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ICI Students Stress Importance of Need-Based Financial Aid at State House

Monday, February 9, 2015   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Ann Gilly
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Contact:  Mary Ellen Hamer, Independent Colleges of Indiana, 317/236-6090, x224


ICI Students Stress Importance of Need-Based Financial Aid at State House


INDIANAPOLIS, February 9, 2015– Students from Indiana’s private, non-profit colleges and universities want to deliver three messages in person at the State House on Tuesday, February 10: 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 three student lobby days coordinated by Independent Colleges of Indiana, five ICI campuses are scheduled to participate:  Anderson, University of Indianapolis, Indiana Wesleyan, University of Evansville and the University of Notre Dame.  Students from other ICI campuses will visit the State House on March 10th and April 7th.   


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, graduating twice as many of their students in four years as any other sector of higher education in Indiana, costing the state less per degree because the campuses themselves receive no state funding, and contributing almost $5B 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 universitiesICI member institutions enroll some 100,000 students (about one-fifth of Indiana’s college students) and annually produce one-third of all bachelor’s degrees in Indiana. Information about ICI is available at