Obama proposes graduation bonuses

President Obama’s proposed 2015 budget includes $7 billion over 10 years to reward colleges that do a good job of graduating Pell Grant recipients. It also funds development of a college ratings system.

Neediest students will lose federal aid

People who lack a high school diploma or GED will lose college aid eligibility on July 1. Currently, they can prove their “ability to benefit” from college classes by passing a test of earning six college credits. The new federal budget cuts aid to these students to save Pell Grant money.

Community colleges are cutting programs, such as sports teams and enrichment classes, to save money.

Rural college is ‘the only game in town’

As a center for education, job training and cultural life, the rural community college is “the only game in town.”

Also on Community College Spotlight: Scoring online programs for quality and graduation rates are low for Pell Grant recipients.