Dr. Katherine Fell, President, The University of Findlay
President Fell Testifies before Senate Subcommittee
Dr. Katherine Fell, along with the presidents of Otterbein University and Lourdes University, testified before the Senate Higher Education Finance Subcommittee on May 19. All three university presidents called for the Senate to increase funds to the Ohio College Opportunity Grant, the only state need-based financial aid program. Dr. Fell's testimony follows:
"The focus of my testimony today wll be the Ohio College Opportunity Grant (OCOG). OCOG is the only program in Ohio that provides support for needy students attending college. Although neither intentional nor explicit, the governor's budget would cut $2.8 million from students at independent colleges and universities, as has been explained previously by the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Ohio. Cuts like these undermine the ability of colleges, like The University of Findlay to make our institution an option for low-income students"
"Instead of creating a new program, such as the student loan debt relief program, the legislature could put those funds ($30 million a year) towards OCOG to help students avoid debt in the first place. I would be grateful if you would consider this alternative and be happy to talk more with you about it."