Category: State & Regional News

FAFSA bumps up early registration

College students have known about the FAFSA form for years. They know if they fill out the FAFSA they just might get some funding for college. The FAFSA is used to determine eligibility for Federal Pell Grants, federal student loans, work-study, and a myriad of other types of financial aid specific to each college.

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Super Tuesday protesters get rowdy at Louisville rally

Eastern students attended presidential hopeful Donald Trump’s rally March 1, also known as Super Tuesday, in the Kentucky International Convention Center located in Louisville. According to the students, there were many people in attendance. It was split between supporters, protesters and those who were curious to see what a Trump rally is like first hand. Clarissa Baker, 18, a freshman public relations major from Mt. Sherman, said she noticed that a vast majority of the people inside the center were supporters and the protesters were standing outside. “It was scary to watch how they treated protesters,” Baker said. Baker...

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Students unite to oppose proposed tuition freeze

Costs for higher education may be on the rise, but a proposed Kentucky Senate bill to freeze tuition is not the answer, voiced Eastern’s Student Government Association (SGA) after voting in mid-February to oppose the bill. EKU’s SGA is teamed up with eight other state institutions and EKU administrators to combat rising tuition costs and speak out against state legislation that could have a negative impact on both students and the university. “A bill like this would cripple regional colleges,” said EKU SGA President Katie Scott. “Senate Bill 75 only treats a symptom but doesn’t address the real problem—state budget cuts to higher education.” She said the rising cost of tuition is a concern, but a tuition freeze would only make the problem worse and doesn’t address the money lost due to state budget cuts. With the current 9 percent budget cut proposed by Gov. Matt Bevin, and with a 4.9 percent cut to the current budget, a tuition freeze could force the university to cut necessary programs, faculty or staff, Scott said. “The SGA decided to oppose the bill because the more research we did the more we realized that it was not the best for students in general,” Scott said. Senate Bill 75 was aiming to freeze tuition and residential fees for the next four years until Kentucky lawmakers could thoroughly evaluate the current cost of tuition...

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Benson unanimously selected as Eastern’s 12th president

Michael T. Benson was named as Eastern’s 12th president Friday at a special meeting of the EKU Board of Regents, where the board voted unanimously in his favor. Benson was one of three finalists nominated by the presidential search and screening committee. Current president Doug Whitlock is slated to retire on July 1, and Benson is scheduled to begin his tenure as president on Aug. 1.

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