Monday, November 07, 2005

President Scrooge

Colleges and universities that generously waived tuition for victims of the hurricanes will not be reimbursed if the president's miserly budget is passed.

From the University of Virginia's Cavalier Daily:

Although U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings announced in September that President George W. Bush would ask Congress for funds to help institutions of higher education affected by Hurricane Katrina, colleges and universities that have taken in affected students were not allocated funds in the $17 billion emergency spending plan Bush submitted to Congress Oct. 28.

The proposal announced by Spellings would have asked Congress for $227 million, which would have covered a portion of affected students' tuition at host institutions and deferred loan payments.

Many expected colleges and universities that took in hurricane victims to receive funds in an effort to alleviate the financial burden of enrolling students without charging them full tuition and room and board.

The University has waived tuition and academic fees for students from schools affected by Katrina but is charging room and board. According to University Spokesperson Carol Wood, the University currently is absorbing the costs of educating displaced students.

The University made the decision to waive tuition immediately after Gov. Mark R. Warner amended state policy that prohibited public institutions from waiving tuition, according to Director of Student Financial Services Yvonne Hubbard.

This decision, Hubbard said, was not necessarily based on the expectation that the government would step in to cover the lost revenue.

"You do what you think is right for the people involved at the moment and you go with it," Hubbard said.

Anybody from the Bush Administration want to explain how this is the right thing to do?


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