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Florida Senate says yes to more help for college students

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College students in Florida could soon get extra help under an ambitious proposal passed by the Florida Senate. The Florida Senate voted 35-1 Thursday for an overhaul of the state’s higher education system that is a top priority for Senate President Joe Negron. It boosts financial aid and calls for new programs to help universities attract and keep faculty members. The bill (SB 2) would require the state to cover 100 percent of tuition costs for top performing high school…

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Dennis Ross: Responsible solutions to repaying student loans

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The Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently published a report stating that federally issued Direct Student Loans placed in Income-Driven Repayment (IDR) plans will cost the government $74 billion, which is higher than previously estimated. According to the GAO, as of June of this year, 5.3 million student loan borrowers are repaying their loans in IDR plans. This means 5.3 million borrowers are repaying their loans with smaller monthly payments, thereby extending the time in which they will actually repay the…

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Marco Rubio introduces bill to help victims of terrorist attacks with student loans

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Marco Rubio introduced a bill Monday that would help victims of terrorist attacks, such as the one at the Pulse nightclub earlier this year, with deferments on their student loans so they could move on from the trauma at their own pace and continue living the lives they were trying to before the attacks. Although the survivors of Pulse already have options for assistance, Rubio says his bill will provide further support not currently being explored by other officials. The bill…

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Florida’s college football teams must have better passing attacks in ’16

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They can block. They can tackle. They can run like the wind. But when it comes to your favorite college football team this season, you have one simple question. Can they pass? And, for heaven sakes, can they do it better than they did it ago. Everyone wants to be better, right? Everyone wants to win bigger. But for the teams of Florida, the question is whether the passing attacks from last year can be better this year. Consider Florida…

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Flaming Spear ranks highest of the Top 20 college football traditions

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The NFL is a Xerox machine. It is a league where 10-6 teams are trying to copy what 11-5 teams do, and 11-5 teams are working to duplicate what 12-4 teams are doing, and 12-4 teams seek to copy the Patriots. Everyone is trying to figure out a way out of third-and-14. It’s a great game, the NFL. But unless you look closely, it’s hard to tell the Texans from the Titans or the Bills from the Bears. Everyone runs…

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A guide to the 2015-16 college hoops season

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The blue bloods have reloaded. New contenders are rising. More talented freshmen are ready to shine. The college basketball season is upon us and this one, as always seems to be the case, is loaded with intrigue. To get you ready, we’ve got a rundown of the top teams and players, best games and a whole lot more: — TOP TEAMS Maryland. Melo Trimble and the loaded Terps are eyeing Maryland’s first NCAA title since 2002. Kentucky. Another year, another…

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