Hillsdale College Says No to Any Government Aid

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Hillsdale College announced today it will no longer accept state taxpayer money for student scholarships and financial aid.

The state money that students were scheduled to receive will be replaced by privately raised funds.

Students at the private liberal arts college got about 670 thousand dollars in state tuition aid and scholarships last year.

Hillsdale has not taken any federal taxpayer money since its founding in 1844.

Now the college won't take any state taxpayer money, either.

That likely makes it one of only a handful of colleges across the nation to refuse all government money.

Hillsdale officials said the action continues the college's historic independence from government regulation of its operations and curriculum.


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  • by Mark Location: Jackson on Aug 14, 2007 at 05:18 AM
    If they did, they would become a shining example of how education should work without government influence. They would be free of dealing with politics and down to the training tomorrow leaders. Hillsdale has one of the highest graduation rates and comparable tuition cost for students. Of course, Hillsdale does have more scholarships based on academics than financial needs. JCC is expanding and it is doing it through the same type of fundraising and donations.
  • by Kelly Location: Lansing on Aug 14, 2007 at 05:11 AM
    Missing from your article about Hillsdale College is the fact that they have extremely high academic standards for their students. Their admissions are completely blind to race, gender, religion, etc. ALL of their classes are taught by professors (there are no TAs), and all of their professors have Ph.Ds in the subjects that they teach. Hillsdale also has a very strict honor code for students because their character will determine the type of adult and contributing member of society they will become. It is comforting to know that there is still a college dedicated to producing the best and brightest this country has to offer. At Hillsdale College, students are taught "how" to think; not "what" to think. As for the cost of tuition, most students and their families pay very little because Hillsdale receives generous donations from individuals, alumni, civic and corporate leaders who appreciate the school's approach to higher education. Imagine that. Scholarships based upon merit.
  • by a teacher Location: mid-michigan on Aug 13, 2007 at 05:09 PM
    No they can't. They are public universities and therefore publiclly funded. Why would we want them to try and operate without state funding? Tuition prices would be unreachable for most families.
  • by Pam Location: Jackson on Aug 13, 2007 at 01:13 PM
    Can UofM or MSU do this?
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