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Students,education groups call on Ohio lawmakers to increase grant funding
Funding for the state grant program was cut from $352 million a year to $171 million dollars
by WKSU's STATEHOUSE CORRESPONDENT JO INGLES


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Students and education groups are renewing the call for state lawmakers to increase funding for the Ohio College Opportunity Grant. They say that state money for college is not available to many students who attend two year colleges. And Brandon Whitehorn, a student at Wright State University, says restrictions that the money be used only for tuition create hardships for many students.
LISTEN: Brandon Whitehorn on the financial struggles college students face

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"The Pell Grant alone does not take care of a lot outside the tuition costs. So the pricing of textbooks, parking and even daycare weighs in as decisions for people to pursue their education. We are talking about people who juggle between life, family life and also stay up late at night to work on school work. And while doing this, they have to make the decision to take a required class or hold off for another semester when they can afford it."

Whitehorn says too many students have to take out expensive loans just to meet living expenses. In 2009, funding for the state grant program was cut from 352 million dollars a year to 171 million dollars.

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