As a response to concerns from the State Budget Committee, Indiana University President Michael McRobbie has begun a program which could offset some of the school’s planned tuition increases over the next two years.
Saying he hopes Indiana University students will have what he calls “more skin in the game”, IU’s President Tuesday announced any in-state undergrad can earn $200-$300 off their tuition next year by earning a 3.0 grade point average in both semesters this year. McRobbie says the program is slated to run only through the state’s current two-year budget cycle, but might be extended if it pays off.
“It’s going to be an interesting experiment to see how successful it is,” McRobbie said. “If this has a measurable impact on completion rates, on retention rates, I would see us continuing a program like this in some form in the future.”
McRobbie says the program is a response to a threat from State Budget Committee Chairman and Noblesville State Senator Luke Kenley to take consideration of IU building projects out of the funding pipeline. But he insists Kenley’s worries are just one factor in the decision and such a program may have eventually been created absent any quarrel with lawmakers.