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Private Universities Against Proposed Grant Cut

January 18th, 2008 by flanews

Private college leaders say the governor’s higher education budget proposals would unfairly target about 15,000 students.  Governor Charlie Crist wants to eliminate the $3,000 Florida Residents Access Grant for first-time students.  The president of Independent Colleges and Universities of Florida says the proposed grant cut would hurt public institutions as well.

“Any student who chooses to go to one of my schools, one of the 28 schools, is in essence from their decision point saving the taxpayers money,” said ICUF President Ed Moore.  “If you take away the grant from them they’re likely to change their mind as to where they go.  They’re going to be seeking transfers to community colleges and state university’s publicly supported institutions.  Which are all over crowded now.  So from a long term policy decision this is really bad.”

Students that attend one of the three historically black colleges, Bethune-Cookman University, Florida Memorial University, and Edward Waters College, would not be affected by the proposed grant cuts.

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