A group of students and university officials will be lobbying for at least $5 million in financial aid for the university next month.
Twelve to 16 students will be in Austin on Feb. 11 and 12 to lobby state legislators for Texas Tuition Equalization Grant money, which comes from a state-funded student financial aid program designed to help needy Texas residents pay tuition at approved private Texas colleges and universities, said Mike Scott, director of scholarships and student financial aid. Scott said about 1,450 TCU students received more than $5 million in TEG grant money this year, he said. TCU is the third largest recipient of the grant, he said.
Susan Adams, associate vice chancellor and dean of campus life, said the money received from the TEG helps keep tuition lower for all students.
Student Body President Kelsie Johnson said she selected a diverse group of student leaders to make the trip.
“The goal of us going down to Austin is to meet personally with legislators so they can put a face with an idea,” Johnson said. “So we can show them our personal reasons why TCU needs this grant money.”