Monday, March 30, 2015

Higher ed commission asking for $143 million for Opportunity Grant

Statesman Journal
March 30th, 2015


Only 24 percent of Oregon students who qualify for the Oregon Opportunity Grant actually get one.
The grant program needs more state support, according to the Higher Education Coordinating Commission, which presented its budget requests before the Ways and Means Subcommittee on Education last week.
The commission has elevated the topic of affordability to its highest priority. One way its members are hoping to combat the issue, said Ben Cannon, executive director of the Oregon Higher Education Coordinating Commission, is by increasing state funds for the Oregon Opportunity Grant.
The grant is the largest state-funded, need-based program for students going to college. The commission is requesting about $143 million out of the governor's budget to invest in the grant program.

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