Gov. Dave Heineman's college funding plan which would allow the state's universities and schools within the State College System to enact a two-year tuition freeze does not have all academic groups in Nebraska singing its praises.
The Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Nebraska is criticizing the governor's plan saying the increased funding that would allow for the tuition freeze may not be the most efficient use of state resources.
The group's president, Thomas O'Neill, argues that
policy makers would do better to put more money into a state grant program that would provide financial aid to students across all areas of higher education.
Heineman's plan did allow for a $1 million increase for the grant program, but O'Neill says the amount is too small.
represents 14 private colleges and universities in Bellevue, Seward,
Crete, Hastings, Fremont, York, Lincoln and Omaha.