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Heineman receives critisism

Posted: 01/17/13 08:55

A group that represents private, nonprofit colleges in Nebraska is criticizing Gov. Dave Heineman's plan to increase state aid for the University of Nebraska and the State College System. The Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Nebraska says the increased funding to allow for a two-year tuition freeze may not be the most efficient use of state resources. The group's president, Thomas O'Neill, argues that policy makers should instead commit more money to a state grant program that provides financial aid to students in all sectors of higher education. The governor's budget includes a $1 million increase for the grant program, which O'Neill says is too little. The group represents 14 private colleges and universities in Bellevue, Seward, Crete, Hastings, Fremont, York, Lincoln and Omaha.