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August 15, 2008 :: Higher Education Chancellor Comments on the Passage of the College Opportunity and Affordability Act

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“The passage of the Higher Education Opportunity Act shows Congress’ commitment to ensuring that students will have more of the resources and tools necessary to succeed at our college and universities,” said Chancellor Glen D. Johnson.

“The authorization of increased Pell grants and additional new grant initiatives to assist under-represented students will be vital in providing affordable access to more Oklahoma students on campuses around the state,” said Johnson. “Furthermore, the provision ensuring that military benefits do not count against service members' eligibility for federal grants and loans to pay for college will impact many Oklahomans.”

“This act creates the roadmap for future funding; now the focus will be on obtaining the funding to make this happen,” said Johnson. “I look forward to working with our congressional delegation, the governor and our legislature to ensure that our institutions and students have all that they need to succeed.”