Starbucks is giving its baristas a bargain on an online college degree.
The D.C. Council gave preliminary approval Tuesday to a new program that would help low-income families pay for college.
The D.C. Council will consider establishing an ambitious grant program to help District of Columbia students pay for college.
Despite all the grumbling about tuition increases and student loan costs, other college expenses also are going up.
The sticker price of in-state tuition at four-year public universities climbed about $400 this fall, an increase of nearly 5 percent that brought the average to $8,655. That’s a modest increase compared to recent years but still painful for families with stagnant incomes after a prolonged economic slump.
President Barack Obama used Tuesday’s State of the Union address to propose and idea to keep college affordable by yanking federal aid from colleges that don’t keep tuition down and provide good value.