Wednesday, September 14, 2016

UA tries to aid low-income students despite budget cuts - Randall Eck, Arizona Wildcat

According to Rebekah Salcedo, director of Scholarships and Financial Aid, whose office attempts to provide need-based aid to all incoming UA students. Salcedo said more than half the students awarded need-based gift aid this year are minorities. “We recruit and enroll students from all walks of life,” said Kasey Urquidez, dean of undergraduate admissions and vice president for enrollment management and student affairs advancement. “It is important for students to be exposed to, and learn from, a wide variety of individuals. Learning from others is a huge part of what college is all about. In addition, we want to be an accessible university and help educate Arizona’s population and grow the number of people with a bachelor’s degree.” Salcedo said as tuition rises and outpaces the purchasing power of the Pell Grant, low income Arizonans are at an increasing risk of not completing their college educations or even pursuing a degree in the first place.

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