Wednesday, August 15, 2007
Kudos to Hillsdale College
It’s rare, nowadays, for an institution, a business, or other entity to not accept dollars redistributed by the state, which is a shame. So I was pleased to read this yesterday evening.
Hillsdale College, a private liberal arts school in southern Michigan, announced Monday it will no longer accept state taxpayer money for student scholarships and financial aid.
The state money that students were scheduled to receive this academic year will be replaced by privately raised funds, college officials said. Hillsdale students got about $670,000 in state tuition aid and scholarships last year.
Hillsdale has not taken any federal taxpayer money since its founding in 1844. Now the college won’t take any state taxpayer money, either, likely making it one of only a handful of colleges across the nation to refuse all government money.
Good for Hillsdale College. If only such integrity and independence from government could spread across this nation.