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Idaho ranks last in providing financial aid

Tue., Jan. 17, 2012, 7:39 a.m.

BOISE — A new state report shows that Idaho ranks last among its neighbors for providing state and local financial aid to college students.

But research also shows that Idaho college students are not taking full advantage of scholarship money Idaho makes available each year. Researchers found that about $1.3 million was left untouched from a state supported scholarship fund the past two years.

The findings are included in a report prepared by the state Office of Performance Evaluations and presented Monday to a legislative committee.

OPE researchers also concluded that ability to pay, academic readiness and affordability are three main barriers to graduates going on to college. The report also cited a lack of counselors in high schools who can focus on post-secondary education options for high school juniors and seniors.

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