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Durbin proposes student loan reform

May  09, 2014

U.S. Senator Richard Durbin was on campus on Friday, May 9 to promote a series of bills focused on student loan reform. In addition to holding a press conference with local media, the senator spoke with about a dozen current Augustana students and met with President Steve Bahls.

Student Government Association President Cameron Onumah '14, a political science and communication studies major from Burbank, California, and Joshua Schipp '10 who now lives in Rock Island also spoke at the press conference.

Senator Durbin praised Augustana for being part of the solution to the increasing costs of higher education.

The college has taken several steps to become more efficient, for which U.S. News ranked Augustana fourth among national liberal arts colleges, and provide additional funding for scholarships, including the recently added Close the Gap Award program.

Beginning with the 2014-2015 school year, Augustana's Close the Gap program will provide $2,500-$7,500 annually to high-achieving students with high financial need.

President Bahls introduced the Close the Gap Award program in January at a meeting with President Obama at the White House, and several students entering the Class of 2018 this fall will benefit from the program.

Sam Schlouch
Director, Public Relations and Arts Promotion
(309) 794-7833
samschlouch@augustana.edu