Wednesday, May 25, 2011
41,000 fewer Texans to get financial aid: Nambre, yo no quiero ir al colegio como quiera
From the Dallas Morning Times
AUSTIN — Texas’ state universities and colleges would provide financial aid to 41,000 fewer students over the next two years under a proposed budget agreement, and key senators warned Monday that will narrow the path to upward mobility for minority and poor youths.
Families will struggle more to send their children to college because of cuts in the emerging two-year budget, which will reduce scholarship recipients at state schools by 27 percent, said Sens. Steve Ogden , R-Bryan, and Judith Zaffirini, D-Laredo.
“That budget is going to make it harder for poor kids to go to college because we don’t have enough financial aid in there,” said Ogden, the Senate’s chief budget negotiator. He also predicted that tuition would rise because of other cuts to the universities’ state funding.
Zaffirini, head of the Senate Higher Education Committee, said the budget “would be devastating” to the state’s 11-year-long effort to have black, Hispanic and poor children of any race attend and graduate from college at the same rates as affluent whites.