UPDATE: Missouri loan agency offers help to fund college scholarships

Friday, June 10, 2011 | 3:43 p.m. CDT; updated 5:08 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, June 14, 2011

CHESTERFIELD — Missouri's student loan authority has agreed to provide $30 million for college scholarships for the second straight year.

The board of the Missouri Higher Education Loan Authority approved the money transfer Friday during a meeting at its Chesterfield headquarters. The agency, which services loans to students from across the country, set aside the $30 million earlier this year with the expectation that the state would need it.

The 2012 budget, signed into law Friday by Gov. Jay Nixon, banked on MOHELA making the money transfer.

The loan authority also provided $30 million last year to help offset a portion of the funding cuts to the Access Missouri program, which is the state's main financial-need-based scholarship.


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