Current Issues

President Haeger's statement regarding student loans

June 21, 2013—Expanding access to more university students and producing skilled graduates is the surest path needed to drive the economy in Arizona and the country.

As we explore ways to make higher education more accessible, student loans should be a tool, not a burden. In particular, federally backed Stafford loans demonstrate the nation’s understanding of the importance of college. Interest rates on those loans must be kept as low as possible. A jump from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent, which will take place July 1 unless Congress takes action, will only serve to punish those who have shown the initiative to improve their lives, and improve society, through obtaining a college degree. 
It is my hope that Congress will heed the voice of Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick and others who advocate a reasonable long-term solution to this category of college cost.  

Other recent issues

Regents approve university budget requests
June 14, 2013—The Arizona Board of Regents approved the FY14 annual operating budgets for the three state universities at its June meeting at the High Country Conference Center in Flagstaff. Read more.
NAU launches Personalized Learning program
May 28, 2013—Northern Arizona University announced in May 2013 that its pioneering online program is now accepting students, after receiving approval from the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Read more about what students learn on the way to a college degree will come at a lower cost in time and money.