Monday, May 2, 2011

Ohio House to Slash OCOG Funding for Independent College Students

OCOG on Chopping Block for 62% Cut

On April 28, 2011, Rep. Ron Amstutz (R-Wooster) released the House majority’s revision of the governor’s FY 2012-2013 Executive Budget. Through two significant changes to the Ohio College Opportunity Grant (OCOG) program, need-based funding for students at independent colleges will be reduced from $35.5 million to an estimated $13.35 million in the coming fiscal year. This will represent a 62 percent cut in aid in one year.

The reduction will be acutely felt by every OCOG recipient. In the school year now ending (2010-11), each eligible full-time independent-college student received $1,848. (This was down from a flat grant of $2,256 per year in 2009-10 and a maximum of $4,992 prior to that.)

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