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MA House of Representatives approves budget amendment on education

April 27, 2011

News from AICUM (Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Massachusetts) on the morning of April 27, 2011, was good for private higher education in Massachusetts, including Regis. On April 26 the Massachusetts House of Representatives voted to approve a consolidated budget amendment that covers the subject matters of K-12 education, higher education and local aid, with successful outcomes on two different fronts.

“First, the consolidated amendment increased funding for the need-based financial aid line item by $1.1 million, making the total recommended appropriation for FY12 $87,605,756.  This is a great outcome in a budget environment in which the House was forced to make cuts of more than $1.5 billion and it speaks volumes about the commitment of Speaker DeLeo, House Ways & Means Chairman Dempsey and Higher Education Chairman Sannicandro to help needy Massachusetts students attend the college of their choice here in Massachusetts. We also want to thank Chairman Sannicandro, Representative Marty Walsh and Representative Sean Garballey for filing the amendments that sought additional funding for financial aid programs.

“Second, both of the amendments filed by State Rep. Chris Markey targeting need-based financial aid, and specifically seeking to prohibit a needy Massachusetts student attending a college or university with an endowment of more than $1 billion from receiving any state-sponsored financial aid, were rejected by the House.  Neither amendment was included in the consolidated amendment so they will not appear in the final budget approved by the House.”

AICUM has extended a big thank you to all of the AICUM member institutions and Presidents, including President England of Regis, and especially students who took the time to weigh in with Representatives to help explain how important these need-based financial aid programs are to Massachusetts students and their families.

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