Around the industry: Oldest federal aid program expires

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  • Georgia: All 34 patrol officers at Georgia Southern University now don body cameras while on duty, part of a growing trend on and off college campuses nationwide. Officials also installed cameras in patrol cars. The additions will benefit both officers and the community, GSU's interim police chief said. End-of-year funds and a grant paid for the $80,000 of equipment (Davis, AP/WSB-TV 2, 9/30).
  • Massachusetts: The oldest federal aid program expired this week when the U.S. Senate blocked a bill to extend it. Created in 1958, the Perkins loan program provided $36 billion in aid to 30 million low-income borrowers. About 540,000 students received Perkins loans in the 2013-2014 academic year.  While legislators may revive the Perkins program during the Higher Education Act reauthorization, no plans have been announced to do so yet (Pohle, Boston.com, 10/1).
  • New York: The nine higher education institutions in Downtown Brooklyn generated $2.8 billion in regional economic activity in 2013, according to a report from the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership. New York University, New York City College of Technology, Long Island University, and Pratt Institute were the leading contributors. "Brooklyn is a real college town," borough President Eric Adams said (Vilensky, Wall Street Journal, 9/29).

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