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This week we asked students: In an attempt to address the budget deficit, North Pole representative Tammy Wilson has proposed legislation that would require students to repay Alaska Education Grants and Alaska Performance Scholarships if they do not complete their degree in four years. What do you think of this proposal?
“Sometimes people have family issues comes up, but in general, I think it’s a good idea to implement to cut waste and keep people on track with their education goals.” – Alexis Holt, Freshman, Natural Medicine
“I don’t think that’s a great idea. Unless you come into school with a really, really good standing you’re not going to be able to graduate in four years; it takes five at least. I think it forces a time limit that would detract from my education. I know we have to tackle budget issues but I think we can do better.” – Ryan Rostad, Senior, Geological Engineering
“I think you run into problems with students, like myself, who are undeclared. You run into the problem in four years of not figuring out what you want to do in the next four years. Overall, I think it should be up to the students.” – Ryan Keenan, Freshman, Undeclared
“A lot of people can fail classes and stuff just happens, so a four-year timeline would be unrealistic and unfair for most students to comply with.” – Chris Smith, Sophomore, Natural Resource Management
“Tammy Wilson doesn’t know what’s she’s talking about. She has no business experience so for her to suggest legislation on something she doesn’t know much about is eyebrow-raising. I also think most students here are non-traditional single women in their 30s and it might take them more than four years to graduate.” – Alexa Hinzman, Grad Student, Civil Engineering & Hydrology
“I don’t think it’s fair. If students received them they should get to keep them.” – Lucas Braga, Junior, Geological Engineering