The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences will commit an additional $1 million in financial support to its undergraduate students for the 2016-17 academic year.
“The need to support our students has never been greater,” said Bruce McPheron, vice president for agricultural administration and dean of CFAES, as he announced the commitment during Farm Science Review on Sept. 22. “We are going to take a very hard look at what we can do as a college to create a sustainable model that takes into consideration all the complexities of financial support for our students.
“Our goal over the next decade is to cut our student debt significantly. Any impact we can make on reducing our students’ debt translates into more money they can put toward their professional and personal lives.”
College affordability is increasingly becoming an issue of concern for students and their families nationwide. Currently, CFAES students graduate with an average debt of nearly $28,000 for students on the Columbus campus and just over $17,000 for students on the Wooster campus.
Thanks to the generosity of its donors, the college awarded nearly $2.1 million in financial support to undergraduate students on the Columbus and Wooster campuses for the current academic year.
Details can be found here.