INDIANAPOLIS, February 7, 2017– Students from Indiana’s private, non-profit colleges and universities want to deliver three messages in person at the State House on Tuesday, February 7: sincere thanks for the legislators’ ongoing commitment to state need-based financial aid for students; the urgent need for their continued support of this program; and the critical importance of increasing the number of Hoosiers with bachelor’s degrees to Indiana’s economy.
In this first of two student lobby days coordinated by Independent Colleges of Indiana, twelve schools will participate: Anderson University, Butler University, DePauw University, Earlham College, Hanover College, Indiana Wesleyan University, Marian University, Martin University, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College, Taylor University, University of Indianapolis. Students from other ICI campuses will visit the State House on April 4th.
Students will gather first at the Indiana History Center, 450 W. Ohio Street, at 10:30 a.m. Before walking to the State House at noon to meet with their hometown legislators, the students will be briefed by ICI President Richard Ludwick on current legislative issues involving state-funded need-based student aid.
Indiana’s independent colleges and universities are a smart investment for students and the state, with the highest 4-year graduation rate of all sectors of higher education in Indiana, costing the state less per degree because the campuses themselves receive no state funding, and contributing $5.1B in total economic impact around the state.
“Our goal is not only to raise awareness in the legislature of the importance of state financial aid--to put students’ names and faces on the state funds they appropriate--but also to introduce our students to how the legislative process works, how it affects their lives and futures, and how they can play a role in shaping its direction,” says Ludwick.
Independent Colleges of Indiana serves as the collective voice for the state’s 31 private, nonprofit colleges and universities. ICI member institutions enroll some 100,000 students and annually produce 30 percent of all bachelor’s degrees in Indiana. Information about ICI is available at www.icindiana.org.