Friday, May 14, 2010

Lawmakers Pass Access Missouri Bill Leaving SBU Student Aid Unchanged until 2014

Southwest Baptist University News Release
Contact: Sharina Smith, Office of Marketing & Communications
417-328-1803 /

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Southwest Baptist University students and other Missouri college students secured a victory with the passage of legislation to remove the sunset provision from the Access Missouri financial aid program.

This week Missouri lawmakers have sent Senate Bill 733 to Governor Jay Nixon, who has indicated he will sign it. Passage of the legislation was critical because the Access Missouri program was scheduled to end in 2013. This legislation ensures that financially deserving students will continue to be eligible for the state aid that they need to achieve their dream of a college education.

Under Senate Bill 733, the maximum award for four-year independent college and university students will remain at $4,600 through 2014, when it adjusts to $2,850. This plan allows students time to prepare for the change.

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