New York to bump up tuition awards for students

Photo: WHCU

New York has raised the state’s maximum college tuition grant for the coming academic year to $5,165.

The $165 increase is the first in 14 years. Nearly 400,000 state residents received Tuition Assistance Program, or TAP, awards last year.

They can be used for higher education at public or independent colleges or universities in New York.

Meanwhile, state officials say students who qualify as an orphan, foster child or ward of the court for federal student aid programs will now be considered dependent students in determining TAP awards, making them eligible for the maximum.

In the 2012-2013 academic year, more than 372,000 New Yorkers got $931 million in TAP funds for tuition, averaging $3,049 per student.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

Recent Headlines

in National

Amanda Knox murder conviction overturned

FILE - In this Jan. 31, 2014, file photo, Amanda Knox prepares to leave the set following a television interview in New York. Knox is engaged to Colin Sutherland, a musician who recently moved to Seattle from New York, a person close to the Knox family confirmed for The Associated Press. Knox’s murder conviction in the 2007 stabbing of her roommate has been reinstated by an Italian court, but the former college exchange student maintains her innocence and vows she won’t willingly go back to Italy. Both Knox and Sutherland are 27. No wedding date had been set.

Italy's highest court has overturned the murder conviction against Amanda Knox, bringing to a definitive end the high-profile case.

in Local

Mesko sentenced to state prison time

gavel_court

The former Cornell student allegedly entered a woman's bedroom and sexually assaulted her in March 2013.

in National

Time for Iran to make tough decisions in nuclear talks

In this March 26, 2015, photo, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, center, leaves a meeting with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and other U.S. officials at a hotel in Lausanne, Switzerland. U.S. and Iranian diplomats gather at a Baroque palace in Europe, a historic nuclear agreement within reach. Over Iraq’s deserts, their militaries fight a common foe. Leaders in Washington and Tehran, capitals once a million miles from each other in ideological terms, wrestle for the first time in decades with the notion of a rapprochement.

Six world powers and Iran move closer to a deal, but there are still major disagreements.

in Sports

This week’s top sports shots

AP564917773040_12

A look at some of the biggest plays and best photos in sports this week.

in Sports

This weekend’s sports schedule

playball

A look at some of this weekend's biggest sporting events.