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Message to parents from UI President Sally Mason

UI President Sally MasonAs you well know, these are extraordinarily challenging economic times. The University of Iowa is working hard to identify ways to trim costs and operate more efficiently than ever. But I want to assure you that we will not cut our commitment to providing our students the richly vibrant and integrated academic experience that they—and you—expect from one of the nation’s premier public research and educational institutions.

In addition to maintaining high standards of academic excellence, The University of Iowa is committed to preserving financial aid. We are cognizant that we have students whose families have been displaced by flood or tornadoes, and whose parents have lost jobs because of the economic downturn. As I recently told the Iowa General Assembly’s Education Appropriations Subcommittee, we simply cannot abandon students for whom financial aid may mean the difference between attending a world-class institution like The University of Iowa or not going to college at all. That’s why we are increasing undergraduate scholarships and grants by 8.3 percent for the next academic year with money drawn from our own tuition set-aside funds. Additionally, under the federal stimulus package, the maximum Pell Grant award will increase from $4,731 to $5,350.

The hope for our young people and their futures is best realized by continuing their education, and we are determined to help them succeed. So while we must tighten our belts, we will not do so at the expense of our students or their education. At a time when the word “investment” has taken on negative connotations, I think we can all agree that investing in our students will return rich dividends for the remainder of this century and beyond.

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