Thursday, November 10, 2011

Free State money for college

Today's email brought greetings from Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford and informaiton about money that is doled out to six students in each of Illniois' 102 counties, thanks to our generous legislators.

I wrote back to Dan and told him I thought the program ought to be scrapped. Why should six students per county scarf up thousands of dollars just because a parent served during a military conflict? (Do you think there are really any children of WW II vets going to college?)

Here is Treasurer Rutherford's email:

"There is a tuition waiver available for children of Veterans living in Illinois. The waiver may be used for any University of Illinois campus. Up to six waivers per Illinois county are awarded each year, one for each of the following conflicts: World War II, Korean Conflict, Vietnam Conflict, Southwest Asia Conflict, Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. Applications will be available beginning December 1, 2011. Students need to apply before March 1, 2012. To learn more about this tuition waiver, go to: 

"Any questions can be directed to The Office of Student Financial Aid, Ph: 217-333-0100. Please let anyone who qualifies know about this opportunity. 

"Sincerely, Dan Rutherford Illinois State Treasurer"

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Free money... luv it. I like free beer too, but I betcha you knew that already. DOH!
Didja hear Metra wants to raise fares up to 30%!!! Howabout Metra reclaiming all the funds Pagano scammed before he stepped in front of one of his beloved locomotives? If all the funds were recouped from all the crooks in the US, we'd probably be a rich nation again. Doh.