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Md. fund gives tax dollars to private colleges

A lone Maryland senator is campaigning against a little-known state aid program that dispenses cash to private colleges, the Chronicle of Higher Education reports.

The Joseph A. Sellinger State Aid Program was launched in 1973 to preserve "a diversity of educational choice in the state" after a downturn shuttered four private Maryland colleges, according to the article.

Sellinger disburses $38 million a year, and helps to prop up such programs as need-blind admissions. Nearly half the money goes to Johns Hopkins University, according to the article; $1.6 million to Goucher College in Baltimore, and $4.4 million to Loyola University Maryland.

State Sen. James Brochin, a Democrat from the Baltimore suburbs, says the state shouldn't be handing out money to private colleges at a time of fiscal crisis.

The many supporters of the state fund say it's helping support the cause of collegiate choice in Maryland. Four-fifths of the money is spent on in-state students. But Gov. Martin O'Malley has targeted it for cuts.

"It has been on the governor's hit list," Brochin told the Chronicle. Its fate "depends on what happens with the economy."

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By Daniel de Vise  |  June 8, 2010; 9:41 AM ET
Categories:  Admissions , Aid , Finance , Privates , Public policy  | Tags: Brochin Sellinger, James Brochin, Maryland private colleges, Sellinger state aid, tax dollars private colleges  
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The state raises public college tuitions, but hands money to private schools. What's wrong here?

Posted by: jckdoors | June 8, 2010 12:25 PM | Report abuse

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