Even as students at Iowa’s state universities wrestle with another tuition hike, those enrolled at the state’s private colleges are also taking a hit, with one-point-four million dollars cut from the Iowa Tuition Grant Program.Jim Sumner is dean of admissions and financial aid at Grinnell College. He says it’s a blow specifically for Iowa students, since the program’s targeted specifically at needy students who are residents of the state and going to a public or private college in Iowa. Sumner says Grinnell students lost thousands of dollars in aid when the first reduction came, last year. He says rather that let students be saddled with higher student loans or more outside work to earn the money, Grinnell college decided to step in and use college dollars to “close that gap” and says the school’s likely to do the same thing with the next round of reductions. He says the low-income students are valuable academically and the school would be foollish to discourage them from completing their education. Sumner says Grinnell College is unique in Iowa and nationwide, for its financial-aid policy. He says it’s one of only a handful that meet the financial needs of every admitted student, so they’ll be able to keep attending and finish a degree there. Sumner said only about fifteen of the country’s 38-hundred colleges do such a thing. The average student lost 250-dollars from their financial-aid package in the cuts to the Tuition Grant Program.
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