Eliminating Tuition-Funded Scholarships Might Not Lower Tuition, Iowa Official Says

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Friday, April 27, 2012

Abolishing a policy that earmarks about 20 percent of every students’ tuition dollars for scholarships may not lower tuition, an Iowa Board of Regents official said today.

The policy known as tuition set-aside will be discussed at the board’s June meeting, and follows sharp questioning this spring from Republican legislators about the scholarships.

Patrice Sayre, the board’s chief business officer, said abolishing the scholarship money, which was received this year by more than 25,000 undergraduate students, could raise tuition, drive down enrollment and thus lower revenues.

Other possible consequences of abolishing the policy include a decrease in geographic and socioeconomic diversity, retention and graduation rates, she said.

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