A Congressional subcommittee focusing on the affordability of higher education is hoping to learn something from a college in Mid-Missouri. The Congressional panel heard from a handful of officials from across the country, including Pat Kirby, the Vice President and Dean of Enrollment Services at Westminster College in Fulton. Kirby outlined Westminster’s plan which has the school reducing the cost of tuition for incoming students by 20-percent. He says lawmakers seemed impressed at how Westminster has made higher education more affordable. Lawmakers hope state colleges and universities can learn a thing or two from Westminister. Kirby says sometimes the big schools can learn something from the smaller institutions like Westminster College and can take action to allay fears that higher education is becoming too expensive for many American families.
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