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Nebraska College Administrators Crediting Financial Aid and Outreach Programs for Increased College Attendance

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Nebraska college administrators are attributing an increase in college enrollment to financial aid and outreach programs.

The percentage of high school students going on to college has increased about five percent since 2006, with nearly 70 percent of students enrolling. That puts the state in seventh place nationally according to the most recent data.

University of Nebraska President J.B. Milliken says the university has worked to offer tuition assistance and a two-year freeze proposed by Gov. Dave Heineman. And a grant program aims to make college visits easier for high school students.

"As the parent of college-aged children myself, I am a strong believer that campus visits are a critical early step for students in selecting a school that best meets their needs," shared Milliken. "Students who choose a school that fits are in a much better position to have a positive college experience and complete their degrees. Nebraska is home to many high-quality colleges and universities, and I encourage students and their families to visit as many of them as they can."

Administrators hope that these efforts can increase the number of high school students going on to college as they are still not satisfied with 70 percent.

"While we're excited about the increase in the state's college-going rate, it's still not good enough," Liz Koop, president and CEO of EducationQuest Foundation said.

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