Declining Enrollment, Budget Impasse Put Pressure On NIU Recruiters

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Enrollment at many Illinois public universities has declined in the past decade. This coincides with the state approaching two years without a full spending plan. As a result, college-bound students have tough decisions to make. “Finding a college that was more affordable was the better goal than trying to find a college that was my dream,” said Emani Brinkman, a Sycamore High School senior who is choosing to go out of state for college to study communications. “For most schools, it’s 40, 30, 50,000 [dollars] a year, and you don’t have that in your pocket," Brinkman said. "You have to look out; you have to get scholarships; you have to see how much you get from financial aid.” Classmate Sarah Geoghegan also chose a private, out-of-state college to study pre-law. Their high school is just a few miles from Northern Illinois University. “If I would have stayed in Illinois, if I decided to go to a public university in Illinois, it’s just another added uncertainty – one that I don’t have to

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May 7, 2017 at 10:15PM

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Declining Enrollment, Budget Impasse Put Pressure On NIU Recruiters

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