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Thursday, April 26, 2012

Proposal to boost Millennium Scholarship payments goes nowhere

By Ed Vogel

CARSON CITY - No Nevada legislators stepped forward Thursday to support spending more on the Millennium Scholarship program in order to reduce the increasing college costs paid by students.
When the scholarship program began in 2000, its funds covered all of students' $2,400 in annual tuition and other fees, said Crystal Abba, a Nevada System of Higher Education vice chancellor. Today the funds pay only $1,920, or 29 percent of the $6,954 annual tuition and other fees, she told members of the Legislature's Interim Education Committee.

"It was a significant scholarship 13 years ago," Abba said. "Now it doesn't resonate with students."

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Karen Johnson Com 101-4080 said...

The millennium scholarship program was a great plan put in place for students. It is unfortunate it is not valued today as it was. With the increase in cost to go to college the scholarship program will need to be modified.

A Carlos Com 101-4049 said...

What people fail to see is that it is not a freebie. A scholarship is meant to help, not cover it's the schooling in it's entirety. I myself rely on the FAFSA to help me with books and tuition, but I see it as a helping hand not my mealticket. It would be great if we could just provide everyone of our students with quality, low-cost education, but if we invest in scholarships, these monies will come up missing elsewhere, like the K-12 system.