RIT on TV: Rochester Colleges encourage financial aid to low income familes – News 8

RIT on TV: Rochester Colleges encourage financial aid to low income familes – News 8

August 26, 2019 0 By Stanley Isaacs


Reporter>>tonight administrators from two of Rochester’s most expensive universities weighed in on this plant Chelsea Pompiani joins us now with a reaction, Chelsea?>>Maureen officials at RIT and U of R are
both on board with President Obama’s plan but they point out they already do
their best to ease financial burden of students and parents President Obama is taking a stand and
pushing schools to lower their costs during his bus tour to upstate New York
and Pennsylvania the president announced his plan to rate colleges based on
quality and affordability that would determine how financial aid
is distributed. Mister Obama wants student to get the most
bang for their buck the proposed ranking system would
critique colleges on tuition, student loan debt, graduation rates and the average earning
a graduates Jon Burdick Dean of Admissions at U of
R says as a taxpayer he’d like to make sure his dollar is invested in the
students I think that if you’re going to have a federal role – and it’s a $250 billion dollar role as they keep
describing – in helping higher education be part of
society… it makes sense that you evaluate were those dollars go on what kinds
of outcomes they they lead to.>>for an undergraduate
education at the U of R tuition alone is forty five thousand dollars more than twenty percent of their five
thousand students are Pell Grant recipients>>A huge before summer students are coming
from the lowest income of society they’re succeeding at very high
levels are graduation rate for the students from the lowest income is as higher higher than our students
generally so we know we’re doing exactly what the Obama administration wants At RIT tuition also comes at a cost up
close to thirty four thousand dollars that’s why President Bill Destler
started the Rochester City Scholar Program if a student takes a college curriculum
at a City School and their family earns less than twenty one thousand dollars
annually RIT will cover their tuition
>>College education is basically becoming unaffordable except for when we can provide
sufficient financial aid for these students>>The 22 students enrolled in Destler’s
initiative say without it and the news about Obama’s plan they
wouldn’t even be in college>>Lowering costs could just stop the whole
economic crisis we’re having because people could have more jobs we could get more careers to pay off any
type that they have