State legislators met with representatives from area private colleges to discuss the impact of the Iowa Tuition Grant on Nov. 22. Mount Mercy students Amanda Mayotte and Cassie Paulson joined Interim President Norm Nielsen and Director of Financial Aid Bethany Rinderknecht as councils for the university.
“What a great opportunity to sit down with Iowa’s elected officials and tell them face-to-face how the Iowa Tuition Grant helps me realize my educational goals at Mount Mercy,” said Ms. Paulson. “I am one of many students who benefit from this source of financial aid, and I’m pleased to have been able to share my story with state decision makers.”
Learners from two other private institutions along with their presidential and financial aid representatives joined the conversation, giving elected officials a well-rounded perspective on the impact of this undergraduate stream of financing.
“Many students are sometimes hesitant to consider a private university because of cost,” said Ms. Rinderknecht. “Some don’t realize financial aid options like the Iowa Tuition Grant exist. These types of funding sources help undergrads expand their choice of schools.”
The grant is awarded to Iowa residents enrolled in eligible private colleges or universities like Mount Mercy. Applicants with the greatest financial need receive top priority.
Iowa legislators and private-education representatives hold annual round-table discussions on the Iowa Tuition Grant.
“I’m glad Amanda and Cassie were able to join Bethany and me in representing Mount Mercy,” Interim President Nielsen said. “There’s no better way to educate state representatives than to have students explain in their own words how life-changing the grant is for them.”
“I hope I’ll be able to continue this conversation with legislators next year,” said Ms. Mayotte. “I appreciate the opportunity to reiterate how important this grant is to students.”