ISU President Al Bowman says he's very frustrated with the conversation about funding exemplified in a recent speech by President Obama. Obama proposed penalizing Universities that raise tuition in large chunks by limiting their federal aid. That happened in the same speech in which Obama recognized state support for higher education is at a 25 year low. Bowman says that reflects the mood of the public.
Bowman says the President's proposal would hurt universities in states which have dramatically cut aid because those institutions must raise tuition more or face huge cuts. Bowman says some of the focus should go on what students actually pay. He says 60% pay less than $9,000 a year in tuition and fees. He says there is a wide variety in the marketplace. On the other side of the partisan divide, House Republicans want deep cuts to the Pell Grant program. Bowman says that would create a larger barrier for potential students who come from low income families.
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