Zach Komes, 19, a sophomore economics major at GW who is the lead organizer of the student group GW Not for Profit, which was formed in 2011 out of concern for rising tuition and funding transparency, said in an emailed statement that "it’s positive to know that this policy change has finally been made public.
"The new openness is a positive sign that Provost Koehler values transparency," added Komes. "However, the root cause of this shift in policy is the dramatic increase in university spending, fueled by large tuition hikes, in the past few decades. Many students have grown frustrated that tuition hikes have tended to fund large capital construction and renovation projects rather than financial aid and improved academics.”
Our organization was recently quoted in an Al Jazeera America article on our reaction to the recent change in the University financial aid policies.
We believe this perception of misaligned spending priorities is best mitigated through increased financial transparency and student engagement. Read more about our solution and stay tuned for new developments.