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University of Mary Offers More Aid to Students from Catholic High Schools

Our Sunday Visitor currently has an article posted examining the efforts of various Catholic universities around the U.S. to make their education more affordable for students.  In particular, the article gives details about a new financial aid initiative at the University of Mary in Bismark, North Dakota. From the article:
Last year, the University of Mary in Bismarck, N.D., kicked off a program that offers free room and board to graduates of Catholic high schools — a qualification stipulated by the donors funding the scholarships. This year, about 50 of the incoming freshmen are eligible, and they’re coming from all over the country. Father James Patrick Shea, president of U-Mary, has met students from Pennsylvania, Maryland, Arizona, Rhode Island and other states, who without the free room and board might not have considered studying in North Dakota. “It has certainly increased the number of Catholic high school students who go to the university, and it has significantly increased the diversity geographically,” he said. U-Mary has another goal with that program — to make Catholic higher education more desirable by making the experience more affordable.
Read the rest of this article here. In a 2009 study released by The Cardinal Newman Society (CNS), “College Affordability and Catholic Identity,” economist Andrew Gillen found that students at colleges recommended by CNS in The Newman Guide graduate with fewer loans and less debt—on average, about $2,000 less than at all private colleges and $1,400 less than at other Catholic colleges.

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