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College Scholarships, Financial Aid Could Be Next Legal Battle

Colleges scrutinize race-based financial aid after affirmative action ruling

JULY 10, 2023 | written by STEVE ULRICH

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1. College Scholarships, Financial Aid Could Be Next Legal Battle

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by Susan Svrluga, Washington Post

After the Supreme Court rejected race-based affirmative action in college admissions, some state and university leaders are already asking what that means for scholarships and financial aid aimed at students from underrepresented groups — and some scholars are predicting more legal skirmishes over race and higher education.

Admissions and financial aid, recruitment and retention and support of students, are so intertwined at colleges that it’s natural that people are asking questions after the Supreme Court ruling, said Nicholas Hillman, a professor in the School of Education at UW-Madison.

» The Big Picture:Karen McCarthy, vice president of public policy and federal relations at the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators, said school officials are asking question such as, “'What are the gray areas? How do we advance diversity and equity considerations but still be compliant with this decision and the law?'” Her association has been encouraging institutions not to rush to judgment.”

» Why It Matters: “Race-based scholarships are not going to be allowed,” said Erwin Chemerinsky, dean of the University of California at Berkeley’s law school. “In states that have eliminated affirmative action already, they have also eliminated race-based scholarships.”

» What They’re Saying: “I think that will affect giving out scholarships limited to minorities, or even scholarships where having minority status is preferred,” said David Bernstein, a law professor at George Mason University.


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