MSU Students Face Uncertain Fate for College Funding

By: Tiffany Teasley Email
By: Tiffany Teasley Email

It's back on campus for hundreds of college students during a new and improved welcome week.

"This is just a part of an over all package to think about the first year experience rather than welcome week in the traditional model," said MSU President Lou Anna K. Simon.

And President Simon says parents are already pleased with the new Sunday move-in schedule.

"Because that way the entire family can come, and be a part of an important milestone for their son or daughter," Simon said.

But as the students get settled, and the school work begins, the cost of those classed start to climb -- with tuition increasing 5.2 percent this year and 4.9 percent next year, President Simon says the University is trying to balance out the increases with aid.

"We've raised financial aid more than tuition historically, and we have made a really aggressive commitment to financial aid in this budget," Simon said.

But President Simon says she still remains uncertain about the cuts the state is making to public education, that will inevitably effect students.

"I remain very worried about the overall support for public higher education that effects these students as well as the scholarship program, and we're going to advocate as strongly as we can that the state meet their commitment to the students," Simon said.

Simon says sustaining the Michigan Promise would be a great use of stimulus dollars, but even more so she stresses that lawmakers need to keep the long-term goals of students in perspective when balancing the budget.

"The Promise Grant is one piece, the state scholarships are one piece of everybody seeing the future in these young people," Simon said.

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  • by Anonymous on Sep 2, 2009 at 06:29 AM
    Education is not for everyone. Some of these schools depend on the student paying for one or two semesters and then dropping off. We need to raise the level of incoming students so that the students stay longer.
  • by gail Location: mi on Aug 31, 2009 at 11:35 AM
    The nice thing about education is at any age from out of high school all through life one can go back to school.If school programs need to be cut till the economy picks up,and the government has money for education, some may just have to wait.Thousands are waiting on jobs.If they come or not is the question.If prices of education and many things keep going up,many will have to change life styles.If jobs don't come taxes can't be gained off business and people.There was a time that not all could afford to go to college.You came from better off families who could pay or you worked your way through college.History can repeat it's self.As more things continue to go up,life for many is in limbo.
  • by pam Location: mi on Aug 31, 2009 at 05:38 AM
    As prices continue to rise for whatever reason,MORE CAN'T AFFORD.More people loose incomes as jobs are going down or leaving the USA.Costs to live are unbelievable.Costs may of started out being for one thing but have turned into greed.Without enough decent paying jobs you'd think prices would come down but instead are going up.Some money is better than NO money and with what prices are in demand for so many things,places rather go out of business than lower prices.Sure there are still people out there that can pay what's asked but it will eat away at their incomes till they must say NO.It is just a matter of time till the greed destroys one way or the other.When we take and don't give is a bad thing.Our economy is proof of that.Education for a lot of people will become a thing of the past.Finding that job you went to college for?Won't happen for many.The colleges don't care about that,just the money you pay them to get an education.
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