Elaine Povich

Elaine Povich

Elaine S. Povich covers consumer affairs for Stateline. Povich has reported for Newsday, the Chicago Tribune and United Press International.

Nearly half of U.S. states now allow in-state tuition for immigrant students

By: - August 19, 2023

When Cristian Dubon Solis was getting ready to graduate from a Boston high school in 2020, he started planning to apply to college. It was only then he realized that as an immigrant lacking permanent legal status, he wouldn’t qualify for in-state tuition at Massachusetts state universities, nor for state-sponsored financial aid. With no way to […]

Students blocked from campus when COVID hit want money back. Some are getting refunds.

By: - August 9, 2023

Thousands of college students will get hundreds of dollars in compensation as colleges and universities move this summer to settle multimillion-dollar lawsuits stemming from canceled classes and activities during COVID-19 pandemic shutdowns. While some of the class-action suits against the colleges and universities are still in litigation, and still others dismissed, several major cases have […]

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Campus diversity will be a struggle without race-based admissions, history shows

By: - July 10, 2023

While affirmative action opponents are cheering last week’s ruling, advocates are now focused on how to boost minority enrollment without it.

Car insurance premiums based on job, education can ding low-wage workers

By: - June 29, 2023

‘What does your education, occupation and income have to do with how you drive?’ one driver asked

A teenager uses a laptop with a phone nearby. States are passing laws designed to keep kids away from social media and porn sites, but the effectiveness of the laws is being questioned by opponents and challenged in court (Leonardo Fernandez Viloria/Getty Images).

State lawmakers are trying to protect kids online. Will it work?

By: - June 9, 2023

'Any parent who thinks they are smarter technically than a 17-year-old doesn’t know their 17-year-old,' an industry expert said.

The latest ‘right to repair’ law is the broadest one yet | Analysis

By: - May 31, 2023

Minnesota is the fourth state to require manufacturers to share parts and repair information.


More states line up to serve free school meals to all kids

By: - May 30, 2023

Universal free meals during the pandemic removed the ‘free-lunch kid’ stigma.