Some recommend working for colleges for free tuition

Madeline McGuinness started working at College of Mount St. Vincent in Riverdale, N.Y., in 1997 as a data entry clerk in the admissions office. When the single mom learned about the tuition remission program, she was thrilled, U.S. News reports.

“As the first in my family to attend college, [finishing college] was a special goal for me to achieve,” says McGuinness, who earned a B.A. in business and is midway through an M.B.A. program at Mount St. Vincent. Her son, John, also used her tuition benefit to earn a B.A. in sociology. McGuinness is one of 17 staff members of 150 eligible full-time employees currently using the Mount St. Vincent’s tuition benefits, according to Erin Walsh, director of college relations…

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Georgia facing a hard choice on free tuition

Students here at the University of Georgia have a name for some of the fancy cars parked in the lots around campus. They call them Hopemobiles. But there may soon be fewer of them, reports the New York Times. The cars are gifts from parents who find themselves with extra cash because their children decided to take advantage of a cherished state perk–the Hope scholarship. The largest merit-based college scholarship program in the United States it offers any Georgia high school student with a B-average four years of free college tuition. But the Hope scholarship program is about to be cut by a new governor and Legislature facing staggering financial troubles…

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