Iowa State University president looks to make higher ed affordable
AMES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa State University President Steven Leath has set a goal of raising $150 million in private gifts for student financial aid during the next five years.
Leath announced the fundraising goal Friday during a ceremony in which he was installed as Iowa State's 15th president. He's been working at Iowa State since January.
In his address, Leath called for universities to do more to help students pay for their education, noting this was a key to making a higher education accessible. Leath says "being accessible means being affordable."
Leath also proposed a plan addressing student debt issues that includes limiting university cost increases and providing better financial counseling to students.
Leath promised not to increase student fees next years. Fees fund a variety of student services.
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