Lansing, if they get this casino, wants to use their portion of the revenue to pay for college for every Lansing student....This made me wonder where are the funds that Toledo is going to recieve being allocated? Are they going to the general fund and how do we change that so it goes to a similar type program? Why does Toledo never think outside the box?
Did everybody here forget that Toledo Public Schools already has a similar program/programs for both Owens CC and University of Toledo?
The UT Guarantee at the University of Toledo
The UT Guarantee offers 100 percent tuition and general fees for academically qualified students that can show financial need and who meet the following criteria:
∑ Must be a recent graduate of Toledo Public Schools
∑ File the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to determine financial need, along with showing eligibility for a Pell Grant
∑ Hold a minimum of a 3.0 grade-point-average in high school
∑ The scholarship is good for all four years of college, as long as the recipient maintains a 3.0 grade-point-average, successfully completes 30-credit hours each school year and files the FAFSA annually.
Success Program At Owens Community College
Owens Community College is now even more accessible for students from Toledo Public Schools. Tuition is free through the Success Scholarship Program. To qualify students need to receive only partial financial aid in the form of a federal Pell Grant. Owens will provide a grant to cover the remaining cost of tuition and fees for up to three years.
The objective of the Success Program is to make an associateís degree available for all students. The program gives students a reason to stay in school and earn their high school diploma since it is available only to high school graduates. There is no grade point restriction. If students want a college education then all they have to do is complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FASFA) form. Once they qualify for any assistance then Owens Community College picks up the rest. The final step is to enroll at Owens. With over 130 programs the toughest decision is to decide what courses to take.
Two choices. 100% free for needy students who show good academic potential (UT) or no potential at all (Owens--GPA doesn't matter, but you can go there). We have to spend more because Johnny or Lucy wants to go to Ohio State or Kent State instead? Someone please explain to me again why we need a new scholarship program?
And isn't this the same board where people bitch about Lloyd Jacobs and all the money he's getting / wasting, while at the same time firing low level employees and jacking up tuition? Now, we want to give him more money on top of that from the casino...while our roads are falling apart (among other things)?
Sorry, the casino money (if there truly will be any) should be spent on other things.