An association of independent colleges and universities has criticized Gov. Dave Heineman’s proposal to increase funding to the University of Nebraska and the state’s colleges by $47 million during the next two years in exchange for a two-year tuition freeze.
The Association of Independent Colleges and Universities and Nebraska’s 14 member institutions said the proposal would fail to increase support to the 33,000 students who attend the state’s private, nonprofit colleges and universities. The association called for increased funding to a state scholarship program that provides financial aid to students in all sectors of higher education.
Thomas O’Neill, the association’s president, said the state’s private schools don’t oppose Heineman’s proposal but would like to see greater willingness among legislators and the governor to support students who decide to attend independent colleges.
“We support the appropriate role for public higher education in the state,” he said. “What we are concerned about is that students who attend independent colleges and universities in Nebraska receive less money now than they received in 2001-2002.”