"The University of Iowa, in response to deep cuts in state aid, is dropping a popular summer-school financial aid program aimed at helping students graduate on time," according to The Gazette. "Administrators on Thursday announced that after the 2018 summer session, the institution will discontinue its Summer Hawk Tuition Grant program, which began offering undergraduate summer school grants in 2014."
"'Unfortunately, after four years, we’re finding that there are many factors that impact time to graduation that are not specifically addressed by Summer Hawk,' Lon Moeller, associate provost for undergraduate education and dean of the University College, said in a statement. 'And with diminishing resources from the state, we have to channel our efforts to where we can have the greatest positive impact on improving graduation rates.'
Former UI President Sally Mason in 2013 debuted the program, which offered new UI undergraduate students from Iowa a full-tuition scholarship for up to 12 hours of summer study. It covered part of the costs for qualifying non-residents.
By the program’s second year, the number of participants had spiked from 313 to 1,142, The Gazette reported in 2015. The value of those scholarships rose from about $900,000 to $3.5 million, UI officials reported at the time.
The program launched amid a UI push to increase enrollment and Board of Regents efforts to freeze tuition. But state funding cuts since have prompted the university to rethink some of its scholarship offerings.
During the last legislative session, lawmakers slashed Board of Regents base funding by more than $30 million for the 2017 and 2018 budget years. The UI’s portion of that cut was $15.4 million."
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Publication Date: 12/5/2017