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Education Leaders Concerned with Ohio Governor’s Budget Proposal

The Ohio Department of Higher Education is concerned with Governor John Kasich’s proposed two-year budget.

In a press release issued by Policy Matters Ohio, Department Chancellor, John Carey explained his testimony before the House Finance Subcommittee for Education was in an effort to bring to light issues with the plan to invest in student aid.

Carey noted that while the plan expands eligibility to veterans enrolled at community colleges and branch campuses, the budget underfunds the Ohio College Opportunity Grant by $150 million a year.

Carey said the program’s budget was to be $250 million a year and it has never been fully funded. He added that by underinvesting in higher education, the state will face consequences.

Ohio currently ranks 45 in the country in college affordability.

“It’s not just four-year institutions that are pricing people out,” said Policy Matters researcher Hannah Halbert. “Adult enrollment in community colleges and branch campuses dropped by 35 percent between 2010 and 2015. More than half of these students took out loans to afford their programs in 2013, up 12 percentage points from 2009.”

Since 2010, Ohio’s overall enrollment in public institutions dropped by 15.3 percent-more than any other state’s, according to Policy Matters Ohio.

The Ohio Department of Higher Education is concerned with Governor John Kasich’s proposed two-year budget.

In a press release, Department Chancellor, John Carey explains his testimony before the House Finance Subcommittee for Education was an in effort to bring to light issues with the plan to invest in student aid.

Carey notes that while the plan expands eligibility to veterans enrolled at community colleges and branch campuses, the budget underfunds the Ohio College Opportunity Grant by $150 million a year.

Ohio currently ranks 45 in the country in college affordability.

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