Chancellor Gardner calls new budget ‘student focused’


COLUMBUS – Ohio’s Chancellor of Higher Education said Gov. Mike DeWine’s state budget proposal for
colleges and universities is student focused and a positive development for Ohio’s future.
“After 33 years in the General Assembly and 16 budgets, this may be the most student-focused state budget
I’ve seen for higher education,” said Chancellor Randy Gardner, who is a former state senator and
representative from Bowling Green. “This budget centers on affordability while helping prepare Ohio for
a fast-changing economy and high-quality jobs through workforce preparation, more need-based financial
aid, and strategic scholarships.”
The budget highlights an increase of nearly $50 million in need-based financial aid for college students
over the next two years and an additional $24 million in support for student scholarships in science,
technology, engineering, mathematics and medical careers.
The budget will be considered by the Ohio House of Representatives and Ohio Senate before DeWine’s
expected signature before July 1.
The executive budget “blue book,” including DeWine’s full budget recommendations, tax expenditure report,
and budget highlights, can be found on the Ohio Office of Budget Management’s website.

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