Indiana trying to do better by adult students

The caveat is without new dollars.

Indiana's financial aid rules squeeze older students
State education leaders recognize the issue and are proposing to overhaul the financial aid system to benefit older students in a number of ways: creating a new financial aid fund for adult students, tweaking current rules that prohibit aid for adult-friendly summer semesters and boosting individual grants for those completing a two-year degree at a community college.

State Higher Education Commissioner Teresa Lubbers said the proposals -- part of a wide-ranging, 76-page report to be unveiled today at a State Budget Committee meeting -- do not specifically ask for any new state funding.

Instead, she said, money could be saved through other changes to the financial aid system and then redirected to adult students. But how much is unclear. So, too, is what impact those changes might have on existing programs.


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