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Educational group wants financial aid increase for college students


Eau Claire (WQOW) -  We all know college can be expensive. One group says too many students are being left out because of finances, and it wants that changed.

A commission made up of educational leaders has been examining the state's financial aid program.  This week, it released a report, calling for more aid in the next state budget.  According to the report, last year, more than 76,000 students who were eligible for financial aid did not receive need-based grants because state funding ran out. State Superintendent Tony Evers was in Eau Claire Wednesday.

"One of the key goals in the state of Wisconsin for everybody is to make sure everybody is as educated as possible. Absolutely, an increase in financial aid is a real important thing. We have a lot of people who have needs and we need to meet those needs," says State Superintendent Tony Evers. 

UW-Eau Claire Junior, Bryan Krause, says, "I got a lot of financial aid my freshman year and so that was really helpful but the last two years I haven't go nearly as much as I would need. I'm not really sure how I am going to pay for next semester."

The commission recommends changing the law, it would like to see certain financial aid programs increase each time tuition goes up.  

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