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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