9:40pm September 10, 2013

Parent PLUS: Steep Drop in Enrollment at Florida A&M


Florida A&M University is dealing with a big drop in enrollment and a $6 million drop in tuition revenue for the second straight year.  The reason: The Obama Administration’s change in “credit worthiness” for Parent PLUS loans. 

FAMU’s interim President Larry Robinson, told first coast news that the change in credit standards, “sent shock waves through the HBCU community.  Many of us have students who are in lower economic brackets and their families have a much more difficult time with credit.”

|| RELATED: HBCU President on Parent PLUS Loan Crisis: “Worst Situation I’ve seen in 35 Years” || 

“The unofficial enrollment for the Fall 2013 semester is 10,786, down more than 1,250 from the previous year and about 2,500 fewer students than two years ago,” reported First Coast News today.

The Congressional Black Caucus and advocates for historically Black colleges and universities have been critical of the Obama Administration regarding Parent PLUS loans. 

About the Author

Lauren Victoria Burke
Lauren Victoria Burke
Lauren Victoria Burke is an opinion journalist, comms expert and political analyst focused on justice reform policy. She created Crewof42.com, a blog that covers the work of Black members of Congress, in 2009. Ms. Burke was a staffer for the Senate Democratic Policy Committee and Director of Communications for Rep. Andre Carson (D-IN). She has had a very diverse career in politics and media and appears regularly on NewsOneNow with Roland Martin, Hardball and Up on MSNBC, WVON in Chicago, WURD in Philadelphia and WOL and WHUR in Washington, D.C. She is currently the Managing Editor of Politic365 and a contributing writer for TheRoot and NBC Black where she writes opinion and analysis. Additionally, Ms. Burke has been a contract photographer for Associated Press since 2004. She has authored three books of photography including two on President Obama's 2008 campaign for the presidency and one with Marvel Comics publisher Stan Lee. Ms. Burke was born in the Bronx, New York and grew up on Long Island. She holds a B.A. in History from The American University. Here e-mail is: LBurke007@gmail.com. Twitter: @LVBurke. Instagram: LVB325.



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