JMU Reviews Governor's Budget

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HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- The JMU Board of Visitors met Friday to review the school's progress and discuss possible improvements for the university.

One major topic discussed was the proposed governor's 2014-2016 biennial budget, which provides higher education with $183 million for the General Assembly to work with.

Leaders at JMU said they are encouraged by what the governor has proposed for higher education as they said there was a time when support for higher education declined.

This new budget proposal would help pay for more in-state students to enroll in schools like JMU.

In the presentation, the only major disappointment with the budget revolved around how much was proposed for financial aid.

"We are appreciative of the money they have proposed, but it is a very important topic as we continue to talk about how important it is for our students to get a great financial education. Financial aid is a part of that conversation," said Don Egle with JMU Public Affairs.

Egle said there is still a lot of work to be done.

Historically speaking, the amount proposed hasn't changed much from what the governor proposed, but Egle said they are expecting some of the money to be re-allocated in different ways in the General Assembly.


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