Wayne State University is doubling the pool of money available to help its neediest students to $11 million to offer additional help paying school bills amid the economic downturn.
The Detroit News and the Detroit Free Press report that under a plan announced Wednesday the money will be set aside for undergraduates beginning in the fall. Wayne State estimates its increased aid could help 8,000 students.
Enrollment has dropped at Wayne State, where the recession hit early and hard. The school also has ramped up student retention programs.