Scholarship cuts to cause hardships for many students

Cuts in funding for Access Missouri and Bright Flight scholarship programs will cause hardships for many students attending college this fall, a representative of Missouri independent colleges said Thursday.

Sarah Topp, a representative of Missouri Independent Colleges and Universities, said students at Westminster College and William Woods University in Fulton are among those affected by the decision to reduce funding for the two state scholarship programs.

Leroy Wade, assistant commissioner for financial aid at the Missouri Department of Higher Education, said the number of students eligible for the Access Missouri scholarship program has increased and the amount of money available to fund the program has decreased.

Wade said Gov. Jay Nixon has withheld part of the funds appropriated by the Missouri General Assembly for both scholarship programs.

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