The Best of Our Knowledge
11:10 am
Mon June 29, 2009

The Best of Our Knowledge # 980

Albany, NY – WAYS TO MAKE COLLEGE MORE AFFORDABLE, Pt. 2 of 2:
THE MONTHLY PAYMENT PLAN -

With some of the worst economic conditions in decades, this year particularly, parents and students are faced with almost "life-altering" decisions regarding college financing.

For example, families in California were shocked when that state's governor announced plans to dismantle the Cal Grant program. The proposal would eventually eliminate California's main financial aid program for college students. This would make it the first state in the recession-battered nation to eliminate student aid, while raising college tuition. The National Association of Student Financial Aid administrators were dismayed saying "other states are cutting back, but not a complete phase-out."

To help us, and you at home, better understand ways to make college more affordable, we turned to a highly qualified, experienced, and nationally recognized leader in this field. Brenda Dillon is Vice President and Director of Product Management, Key Education Resources, KeyBank, in Ohio.

This week, she talks with us about the Monthly Payment Plan. Rather than a loan, it could potentially reduce student debt by thousands of dollars.

Glenn Busby reports. (11:10)

**(Attention Listeners and Program Directors. For those seeking additional information about some of KeyBank's educational services, the direct link is:
https://www.key.com/html/education-financing.html

ASTROBIOLOGY RESEARCH AND EDUCATION SERIES
"THE NASA ASTROBIOLOGY INSTITUTE: THE NEW YORK CENTER FOR ASTROBIOLOGY" -

Within Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute's School of Science, is the New York Center for Astrobiology. The Center is devoted to investigating the origins of life on Earth, and the conditions that led to formation of habitable planets in our own, and other solar systems.

The Center is a member of NASA's Astrobiology Institute, and is a partnership between RPI, the University at Albany, Syracuse University, the University of Arizona, and the University of North Dakota.

Students and researchers want to understand the chemical, physical, and geological conditions of early Earth that set the stage for life on our planet. They also look beyond, to investigate whether the processes that prepared Earth for life, could happen elsewhere like on Mars, or other planets orbiting other stars.

To begin our new series of astrobiology stories, TBOOK speaks with Dr. Douglas Whittet, who directs the New York Center for Astrobiology. Dr. Whittet is also a Professor of Physics, Applied Physics, and Astronomy at RPI in Troy, New York.

Glenn Busby reports. (8:37)

The preceding is made possible by the NASA Astrobiology Institute, through support of the New York Center for Astrobiology, located at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute - in partnerships with the University at Albany, the University of Arizona, and Syracuse University.

**(For more information about this story, or any of the other more than 150 stories featured in this current and past exclusive radio series, or if you would like to hear them again via your computer, the website given at the conclusion of the above segment is: www.origins.rpi.edu.)**