HIGHER EDUCATION

Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts.
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Some students who were counting on going to Hampshire College next fall are scrambling to figure out their next move. 

A sign at Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts.
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Hampshire College is alerting potential incoming students about changes starting this fall. The school continues to search for "a strategic partner" amid a gloomy financial forecast.

A pilot program in Massachusetts aimed at assisting homeless college students is now providing free housing for up to 20 students in the state.

The program partners community colleges with nearby state universities.

One beneficiary of the program is Sumail. He says his parents kicked him out when he was 15. For awhile, he says, he lived at a gas station under a tarp with a Styrofoam door.

“My pillow was a bunch of dead grass, and every … now and then I’d wake up to a little eight-legged friend on my face,” he says.

He showered at the school gym.

Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts.
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Smith College has announced new policies for campus police and staff. This follows an incident last summer when an employee called the police on a black student eating her lunch in a campus building. 

A sign at Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts.
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UMass Amherst said it's talking with Hampshire College about closer collaboration, after Hampshire announced it's seeking a strategic partner in the face of financial difficulties.

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