Miami University Announces New Financial Grants for Low-Income Students

Miami University, a state-operated educational institution in Oxford, Ohio, has announced a new financial aid plan for low-income students. Under the Miami Access Initiative, all students from the state of Ohio who come from families with incomes of less than $35,000 will have their tuition and other expenses paid for from university funds.

The Miami Access Initiative was made possible from a $10 million gift from the estate of Lois K. Klawon, a 1939 graduate of Miami University who died last year. She stipulated that her gift to the university be used to help low-income students.

The new program will begin in the fall of 2007. It is expected that between 125 and 150 students will qualify for Miami Access Initiative grants.

Only 3.4 percent of the students at Miami University are black. But the new financial aid program may serve to attract more African-American students to the campus.