Manchester students to discuss state aid with Indiana legislators

On Tuesday, March 10, 13 students from Manchester University are going to the Indiana Statehouse to participate in the Independent Colleges of Indiana Lobby Day.

Led by Leonard Williams, an MU political science professor, students from the North Manchester campus will meet with local legislators and ICI President Richard Ludwick to talk about the importance of continued state financial aid.

Independent Colleges of Indiana, a nonprofit association founded in 1948, works with 31 private colleges and universities for public policy advocacy, corporate foundation fundraising, and administration of scholarships and grants.

The students will compose handwritten statements to each of their legislators, meet with several, and learn more about the work of government.

The Division of Student Financial Aid helps Indiana college students by giving grants to colleges which then assist students to lower their out-of- pocket annual tuition. Thirty-nine percent of Manchester students receive aid from SFA.

Private universities and colleges produce 35 percent of Indiana’s bachelor degrees and enroll 20 percent of the state’s undergraduates. These independent colleges graduate twice as many students in four years than any other division of higher education, costing the state less because these campuses do not receive other state funding.

Although SFA funding has increased, the need for financial aid has as well. By making it more affordable to attend, these grants help increase the number of Hoosiers with a bachelor’s degree.

Manchester University, with campuses in North Manchester and Fort Wayne, Ind., offers more than 60 areas of academic study to nearly 1,500 students in undergraduate programs, a Master of Athletic Training and a four-year professional Doctor of Pharmacy. 

Composed by Tiana Maclin, MU media relations student worker.

March 9, 2015

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