Hundreds of thousands of minority, poor and middle class students could miss out on an opportunity to attend college if Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick gets his way.
Patrick wants to eliminate programs that require 20 percent of all tuition collected by schools to go to students who demonstrate financial need. By doing away with the financial aid programs, Patrick said, the state could reduce the cost of tuition by 20 percent.
The Dallas Morning News used financial aid data and interviews with experts to illustrate the flaws in Patrick’s plan. Eliminating the financial aid programs would generate only modest savings for wealthy students, not the 20 percent he promised. At the same time, students who could not attend college without substantial aid would lose access to higher education.