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RIVERMONT COLLEGIATE Art Program Ranks #9 in the State! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Vanessa Douglas   
Monday, 22 September 2014 08:37

​Artsonia awards Rivermont Collegiate's Visual Art Educator Colleen Tomlinson with The Artsonia Leadership Award.

This is an honor extended to only 10 schools per state across the United States

Artsonia showcases over twenty-seven million pieces of artwork from thousands of schools, but thanks to Colleen Tomlinson's efforts, Rivermont's online art gallery ranks #9 in the state of Iowa. These results are based on the number of artwork published in the gallery, as well as the teacher's ability to cultivate a community of fan club members who actively support your students and their creativity. Below you will see the actual results for Rivermont Collegiate's online gallery in 2013-2014.

* Total Artwork Published: 3168

* Active Fan Club Members: 313

* Comments Left for the Artists: 238

* Artist Statements about their Artwork: 92

 
Braley Continues College Affordability Plan Push, Introduces Bill Strengthening Education Tax Incentives PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kirsten Hartman   
Monday, 22 September 2014 07:39

Congressman’s proposal helps current students with tuition costs, while providing relief with high levels of student loan debt interest

Washington, D.C. – Rep.  Bruce Braley (IA-01) today continued to roll out his College Affordability Plan by introducing legislation designed to help students and parents manage rising tuition costs, as well as provide relief to those facing significant student loan interest payments.

“The value of the American Opportunity Tax Credit and student loan interest deduction have declined significantly—while at the same time tuition and student debt levels are higher than ever—that’s not right,” Braley said. “These incentives need to have their value restored and indexed to inflation so that we’re not facing the same situation in another five or ten years.”

Braley is introducing the College Tuition and Debt Relief Act of 2014 today, which is designed to renew and extend tax incentives that help current and future college students afford rising tuition costs, while providing those with high student loan interest costs tax relief. Braley’s legislation would:

 

1) Strengthen American Opportunity Tax Credit

The American Opportunity Tax Credit (AOTC) provides college students relief from the high cost of tuition. The AOTC is a $2,500 tax credit that can be taken to offset the cost of tuition, fees, and course materials for undergraduate students at two and four year colleges and universities. However, the AOTC is set to expire at the end of 2017. Braley’s legislation would:

·         Make the AOTC permanent and increase the credit from $2,500 to $3,000

·         Index AOTC to inflation to ensure that the credit increases as tuition rises

2) Double Student Loan Interest Deduction

This important deduction allows student loan borrowers to deduct up to $2,500 on interest paid on their student loans. The $2,500 limit, originally established in 2001, has not kept pace with inflation or rising tuition costs, significantly reducing its real value. Iowa students graduate with the 6th highest average student debt of any state. According to the Project on Student Debt, the average debt of an Iowa college graduate is $29,456 and Iowa ranks 3rd nationally in the percentage of students who graduate with debt, with nearly 71% taking on student loan debt. Braley’s legislation would:

·         Double the deduction from $2,500 to $5,000

·         Index the deduction to inflation ensuring that it will increase as tuition rises

Earlier this week, Braley unveiled the outline of his College Affordability Plan which contains four central components to help students, graduates and parents deal with rising tuition costs and growing student loan debt. The plan includes tax incentives, a grant program for current college students facing financial hardship, and a bill allowing students to refinance their loans at lower market rates.

Yesterday, after asking for and receiving hundreds of stories about Iowans’ experiences attaining and paying back student loans, Braley shared those comments with Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.

For decades college tuition costs have been rising significantly. Student loan debt today totals $1.2 trillion, $864 billion of which is backed by the federal government. More than 70 percent of students who graduated from college in 2012 had student loan debt.

A copy of Braley’s College Tuition and Debt Relief Act of 2014 is available online HERE.

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Braley: The Department of Education Needs to Hear First-Hand from Iowans PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kirsten Hartman   
Friday, 19 September 2014 13:57

Congressman turns hundreds of comments about Iowans’ experiences with college student loans over to Secretary of Education

Washington, D.C. – After asking for and receiving hundreds of stories about Iowans’ experiences attaining and paying back student loans, Rep.  Bruce Braley (IA-01) today shared those comments with Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.

“The Department of Education needs to hear first-hand from Iowans about the struggles current and former students face as they try to get and repay student loans,” Braley said. “The fact is that tuition and debt levels are rising much more quickly than wages—and we’ve got a responsibility to put solutions on the table.”

 

Iowa students graduate with the 6th highest average student debt of any state. According to the Project on Student Debt, the average debt of an Iowa college graduate is $29,456 and Iowa ranks 3rd nationally in the percentage of students who graduate with debt, with nearly 71% taking on student loan debt.

Yesterday, Braley unveiled the outline of his College Affordability Plan which contains four central components to help students, graduates and parents deal with rising tuition costs and growing student loan debt. The plan includes tax incentives, a grant program for current college students facing financial hardship, and a bill allowing students to refinance their loans at lower market rates.

For decades college tuition costs have been rising significantly. Student loan debt today totals $1.2 trillion, $864 billion of which is backed by the federal government. More than 70 percent of students who graduated from college in 2012 had student loan debt.

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Angela Vargus of Muscatine Named to the Dean's List at Ohio Christian University College of Adult and Graduate Studies PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Rachel Fulks   
Friday, 19 September 2014 13:45

CIRCLEVILLE, OH (09/15/2014)(readMedia)-- Angela Vargus has been named to the Dean's List at Ohio Christian University College of Adult and Graduate Studies for the Fall 2013 Semester.

To be eligible for the Dean's List, a student must achieve a semester GPA of 3.5 or better and be enrolled in at least 12 "graded" semester hours.

Ohio Christian University, founded in 1948 is one of the fastest growing universities in the nation, and is committed to offering a complete education that develops students intellectually, professionally, and spiritually. OCU offers degree programs for traditional undergraduate students, graduate students, and adult and online students. Additionally, OCU's Trailblazer Academy allows high school students to complete college classes on campus or online. All programs are designed to equip students to become leaders in their careers, communities, families, and the world.

 
Mount Mercy University recognizes spring graduates PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kelli Sanders   
Friday, 19 September 2014 13:42
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (Sept. 15, 2014) - The student(s) listed below graduated from Mount Mercy University in August 2014. Graduates were part of a spring commencement ceremony held in May.

Marissa Jade Albracht of Bettendorf graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree.

Founded in 1928, Mount Mercy University offers students a personal, practical and faith-inspired education that distinctly blends professional career preparation and liberal arts with a strong curriculum grounded in leadership and service. Mount Mercy University is sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy and is a member of the Conference for Mercy Higher Education [CMHE].

Over 85 years, Mount Mercy has grown in size and reputation, adapting to meet the changing educational needs of the Cedar Rapids community. Mount Mercy offers baccalaureate and graduate education to nearly 1,800 students. Popular undergraduate majors include business, nursing, biology, elementary education and criminal justice. Graduate programs are offered in business, education, nursing, marriage and family therapy, strategic leadership, and criminal justice. For more information on Mount Mercy, visit www.mtmercy.edu.

 
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