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Does the Missouri Senate Hate Mizzou?

Friday, February 23, 2007

    Senate Bill 389 is the bill that includes all the stuff about selling MOHELA assets, which may be a horrible idea for MOHELA. It also includes the Access Missouri Financial Assistance Program. This program would give grants to students for higher education. The amount of the grant would be determined by demonstrated financial need and would be renewable with a 2.5 GPA (4.0 scale). Here are the basic amount ranges for the grants:

$300 to $1,000 for public two-year institutions
$1,000 to $2,150 for public four-year institutions
$2,000 to $4,600 for private institutions

    Does something seem wrong about those figures? Why is the State of Missouri giving students more money to attend private schools? Shouldn't Missouri be encouraging its students to attend a public Missouri school?

    If the grants are based on financial need doesn't it make more sense to encourage students to attend a public school, which is almost always cheaper? That way, a larger percentage of the schooling is covered. Maybe it's just me, but I would think that the goal of a government program would be to help as many people as possible.

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