State support and funding for public higher education has fallen by 31% per student since 2001 in Massachusetts. Over the same time, average student debt has grown by the thousands of dollars. Beyond that, half of the state’s public scholarship money goes to fund private universities where we can’t control skyrocketing costs. Right now, the UMass system provides more grants and scholarships to students than the state government does.
That’s why a grassroots group of students, families, faculty, unions, staff, administrators and community members, the Public Higher Education Summit Group, developed the Finish Line Grant.
The Finish Line Grant would put money back into our public higher education system, encourage college completion, increase college affordability and help students in need.