Government Relations

UM Legislative Update Newsletter

December 16, 2005

State Student Financial Aid Task Force issues recommendations to Coordinating Board

A committee of financial aid experts from across the state has completed its report to the state Coordinating Board for Higher Education, calling for a number of changes in how state financial aid is administered. The committee was formed in response to calls from legislators, parents, students and the public for a simplified array of programs and to ensure that state dollars provide the most benefit for students.

Dan Peterson, who administers the state’s financial aid programs for the Department of Higher Education, chaired the panel that included financial aid directors from public and private, two- and four-year institutions across the state. The University of Missouri was represented by Joe Camille, director of financial aid at MU.

The recommendations, which were approved by the CBHE at its Dec. 8 meeting in Jefferson City, call for nine changes in the state’s higher education programs, including:

The CBHE approved a motion to continue the work of the task force to complete remaining tasks, including a model for distribution of need-based assistance and review of the A+ program.

Read the full version of the recommendations as presented to CBHE.

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