Veto hits wallets of private college students

Veto hits wallets of private college students


THE STATE BUDGET BATTLE IS HITTING CLOSE TO HOME FOR THOUSANDS OF LOCAL COLLEGE STUDENTS.ONE OF THE VETOS SIGNED BY GOVERNOR WHITMER WIPED OUT OF THE MICHIGAN TUITION GRANT… AND REDUCTIONS TO THE MICHIGAN COMPETATIVE SCHOLARSHIP.BRIAN:..NEWS 8’S JOE LAFURGEY IS HERE WITH HOW THE CUTS ARE IMPACTING STUDENTS. 3 JOE:..BOTH PROGRAMS HELP PRIVATE COLLEGE STUDENTS PAY TUITION. THE CUTS IMPACT 2 THOUSAND STUDENTS AT ONE AREA UNIVERSITY. 3 DAVENPORT UNIVERSITY FRESHMAN KENNETH BENNETT IS REALIZING A DREAM…NOT JUST FOR HIMSELF… BUT FOR HIS FAMILY. HE’S A FIRST GENERATION STUDENT AT DAVENPORT UNIVERSITY. 3 ((KENNETH BENNETT, DAVENPORT UNIVERSITY FRESHMAN/I WANT TO MAKE SURE I GET THE BEST EDUCATION I CAN GET FOR MY FUTURE CAREER. AND I WANT TO MAKE AN IMPACT ON THE WORLD. )) IT ISN’T EASY FOR BENNETT. COLLEGE IS EXPENSIVE.HE’S MADE A GO OF IT THROUGH JOBS, SCHOLARSHIPS AND WORK STUDY AND A $2,400 MICHIGAN TUITION GRANT HE HAS… ((KENNETH BENNETT, DAVENPORT UNIVERSITY FRESHMAN/I HAD… BUT I’M HOPEFUL THAT IT WILL COME BACK. ))BENNETT FINDS HIMSELF IN THE SAME BOAT AS ABOUT 2 THOUSAND OTHER DAVENPORT UNIVERSITY STUDENTS AT THE SCHOOL’S 14 CAMPUSES ACROSS THE STATE .GOVERNOR WHITMER VETOED BOTH THE MICHIGAN TUITION GRANT PROGRAM AND REDUCED THE AMOUNT OF MONEY AVAILABLE FOR THE MICHIGAN COMPETITIVE SCHOLARSHIP…BOTH PROGRAMS HELP LOW INCOME STUDENTS ATTENDING PRIVATE COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES IN MICHIGAN. ABOUT 17 THOUSAND STUDENTS STATEWIDE WERE SUPPOSE TO RECEIVE THE TUITION GRANT BEFORE THE VETO. 3 ((RICHARD PAPPAS ED.D. DAVENPORT UNIVERSITY PRESIDENT/THESE ARE REALLY GRITTY STUDENTS. THESE ARE STUDENTS WHO SUCCEED AND OVER COME OBSTACLES. SO, I REALLY AM CONCERNED. ))OTHER STUDENTS AT PRIVATE COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES IN WEST MICHIGAN ARE BEING IMPACTED. 350 AT KALAMAZOO COLLEGE.CLOSE TO 600 AT AQUINAS COLLEGE. AND ALMOST 1, 000 STUDENTS AT HOPE COLLEGE. DAVENPORT PRESIDENT RICHARD PAPPAS SAYS THE FUNDING CUT FLIES IN THE FACE OF EFFORTS BY THE STATE TO TRAIN MORE PEOPLE FOR CAREERS. 3 ((RICHARD PAPPAS ED.D. DAVENPORT UNIVERSITY PRESIDENT/IF THESE STUDENTS AREN’T ALLOWED TO CONTINUE, IT WILL DEFINELTY HURT THAT GOAL.))FUNDING FOR BOTH COULD BE RESTORED. BUT IT WOULD REQUIRE AN AGREEMENT NEGOTIATED BETWEEN THE GOVERNOR AND LEGISLATURE. BUT SO FAR, THAT HASN’T HAPPENED. 3 ((KENNETH BENNETT, DAVENPORT UNIVERSITY FRESHMAN/SO NOW I’M WORKING FOR A FREELANCE JOB ON LINE. SOMEWHERE SO I CAN MAKE ENOUGH MONEY TO AFFORD THE REST OF MY TUITION HERE.)) 3 JOE:..PAPPAS SAYS ALL OF THE 2, 000 DAVENPORT STUDENTS WHO WERE SET TO RECEIVE THE TUITION GRANTS WILL BE ABLE TO CONTINUE THEIR STUDIES.HE’S HOPING THE GOVERNOR AND LEGISLATORS CAN REACH SOME AGREEMENT TO RESTORE THE PROGRAM 3

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