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MSU aims to increase student retention, give more financial aid

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BOZEMAN - Montana State University announced a sweeping six-year plan to increase retention, financial aid and reduce disparity for disadvantaged students.

MSU released details Wednesday on its Choosing Promise strategic plan, including:

"by the year 2024, the plan calls for meeting 80 percent of student financial need, compared to the current 74 percent. It seeks to increase the number of dual enrollment students – those who take college courses while they are still enrolled in high school – by 40 percent. It also seeks to increase the number of 1-year and 2-year degrees and certificates awarded by 50 percent."

"The plan calls for increasing the number of new freshmen and transfer students who return their second fall — a measure referred to as student retention — from 72 percent to 85 percent. It also seeks to reduce disparities for students who are economically disadvantaged, first generation students, veterans, adult learners, individuals with disabilities, and students from underrepresented races and ethnicities."

MSU President Waded Cruzado says they're aiming to make "disciplined decisions" about school resources. The school has reported record increases in enrollment over the last few years, even as the University of Montana in Missoula announces record drops in enrollment and multi-million-dollar budget cutbacks.

Click here to read more about MSU's Choosing Promise plan.

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