Thanks to action by the Illinois General Assembly over the weekend, a key part of the budget for Black Hawk College will probably stay the same next year. The proposed state budget includes state funding at the same level as this year. 

Augustana College will honor its 612 new graduates this weekend. Because of the pandemic, it will host a virtual commencement Saturday on YouTube Live.

Now that the school year is about to end, it's time to prepare for the fall and what impact the pandemic might have.

In Illinois, public college and university students and their guardians will soon have a better idea of how much they’ve borrowed -- and an estimate of how much they’ll be paying back per month.

That’s thanks to a state pilot program. The letters relay information on federal, private and institutional loans.

Bobbi Smith is the interim director of financial aid at Western Illinois University.

Virtual Commencements

May 15, 2020

Two more virtual commencements will be held this weekend - at Monmouth College and the University of Dubuque. Both will post ceremonies on their websites.

W. Kent Barnds discusses college admissions during the coronavirus pandemic with Amy Thompson, College & Career Counselor for York Community High School in Elmhurst, IL, and Megan O'Rourk, a Regional Admissions Counselor for Providence College in Providence, RI. Amy is currently President of Illinois Association for College Admissions Counseling and Megan is President Elect. 

Tuition Increase for EICC

May 12, 2020

The cost to attend the Eastern Iowa Community Colleges will go up, starting in the fall.  Monday night, trustees approved raising tuition for in-state students.

W. Kent Barnds discusses college admissions during the coronavirus pandemic with Sangeetha Rayapati, a professor of music specializing in vocal pedagogy at Augustana College, and her daughter Annika, who is a High School sophomore.

In the fall, first year students at Augustana College will learn about the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II. That's the subject of this year's book in the Augie Reads program, "When the Emperor Was Divine" by Julie Otsuka. 

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Augustana College is offering a new financial incentive for local students to enroll. On Wednesday, the college in Rock Island announced the Quad City Promise Scholarship