Online students tend to be better off financially than on-campus students, but a new program at Oregon State University aims to even the playing field.
Thanks to a state grant, the university is offering financial assistance to military veterans who attend classes online but don't qualify for the full GI Bill housing allowance offered to on-campus students, KTVZ reports.
"This discrepancy is rooted in the misconception that students who learn online have less financial need than those who learn on campus," says Shannon Riggs, who heads the university's Ecampus online education program.
"The aim of this new program is not to compare which student population needs assistance more."
In 2021, 48% of Ecampus undergraduate students were deemed to have "high financial need" compared to 29% of Oregon State's on-campus students, Riggs says.
The new program will offer assistance to students in fields such as technology, health care, and manufacturing. Read the Entire Article
A customized collection of grant news from foundations and the federal government from around the Web.
TechSoup is tapping impact investors to raise capital to fund initiatives that enable the nonprofit organization to grow and strengthen its work.