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MEDIA ADVISORY: Historic Partnership to Increase College Affordability for Low-Income Marylanders

February 8, 2016

Aries Matheos
410-269-0306 (o) | 443-603-2684 (m)

When: 12:45 p.m. on Thursday, February 11, 2016

Where: Room 170-180, Lowe House Office Building, House of Delegates, Annapolis, MD

What: Announcing the launch of an innovative program to expand college opportunities for low-income Marylanders.

Who:  Ms. Tina Bjarekull, President of MICUA; Dr. James Fielder, Maryland’s Secretary of Higher Education; Dr. Karen Salmon, Deputy Superintendent and Chief Performance Officer at the Maryland State Department of Education; leaders and members of the Maryland General Assembly; the presidents and administrators of MICUA’s colleges and universities; and more than 150 college students will gather to announce the launch of an innovative program to reduce college costs and moderate student debt for low-income Marylanders.   

Why:  Too many low-income Marylanders do not reach their full potential, because they fail to enroll at a college that best meets their academic aspirations.  Maryland’s independent colleges and universities and the State of Maryland are creating this public-private partnership to address this pressing problem by closing the affordability gap for capable and financially challenged high school graduates.