Keene State College Enrollment Problem Solved? - Granite Grok

Keene State College Enrollment Problem Solved?

new-tech-table at UNH
Responsible Spending: The infamous $17,570.00 cafeteria table at UNH

Keene State College has been running deficits. Budget cuts are an annual feature as enrollment declines. But the State University System is coming to the rescue.

New Hampshire public universities are becoming more accessible with the expansion of a financial aid program.

The Granite Guarantee program started in fall 2017 at the University of New Hampshire will now be applicable to Keene State College and Plymouth State University, the University System of New Hampshire announced Tuesday.

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I think colleges should raise money and try to attract students, so the Granite Guarantee is a great idea, but if the UNH system can raise hundreds of millions in “donations” to give students free tuition why do taxpayers keep having to backstop their budget at all?

Couldn’t we redirect that money to something else, like giving it back to the people who earned it by not taking it in the first place?

And then there’s this. What happens when the UNH system runs out of donations to fund their giveaway? How quickly will certain actors in state politics come calling to taxpayers to finance this ‘critical’ program?