March 1, 2011
FOND DU LAC, Wis. — Marian University, with the Wisconsin Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (WAICU), has partnered with the United Council of UW Students and the Wisconsin Technical College District Boards Association in a joint effort to “Protect Financial Aid."
For the 2009-2010 academic year, 728 Marian students received the Wisconsin Tuition Grant, which equaled a total of $1,872,171, with individual award amounts ranging from $1000 to $2900.
For the 2010-11 academic year, the number of students receiving the Wisconsin Tuition Grant increased to 775 students, which equaled a total of $1,970,189. Several Marian students did not receive the grant because the state ran out of funds.
With less than one-half of 1% of the state budget set aside for financial aid for Wisconsin’s college students, protecting financial aid becomes critical, especially when this amount is divided among the more than 60,000 Wisconsin college students who currently receive financial aid. Furthermore, it is estimated that an additional 35,000 students qualify for financial aid but aren’t able to receive any because funding is exhausted.
To join the effort, sign the online petition at www.ProtectFinancialAid.com. For more information, contact Mark Rushton, director of outreach, Wisconsin Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 608-256-7761 ext. 237.