Unmet Financial Need: $15,000,000
During the 2005-6 academic year, approximately 14,300 students were studying toward their BA and MA degrees in the north. Recent surveys have shown, however, that the number of registered students for the upcoming academic year has dropped by 30%.
The prospect of not attending college this coming year has serious consequences not just for these individuals, but for the colleges in particular and the north as a whole. Without higher education degrees, these individuals will not achieve advanced levels of professional and economic success. Without enough enrolled students, colleges will be forced to close their doors. Moreover, without educated young people living and studying in their midst, the future of Northern communities remains stilted. The bottom line: We must ensure these young people are not forced to drop out of school as a means of ensuring the future advancement and achievement of the entire Northern region. The next ten days will be critical as registration for colleges close.